The leader of the Liberal Democrats – Tim Farron – has resigned after he said that being a political leader, and living as a commited Christian had “has felt impossible”.
Tim Farron has said that he has faced “scrutiny” over matters regarding his faith, which has come up several times after comments he made regarding gay sex.
This comes nearly a week after the 2017 General Election which saw the Lib Dems increase their seat count by three from 9 to 12, slowly rebuilding after Nick Clegg and the party’s wipeout in the 2015 General Election.
Tim Farron succeeded Nick Clegg, winning by a margin 13% – 56.5% to Norman Lamb’s 43.5% – and sought to re-establish the party by relying on its grassroots.
As there is currently no deputy leader, Tim Farron will remain in his position until another leadership election is held.
“I seem to be the subject of suspicion because of what I believe and who my faith is in.
In which case we are kidding ourselves if we think we yet live in a tolerant, liberal society.
That’s why I have chosen to step down as leader of the Liberal Democrats.”
Tim Farron’s full statement can be read here.