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Tim Farron MP to hold public surgery in Kendal

Tim Farron MP will hold a public surgery on Saturday 29 July Credit: PA

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron is set to hold a public advice surgery on Saturday 29 July, from 10am to 11am.

People who wish to attend the surgery at the South Lakes Foyer in Kendal, don't need to book an appointment.

I would encourage any local residents who have any concerns they wish to raise with me to come along to the surgery on Saturday. I speak with a large number of constituents each week about the issues that affect them, and will always do my best to help.”

– Tim Farron MP

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Tim Farron: GSK should leave 'dowry' for site's future investment and jobs

GSK pulled out of a planned £350million investment in the Ulverston site Credit: GSK

South Lakeland MP Tim Farron has called for pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to leave a dowry behind to make future investment in the site more attractive for a potential buyer and to support local jobs.

This week GSK shocked the area by pulling out of a planned £350million investment in the Ulverston site which would have supported hundreds of local jobs.

Tim Farron says the local community is still reeling from the news:

People feel betrayed and many residents are understandably concerned about the impact on jobs. GSK should commit to leaving a substantial dowry of several million pounds, to show good faith to the local community.

Leaving even a fraction of the £350million that GSK would have invested would help to support local jobs and partially compensate local residents for this blow. Our local community has shown deep commitment to GSK. GSK must now show an ongoing commitment to our community. Anything else will be an appalling betrayal.”

– Tim Farron, South Lakeland MP

South Lakes MP set to launch new 'town hall meetings'

Meetings are set to take place on on Friday 28 July and Tuesday 1 August Credit: PA

South Lakes MP, Tim Farron, is set to begin a series of 'town hall meetings' alongside his annual summer tour this year.

The meetings will give residents the opportunity to put their questions to Tim and to raise and discuss any issues local people have.

Tim Farron says one of the best parts of his job is listening to and acting on the concerns of local people.

Wherever you are in the South Lakes, and whatever your question or issue, I’d be delighted to see you on the tour or at one of the meetings.”

– Tim Farron, South Lakes MP

The first two meetings will be held at Carver Uniting Church in Windermere on Friday 28 July and Grange-over-Sands Parish Church on Tuesday 1 August. Both meetings will run from 7pm to 9pm.

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

Watch the exclusive interview below:

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

Credit: PA

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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