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Tim Farron: 'I'm committed to equality'

In an exclusive TV interview, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron told our reporter Tim Backshall that his choice to resign was "the right one".

When asked about his voting, or lack of, on equality bills, speaking on our programme, the Westmorland and Lonsdale MP said he is "committed to equality".

There are some people of various faiths who think their job in politics is to impose their faiths on others, I have never thought that.

I think it is first of all not liberal and secondly, actually, it is counterproductive when it comes to advancing the gospel.

– TIM FARRON MP

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In the end, I've made a choice that I think is the right one.

– Tim Farron MP

The MP will remain leader of the Liberal Democrats party until a successor is chosen.

Diocese of Carlisle 'saddened' by Farron resignation

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The Diocese of Carlisle says it's saddened that Westmorland and Lonsdale MP, Tim Farron, has resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats, as a result of the focus on his Christian faith.

We both know Tim Farron well and recognise him to be a politician who is honourable, inspirational and hardworking and who has always represented his constituency well.

“So we are saddened that he has felt moved to have to resign from his position as leader of the Liberal Democrats, as a result of the focus which has been placed on his faith in recent weeks.

“This decision transcends party politics and directly speaks of the need for the political arena to have space for those people who profess and live out a faith in the love of Christ.

“Our prayers are with Tim Farron and his family at this time as he prepares to stand down from his leadership role when Parliament breaks for the summer recess.”

– Rt Rev’d James Newcome, the Bishop of Carlisle and the Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman, the Bishop of Penrith

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Scottish Lib Dems praise Farron's 'inspirational' leadership

Willie Rennie Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire/PA Images

The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has praised Tim Farron for his "inspirational" leadership.

Mr Farron resigned as the party's leader today.

Willie Rennie said he "still has a big role to play" in British politics.

Tim Farron has been a dynamic, energetic and inspirational leader who took the party from the dark days following the 2015 election to its highest membership ever. He increased our parliamentary representation at this election with a diverse group of talented people.

I will always be grateful for his friendship and leadership and I believe he still has a big role to play in British politics.

– Willie Rennie

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