Tim Farron QUITS as leader of Lib Dems as he wants to stay ‘faithful to Christ’

14 Jun

Mr Farron, 47, claimed he was “proud” of the progeess his party had made under his leadership, with membership doubling since 2015.

“Against all the odds, the Liberal Democrats matter again.

“We can be proud of the progress we have made together, although there is much more we need to do,” he said.

“My successor will inherit a party that is needed now more than ever before. Our future as an open, tolerant and united country is at stake.

“The cause of British liberalism has never been needed more. People who will fight for a Britain that is confident, generous and compassionate are needed more than ever before.

“That is the challenge our party and my successor faces and the opportunity I am certain that they will rise to.”

He had claimed that his party could benefit from a backlash against last year’s EU referendum result among Remain supporters.

His push towards to poll emphasised that the Lib Dems were the most enthusiastic pro-Brussels party and promised a re-run of the referendum in an attempt to reverse Brexit.

But the strategy backfired, with the Lib Dem vote share dropping by 0.5 points to 7.4 per cent compared with the 2015 general election.

The party also suffered the humiliation of seeing former leader Nick Clegg ousted from his Sheffield Hallam seat on election night.

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