Tim Farron admits he decided to resign as Lib Dem boss a month before the election because of his faith

Jul 15, 2017 by

TIM Farron secretly decided to quit as Lib Dem leader a month before the election because of questions about his faith, he said today.

The outgoing party boss admitted his conservative views on gay couples and abortion was damaging the Lib Dems’ election chances.

But he boasted that he had “saved the party” by picking up three extra seats, even though the Lib Dems lost votes compared to the last election.

Mr Farron quit a week after polling day, saying his religious beliefs had become a distraction which was hurting the party.

[…] “I thought there isn’t a way forward out of this without me either compromising or just causing damage to the party in the long run.

“I kind of thought, well, in which case I cannot see a way I will continue to be leader into the future.

“But I kind of thought, right you’ve got to put that into a drawer, don’t talk to anybody else about it, get on and do as good a job as you can during the election.”

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