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Tim Farron has been elected as the new Liberal Democrat leader, following a vote of party members to decide who should succeed Nick Clegg.
Some 60,000 members were able to vote in the election to choose between Mr Farron and his rival, Norman Lamb. Mr Farron, the former president of the party, was the bookmakers' favourite to take the job.
Former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown has endorsed Norman Lamb to be the next Liberal Democrat leader.
Like many #libdems i've found it hard to choose from 2 great Leader candidates. But now decision time. I've told Norman I will vote for him
Lord Ashdown, who led the Lib Dems from 1988 to 1999, admitted it was "hard to chose" between Lamb and his rival Tim Farron, but that it was "decision time"
Lib Dem party members will decide Nick Clegg's successor in a leadership election the July 16.
Mr Clegg stood down as party leader after the Lib Dems defeat in the general election in May.
An inquiry has been launched into whether Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael broke the MPs' code of conduct over the leak of a memo suggesting Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain Prime Minister, the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner has announced.
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Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy has died aged 55, his family has said.
Mr Kennedy died at his home in Fort William yesterday.
His death is not believed to be suspicious and the cause of death is yet to be confirmed.
He lost his seat in the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency to the SNP's Ian Blackford in last month's general election.
In a statement, his family said the 55-year-old was a "fine man, a talented politician, and a loving father".
Liberal Democrats in Alistair Carmichael's Orkney and Shetland constituency are backing the former Scottish Secretary amid a police investigation into his election smear tactics and a growing online campaign to have him removed.
Carmichael leaked an unsubstantiated memo claiming Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish National Party (SNP) leader, had expressed support for the Conservatives, and initially denied any responsibility for the leak.
Local party members have voiced disappointment at Carmichael's conduct, but urged his constituents to give him "a fair hearing" rather than giving in to "mob rule" and the "increasingly personal and unpleasant political motivation of the SNP and the Yes campaign".
The members agreed that Alistair [Carmichael] has rightly taken full responsibility and has apologised to all concerned, not least to the people of Orkney and Shetland ... and he retains the full confidence of the executive.
Liberal Democrat MP and former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, who is at the centre of a row over a leaked memo, has told ITV News that he will not resign over the issue.
But Mr Carmichael still faces anger over his admission that he sanctioned the release of the document during the election campaign about the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and her alleged preference for Prime Minister.
ITV News correspondent Martin Geissler reports:
An online campaign aiming to raise funds for a legal battle against former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has raised more than £10,000.
The Liberal Democrat MP has faced calls to resign after he was identified as having been behind a leaked memo that alleged SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon had privately favoured a Conservative victory at the General Election.
Carmichael had initially denied responsibility for the leak.
More than 700 people have now donated to the online campaign - named "The People Versus Carmichael" - which was started by pro-independence and SNP supporter Fiona MacInnes.
It aims to raise £60,000 for "legal representation to hold Alistair Carmichael accountable for his behaviour before, during and after the election campaign".
The campaign promises: "If successful we will raise an election petition in the courts. This could begin a process which could have the recent result in Orkney and Shetland overturned."
Police have confirmed they are looking into a complaint made against Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael over his involvement in a leaked memo about SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: "We can confirm that a complaint has been received and inquiries are ongoing to establish whether there is any criminality."