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by Liam Kirkaldy
16 July 2015
Tim Farron elected Lib Dem leader

Tim Farron elected Lib Dem leader

Tim Farron has been elected leader of the Liberal Democrats after winning 56.5 per cent of the vote.

His opponent, Norman Lamb, took the remaining 43.5 per cent in the all-member ballot.

Liberal Democrat Party president Sal Brinton said: “Both Tim and Norman ran distinctively liberal, strong campaigns that spoke to party members across the UK.

“At numerous hustings and meetings with members, they spoke of their liberal values, the direction they think we should go, and how to best rebuild the party over the coming months and years.

“Tim is a fantastic communicator and his energy, enthusiasm and passion will inspire and drive the Liberal Democrats back to winning ways.”

Farron had been urged to stand by Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie and Welsh Liberal Democrats leader Kirsty Williams following the general election.

Reacting to Farron's victory, Rennie said: “With Tim Farron the liberal force in our country has a dynamic, thoughtful and eloquent leader. I backed him because he is best placed to lead the Liberal Democrats back to recovery. And I am delighted he won against such a talented opponent in Norman Lamb.

"A new beginning for the Liberal Democrats means regaining trust, speaking up for liberalism and winning again.

“With Tim as leader we will make the case for a tolerant, compassionate, outward looking country that rejects isolation and division and works to deliver opportunity for all."

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