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Charles Kennedy death: Lib Dems 'have lost a giant'

Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leadership candidate, has said he is "utterly heartbroken" about the death of Charles Kennedy.

Mr Farron said the party had "lost a giant".

Tim Farron joins race for Lib Dem leadership

Tim Farron has declared he has entered the Liberal Democrat leadership race.

Tim Farron confirms leadership bid. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The former party president told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:

I have spent the last six days listening to hundreds and hundreds of members who have been urging me to do it.

My message to them is if they are up for the fightback I will step forward and put myself forward to be the next leader of the Liberal Democrats.

– Tim Farron

Mr Farron joins former health minister Norman Lamb as the contenders to replace Nick Clegg following the party's disastrous general election results.

Tim Farron: Election 'is not the last word' on Lib Dems

Tim Farron, one of the Liberal Democrats' last remaining MPs, has insisted that his party is not dead despite their dreadful showing in Thursday's General Election.

He told ITV News that if his party did not exist, "you would have to invent it".

He said: "We are absolutely going to fight back and rebuild from the grass roots, because the space is there that needs to be filled."

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Britain needs the Lib Dems says party's President

President of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron says Britain needs his party because the Conservatives are the "nasty party...trying to balance the books on the backs of the poor" and Labour are "an incompetent rabble that got us into this mess in the first place".

Speaking on the Sky News Murnaghan programme Mr Farron said Britain needs the Lib Dems to "balance the economy with compassion for people".

Tim Farron says Britain needs the Liberal Democrats. Credit: Sky News / Murnaghan

Mr Farron also insisted the mood at the party's conference is "forward-looking" despite a YouGov poll in the Sunday Times showing the party could lose MPs in the next General Election.

He said: "We shouldn't be fixated on polls. The polls show, if nothing else, that there is everything to play for."

Mr Farron added that the coalition government had worked together but "agreed to differ" on certain issues and as the election approaches some of the differences will become more obvious.

Lib Dem president: Calls for Clegg to quit 'foolish'

Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron has appealed for an end to "absolutely foolish" calls for Nick Clegg to quit as party leader.

In a call for unity Mr Farron said: "Nick Clegg should undoubtedly stay and the Liberal Democrats should stay the course in Government."

Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron. Credit: BBC/The Andrew Marr Show

He told The Andrew Marr Show: "I have lost elections before and it is miserable, and I also understand why these people will feel that the message that they got back on the doorstep, that they don't like us being in government and so on, is a really difficult one.

"But I just think, at this time, it would be absolutely foolish for us as a party to turn on ourselves."

Lib Dem president: Clegg backs 'bedroom tax' change

The Liberal Democrats wants to see the so-called 'bedroom tax' changed so that people do not face moving out of their home with nowhere to go, the party's president has told ITV News.

Current policy means social housing tenants who have a spare room face having their housing benefit reduced.

Speaking to Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship, Tim Farron said Nick Clegg shared "the view that this is something that we want to see changed".

Lib Dem president: Clegg acted 'totally appropriately'

Lib Dem president Tim Farron said he thinks leader Nick Clegg has acted "totally appropriately" regarding the claims make against Lord Rennard.

Mr Farron told Sky News: "We are a democratic party ... we must follow the due processes.

Lib Dem president Tim Farron pictured with leader Nick Clegg. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

"The lesson we must learn ... is that you do not let things fester - there is nothing kind about putting a complaint to one side".

He added, "If we can't learn from this process it will be an appalling waste".

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