Lib Dem legend Lord Paddy Ashdown thrills Ilford sixth formers

PUBLISHED: 14:30 19 January 2018

Lord Paddy Ashdown talking to students at the Isaac Newton Academy

Lord Paddy Ashdown talking to students at the Isaac Newton Academy


A former Liberal Democrat leader shared stories with Redbridge sixth form students on Tuesday.

Lord Paddy Ashdown visited The Isaac Newton Academy, in Cricklefield Place, Ilford.

Students learned that Lord Ashdown was an ex Royal Marine and experienced some periods of unemployment.

He is the only Member of Parliament to be elected from the unemployed register.

During the Q&A session, students asked questions about a variety of topics, including Brexit, the UK voting system, property prices, women in politics and environmental challenges to name a few.

“I was really impressed by the maturity and intelligence of the questions asked today and if this lot governs Britain we are going to be in good hands,” said Lord Ashdown.

“These young people are the future and with so much aspiration in this school, it means that we have the aspiration to change things and have a different kind of government as well.”

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