Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has blasted those who have criticised his views on issues such as homosexuality, saying "we are kidding ourselves" if we think Britain is a liberal society.
Farron stepped down as party leader last night (Wednesday June 14), because he could not face more questioning over how his Christian faiths affect his politics.
During the General Election campaign, Farron faced repeated questioning as to whether he believed gay sex was a sin, despite his support for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights – which he initially declined to answer.
He has said: “The consequences of the focus on my faith is I have been torn between living as a faithful Christian and a political leader.
“I appear to be subject of suspicion because of my beliefs and my faith.
“If this is the case, then we are kidding ourselves to think we live in a tolerant, liberal society."
The Lib Dems are now hunting for a new leader after Tim Farron resigned yesterday. Farron will carry on as Lib Dem leader until Parliament goes into summer recess, after which an election will be held.