Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Liberal Democrats to elect deputy leader this month

Liberal Democrats to elect deputy leader this month

TIM Farron has resigned as the leader of the Lib Dems after less than a year in the post, it has emerged.

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.

Hours before his shock statement to his MPs, the party had already announced plans to elect a deputy leader.

"A better, wiser person may have been able to deal with this more successfully, to remain faithful to Christ while leading a political party in the current environment".

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.

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

Numerous party's activists blame Mr Farron for the Lib Dems' failure to do better in the election.

Speaking in 2007, Farron told a magazine: 'Abortion is wrong...

"To be a political leader - especially of a progressive, liberal party in 2017 - and to live as a committed Christian, to hold faithfully to the Bible's teaching, has felt impossible for me", Farron said.

"I have made my view clear and now I hope the debate can move forward to addressing the massive injustices many LGBT+ people face in our society and overseas".

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

He spoke of the "personal quandary" he had found himself in and that question about his faith had "distracted" from his party's election campaign.

Liberalism means that I am passionate about defending the right and liberty of people who believe very different things to me.

The Lib Dem peer, who is openly gay, did not spell out what views he had reservations about, but throughout the election Mr Farron came under intense scrutiny over his faith and his beliefs about gay sex.

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