“Politics is poorer for his passing” says Long after death of Paddy Ashdown announced

Alliance Leader Naomi Long has expressed her sadness after the death of former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown was announced.

Mrs Long said: “This is very sad news tonight. Paddy was a genuinely inspirational and dynamic politician who I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet.

“A great orator and enormously charismatic figure, he was always insightful in his analysis and forthright and passionate in articulating his views. His was a lively and valued addition to any debate and I know he will be sorely missed by all who knew him and by those with whom he served in Parliament.

“Paddy was a great friend to Northern Ireland, having grown up here, and a strong supporter of our peace process. We in Alliance always valued his input and support.

“He was a true statesman of international stature and politics is much poorer for his passing.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”

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