Tim Farron resigns as leader of Lib Dems

Farron was in charge for two years

Farron was in charge for two years

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tim Farron has resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

The Telegraph claims senior figures in the party triggered a coup against him earlier today, prompting his decision to step down. Farron was quoted by the paper as saying it was "impossible" for him to continue.

Farron's position has also been weakened by the resignation of his openly gay home affairs spokesman Lord Paddick, who said he couldn't support the leader's well-publicised views on gay sex - which he reportedly described as a sin in the past.

The Lancastrian took over from Nick Clegg after the 2015 election, which saw the Lib Dems suffer near-total wipeout after being in government with the Conservatives for the previous five years.

Farron, a committed Christian, has attracted controversy for his views on issues such as homosexuality and abortion, but he oversaw an upturn in the Lib Dems' fortunes, with his anti-Brexit stance chiming with large sections of the British public.

Despite this, however, the centrist party could only win 12 seats - three more than they previously held.