Tim Farron quits as leader of Liberal Democrats

Marsha Scott
June 15, 2017

Farron, 47, led the most anti-Brexit of the national political parties yet performed disappointingly in a June 8 election that became dominated by the clash between the Conservatives and Labour, squeezing support for smaller parties like his.

It immediately follows the resignation of the Lib Dems' Shadow Home Secretary Brian Paddick, who cited concerns over Farron's views on same-sex marriage.

Whatever we think of Tim Farron's views on gay sex, a subject he was repeatedly questioned about during the general election campaign, it is hard to get away from a sense of sadness that living a Christian life can be incompatible with political leadership.

He has now resigned as leader, saying it "felt impossible" for him to continue.

But he said he could no longer reconcile his strong Christian faith with his responsibilities as leader of a liberal party.

Farron, 47, faced repeated questioning over whether there was a contradiction between his Christian beliefs and leading a progressive party often known for its secularism.

He said he should have spoken more wisely with the questions around his faith during the election campaign as well as about his views on gay sex.

Tim Farron

Reacting to Mr Farron's decision, Lord Paddick told Sky News: "I'm very sad for Tim Farron".

Asked why his answer had changed, he said: "I'm quite careful about how I talk about my faith".

"There are Christians in politics who take the view that they should impose the tenets of faith on society, but I have not taken that approach because I disagree with it - it's not liberal and it is counterproductive when it comes to advancing the gospel", he said in a statement released by the party on Wednesday.

Mr Farron announced this afternoon that he would step down, following the results of last week's general election.

'At the start of this election, I found myself under scrutiny again - asked about matters to do with my faith.

He concludes: I want to say one more thing: I joined our party when I was 16, it is in my blood, I love our history, our people, I thoroughly love my party.

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