Tim Farron resigns as Lib Dem leader

Tim Farron. Credit: ITV

Tim Farron has resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP became leader in July 2015, taking over from Nick Clegg after the party's poor performance in the 2015 General Election.

Announcing his resignation, Mr Farron cited his faith, saying: "to be a political leader, especially of a progressive liberal party in 2017, and to live as a committed Christian, to hold faithfully to the Bible's teaching has felt impossible."

ITV News correspondent Carl Dinnen broke the news on Twitter.

  • Read Tim Farron's full resignation speech:

This last two years have seen the Liberal Democrats recover since the devastation of the 2015 election.

Tim Farron