Paddy Ashdown praised as man of ideals at Westminster Abbey service
Lord Paddy Ashdown was a man for "ideals, not shabby deals", a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey in honour of the former Liberal Democrat leader has heard.
Tory ex-prime minister Sir John Major paid the glowing tribute to a man he said was a "spontaneous optimist" as he addressed a congregation that included fellow ex-premiers Tony Blair, David Cameron and Gordon Brown.
Describing Lord Ashdown as a "political opponent who became a friend", Sir John said: "Not one moment of Paddy's life and times was ever wasted.
"He was always an internationalist, wedded to reason and consensus and dismissive of tribal politics.
A man for ideals, not shabby deals."