Tim Farron resigns as Liberal Democrat leader

Preston-born leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron has stepped down, according to reports.

Wednesday, 14th June 2017, 7:39 pm
Updated Monday, 19th June 2017, 12:46 pm
Tim Farron has resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats

The 47-year-old who was educated at Lostock Hall High School and Runshaw College, Leyland, announced his decision just minutes ago.

It follows the resignation of his home affairs spokesman Lord Brian Paddick over the leader's views on gay marriage.

Throughout the general election campaign the Liberal Democrat leader was dogged by questions about his attitude to gay sex after he previously appeared to state the practice was a sin.

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Tim Farron has resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats

Mr Farron also faced tough questions about his views on abortion after he previously claimed it was "wrong".

He has now resigned as leader, according to reports.

Tim Farron has resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats