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.”
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.
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Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has strongly condemned the decision to invade Iraq, following the publication of the Chilcot Inquiry.
The leader of the Liberal Democrats says he hopes the findings can "in some way provide comfort" to families of servicemen and women who lost their lives.
Blair was fixated in joining Bush in going to war in Iraq regardless of the evidence, the legality or the serious potential consequences.
Daesh has arisen from the complete absence of any post conflict planning by the government.
Charles Kennedy’s judgement has been vindicated in every respect. I hope those in the Labour and Conservative parties who were so forceful in their criticism of him and the Liberal Democrats at the time are equally forceful in their acknowledgements today that he was right. An absence of scrutiny by the Conservative party opened the door for Blair and the Labour Government to pursue a counter-strategic, ill-resourced campaign.
I hope Sir John Chilcot’s findings can in some way provide comfort to the families of the British servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives, and to the people of Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have lost their lives and a generation has been shaped by this illegal war.
Far from being Bush’s passenger, Blair was his co-pilot in taking this catastrophic decision which has destabilised Iraq, provided the hotbed for Daesh and tarnished Britain’s reputation around the world.