Tim Farron MP announced as party leader

Today the new leader of the Liberal Democrats has been announced as Tim Farron, a Christian MP and long-standing supporter of the Liberal Democrat Christian Forum.


The election was a two horse race between Tim Farron MP and the former Health Minister, Norman Lamb MP, in which Tim won with 56.5% of the vote.

Moments after the announcement, Tim Farron tweeted:

"THANK YOU! This is a liberal country. Our job now is to turn millions of liberals throughout the UK into Liberal Democrats "

While the subject of Tim Farron's faith became an issue of controversy during the election campaign, Tim regularly articulated his liberal values and made the case for the compatibility of faith with democratic, liberal politics.

In his insightful chapter within the book Lib Dems Do God (2013) he says:

"As Christians we are called to be different from the world but we are also called to involve ourselves in it and to act with kindness, honesty and gentleness. When I read the book of Amos in the Old Testament I am reminded that while Christians are called to be meek on their own behalf, they are called to be strident when it comes to the injustices suffered by others. That is one of the many reasons why I see being a Liberal Democrat and a Christian as entirely consistent."

With 5 out of 8 Liberal Democrat MPs professing a Christian faith, as well as over 30% of party members, he is far from alone in this view. As the Guardian recently acknowledged, "It takes a major rewriting of British history to say that devout Christians cannot also be good liberals".

Live-streaming of tonight's New Leader's rally can be accessed here

Copies of Lib Dems Do God can be purchased here

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