Tim Farron has resigned as Liberal Democrat leader after senior party figures triggered a coup against him earlier today.
It follows the resignation of his home affairs spokesman Lord Brian Paddick over the leader’s views on gay marriage. Lord Paddick, formerly one of the country’s most senior gay policemen, said he felt unable to continue in his role because of Mr Farron’s views on “various issues”.
Throughout the election campaign the Liberal Democrat leader was dogged by questions about his attitude to gay sex after he previously appeared to state the practice was a sin.
Mr Farron also faced tough questions about his views on abortion after he previously claimed it was “wrong”. He has now resigned as leader, saying it “felt impossible” for him to continue in the role.
Lord Paddick, formerly the Metropolitan police’s deputy assistant commissioner, tweeted yesterday: “I’ve resigned as @LibDems Shadow Home Secretary over concerns about the leader’s views on various issues that were highlighted during GE17.”