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WATCH: Farron calls for police cuts to be scrapped

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP and Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron wants the Government to change the way it calculates police budgets, after it was found Cumbria Police could lose up to £31million.

He launched his campaign today after the policing minister had to delay cuts to police forces when an error was found in the calculations.

Tim Farron says a delay isn't good enough. He wants the cuts to be scrapped and he's asking people to sign a petition to that effect.


Tim Farron wins Lib Dem leadership contest

New Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron Credit: Press Association

Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has been announced as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Farron, who has represented the South Lakeland constituency of Westmorland and Lonsdale since 2005, beat off the challenge of fellow MP Norman Lamb to win the ballot of party members with 56.5 per cent of the vote.

The result was announced on the party's Twitter account.

The leadership election had been called after former leader Nick Clegg stepped down in the wake of this year's General Election which saw the Liberal Democrats reduced from 56 to just eight seats.

New Lib Dem leader to be announced today

Credit: ITN

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron will find out today if he is to be the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

The leadership ballot closes at 2pm and the result is expected to be announced on Twitter between 4pm and 5pm. The contest is a two-horse race between Mr Farron and Norman Lamb.

Mr Farron, who has been MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale since 2005, is running to replace former leader Nick Clegg who stepped down in the wake of this year's General Election which saw the Liberal Democrats reduced from 56 to just eight seats.


Farron: 'everything we stopped' comes out in Budget

Tim Farron MP Credit: PA

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has slammed the Chancellor's budget, claiming many of today's changes had been stopped by the Liberal Democrats in the last Parliament.

In particular, Farron points to benefits for people under the age of 21, and grants for university students.

But he has praised the increase in the personal allowance, and increased funding for the NHS:

For all its talk about striving, aspiration and creating a Northern Powerhouse, this budget has delivered none of it.

It shows that the Conservatives, devoid of fresh ideas, have simply rehashed old ones that were rejected over the last few years. That is not be said that there is not some kernels of good policies within the announcement – the best being the raising of the income tax threshold to £11,000 on its way to £12,500, something we as Liberal Democrats pushed and promoted.

This will help some of the poorest working people in the Lakes.”

– Tim Farron, MP

Farron formally nominated for leadership

Tim Farron has been formally nominated as a candidate to be the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale has received the support of more than 400 party members across the UK.

Nominations closed at 4pm today, and former Care Minister Norman Lamb is the only other person who is standing against him.

Mr. Farron says he's deeply honoured to have been nominated by so many colleagues.

Sir Alan Beith endorses Tim Farron's leadership bid

Sir Alan Beith was an MP until this year Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

A senior Liberal Democrat has today endorsed Tim Farron’s bid to become the next Leader of the party.

Sir Alan Beith was the MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed from 1973 until 2015.

In the past he has been the Deputy Leader of the party.

Tim Farron has the right qualities and skills to be a very effective and inspiring leader of the Liberal Democrats, building on the big increase in party membership since polling day and reinvigorating the activists who worked so hard but saw their efforts overwhelmed by the politics of fear in the last days of the campaign.

– Sir Alan Beith
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