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Explore Now. Overview Interested in getting yourself or someone you know into parliament? Worried it might not be particularly easy given the current anti-politics mood? Think you might have it bad? Well try getting yourself elected with an activist base whose average age is deceased and with a party leader about to be arraigned at the Old Bailey for conspiracy to murder. That was the state of play for Paddy Ashdown when in he drove into Yeovil in a clapped out Renault 5, his slightly bewildered family in tow.
Sitting in a damp, draughty hall the former soldier, diplomat and spy somehow convinced the party membership to select him his only opponent had pulled out because of the fog. This eBook tells the story of how Paddy did it, inspiring a new generation of activists in Yeovil, learning to print his own leaflets in a rickety old photo offset litho printer called Clarissa, pioneering new campaign techniques, working hard on behalf of his adopted community, slowly gaining their trust and their votes until he was able to burst through in , capturing the seat from the Tories and writing another new chapter in his tumultuous career.
Taken from his acclaimed autobiography A Fortunate Life, the essay on how Paddy won Yeovil serves as a master-class in community campaigning, a must-read for any aspiring politician willing to roll up their sleeves and get stuck into a constituency. Product Details.
1983: The Winning of Yeovil
Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches. In Alan Coren's world, children, threatened by Josef Mengele's poisoned chickens, still turn to Winston The club came to national attention as ' giant-killers ' during the —49 FA Cup ,  in which they defeated Sunderland 2—1 in the fourth round , in front of a record home attendance of 17, They were defeated 8—0 in the following round by Manchester United. Between and they were champions of the Southern Football League three times, and runners-up twice.
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In , they were relegated to the Isthmian League. Yeovil won that championship in and returned to the Conference. There was success in the Bob Lord Challenge Trophy in and three years later Yeovil finished fourth in the Conference, their best finish ever. Colin Lippiatt became manager for the —99 season and brought Terry Skiverton to the club as a player.
Their team included many top players, some of whom went on to play Premier League football. Yeovil's first game in the Football League was a 3—1 away win over Rochdale. The Glovers finished their first season in eighth position, and reached the third round of the FA Cup before losing 2—0 at home to Liverpool. Before the game the club released a record sold only in shops in the town: " Yeovil True " reached 36 in the UK Singles Chart. Partway through the season the club was sold by Jon Goddard-Watts to David Webb , who took over the role of chief executive from chairman John Fry.
He was replaced by his assistant Steve Thompson and Kevin Hodges was appointed as his number two. At the season's end Thompson was demoted to first-team coach and he was replaced by Russell Slade. Yeovil finished the —07 season in fifth position, qualifying for the League One play-offs. In the semi-final Yeovil beat Nottingham Forest in the two-legged match 5—4 on aggregate, after losing the first home leg 2—0.
The —08 was less successful, as Yeovil finished 18th in League One with 52 points. Russell Slade continued as Yeovil manager into the —09 season, but he left the position in February The 1—0 victory was vital considering Swindon were also flirting with relegation and it started a good run of form with two more wins and a draw against difficult opposition. Yeovil secured their League One status with a 1—1 draw against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday 25 April, an achievement which may not have been possible without the loan of Jonathon Obika from Tottenham Hotspur. It was Obika's four goals that kept Yeovil up.
At the end of the season, Terry Skiverton had to discuss contracts with players such as Terrell Forbes and Lee Peltier. Yeovil made a good start to the —10 season with a 2—0 win over Tranmere but then went seven league games without a win. John Major won with a comfortable majority. But it had made Paddy Ashdown a household name. Frustrated by "sound bite" politics, Paddy took himself away from Westminster to spend time listening and learning about the challenges and hopes of diverse individuals, families and communities.
He wrote up and published his experiences in "Beyond Westminster - a new hope for Britain". His book became the manifesto for the Lib Dems. Politics was changing fast. Labour Leader John Smith's unexpected death ushered in the Blair era. The Conservative Party was split from top to bottom over Britain's membership of the EU with a growing hard core demanding we left. Paddy's non-tribal approach to politics led to key support for the beleaguered Major Government on Europe and conversations with Tony Blair.
They believed such a force could remodel Britain as a more positive, progressive, devolved, fairer and more inclusive country. As the General Election was called, a significant Tory defeat looked likely.
The Winning of Yeovil by Paddy Ashdown | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble®
Conversations between Paddy and Tony Blair increased and plans were laid. However the historic scale of Conservative defeat took both by surprise. The Labour hard liners saw no need for the Lib Dems and no place in their Government. Important discussions did take place leading to the creation of the Scottish Parliamemt and Government, the Welsh Assembly and fairer voting in many elections. But more ambitious plans were shelved. Paddy became increasingly frustrated as Labour reverted to its authoritarian instincts.
Most former Party Leader's retire to write their memoirs, speak on the lucrative lecture circuit and look to enjoy life. But that was simply not Paddy's way. So it came as no surprise that as the United Nations looked for someone to lead the reconstruction of the desperately divided and destroyed Bosnia, that in they summoned Paddy Ashdown. In four years he restored the rule of law, eradicated corruption and restored democracy to a war torn land divided by centuries of religious hatred.
He often joked that he simply "applied the Lib Dem election manifesto"! He completed his work by appearing at the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague to testify against the leaders who had instructed the massacres of innocent people in Bosnia. But this time his wife Jane who was his life long companion said "enough is enough". However there was no quiet retirement for Paddy. Paddy became Nick's "adviser, mentor and guide" his words.