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Paddy Ashdown gets party started at Lib Dem conference

Paddy Ashdown got behind the decks to kickstart the Liberal Democrat fightback at the party conference in Bournemouth.

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The former leader took the stage at the party disco to kick the night off - only to be upstaged by former business minister, Jo Swinson.

Together with former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael, the three ex-MPs got party activists dancing to Chumbawamba - and I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred.

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Lord Ashdown started his set with Belgian dance tune Ta Fete by Stromae.

Around 300 people packed into the party at the Bournemouth conference hotel until the early hours of the morning.


Tim Farron elected new Liberal Democrat leader

Tim Farron has been elected as the new Liberal Democrat leader, following a vote of party members to decide who should succeed Nick Clegg.

Some 60,000 members were able to vote in the election to choose between Mr Farron and his rival, Norman Lamb. Mr Farron, the former president of the party, was the bookmakers' favourite to take the job.

Paddy Ashdown backs Norman Lamb for Lib Dem leader

Former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown has endorsed Norman Lamb to be the next Liberal Democrat leader.

Lord Ashdown, who led the Lib Dems from 1988 to 1999, admitted it was "hard to chose" between Lamb and his rival Tim Farron, but that it was "decision time"

Lib Dem party members will decide Nick Clegg's successor in a leadership election the July 16.

Mr Clegg stood down as party leader after the Lib Dems defeat in the general election in May.

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