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South Lakes MP Tim Farron has this morning officially launched his campaign to become leader of the Liberal Democrats.
He was re-elected last week with a majority of 8,949, and claims that since then he has received hundreds of messages urging him to stand to be leader of his party.
But he says he is keen to stress the move will not distract him from his constituency work, stating ‘Westmorland is my home and will always be my top priority’.
I'm standing to be leader of the Liberal Democrats because I think Britain needs a political party who will stand up for the environment, human rights, equality and liberalism.
"I want to be the person who helps our party fightback and give Britain the liberal voice it needs.
“However Westmorland will always be my home and will remain my top priority. "Nothing will distract me from that.
"When I was first elected I said that I would always be Westmorland’s man in Westminster and never the other way around."
Tim Farron, the Westmorland and Lonsdale MP, has confirmed that he'll stand for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats.
Mr Farron will be up against the former health minister Norman Lamb, who put his name forward, after Nick Clegg stepped down as party leader following the election.
Tim Farron has emerged as the bookies favourite to take over from Nick Clegg as leader of the Liberal Democrats.
The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale was re-elected in Thursday's general election as one of only 8 Lib Dem MPs.
One online book makers have put his odds of winning at 1 to 5.
He is a former president of the his party and voted against tuition fees during the last Government
Ex-deputy PM Nick Clegg has resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats, prompting the question of who'll replace him.
There's been widespread speculation that the Westmorland and Lonsdale MP is favourite for the job.
During the election count, Mr Farron refused to say whether he wants to be leader or not.
Tim Farron refused to say whether he wants to be leader of the Liberal Democrats when repeatedly asked by ITV Border.
There is speculation current leader Nick Clegg will be forced to resign following the party's disappointing national performance.
The plight of Stickle Tarn in the Lake District will be heard in Parliament.
Westmoreland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has tabled a parliamentary motion. He wants to stop the Lake District National Park Authority from selling the tarn.
“There is still time for the National Park to drop this plan to sell Stickle Tarn. No matter the assurances they secure or offer – for me it’s the principle of the matter. When I voted against the government on the selloff of our forests, it was because I believedthat we should not sell the family silver. The same principle applies to Stickle Tarn.
“I will keep making the case that it should not be sold off, but I am also working with local community groups and campaigners to try and put together an 11th hour bid to keep the tarn where it belongs, in the people’s hands.”
Local MP Tim Farron has called for a decision regarding proposals to extend the boundaries of some national parks, including the Lake District National Park.
The proposals were first set out by Natural England in 2011 in a bid to increase the areas that can be conserved.
However, some residents and business say that if passed, the proposals would mean much tighter planning regulations.
Last year, a public inquiry was held after five councils, including Cumbria and Eden District , opposed the changes.
Mr Farron says the current uncertainty over the plans is worse than either outcome and has called for a decision to be made.
The South Lakes MP Tim Farron is calling on the Government to build a high speed rail link between Newcastle and Carlisle.
It follows a proposal earlier this week from the Chancellor to create one between Leeds and Manchester.
Tim Farron says that improving infrastructure in the North means thinking further than Manchester.