It has just been announced this evening that the leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron is to step down as leader at the end of the current Parliamentary session so that a successor can be elected in line with the party rules over the summer months.
In his resignation statement Tim said:
“A better, wiser person than me may have been able to deal with this more successfully, to have remained faithful to Christ while leading a political party in the current environment. “
This was in light of a lot of media spotlight based on his faith and his position on gay rights especially in the lead up to last Thursday’s general election.
Our current local party chair Stephen Glenn was a prominent early supporter of Tim when he stood for the leadership of the party. Today he has said:
“It is a sad day for our society and our Liberal Democrat party if someone of faith does not consider he is able to lead the party and be true to both. Before Tim stood as leader I did have discussions with him about his faith and the work on LGBT+ issues that I was working on.
“As a fellow Christian but also a gay man I was convinced then, as I am now, that Tim Farron is no homophobe and in no way stands in the way of LGBT+ rights. Indeed at every step of the way he has backed every reform wholeheartedly.
“For the past 2 years I have been proud to be one of the Lib Dem cockroaches that Tim mentioned early in his leadership. One of those who would be hard to kill off as we started to fight back.
“I am sad that he felt the need to step down and list his faith as one of the obstacles he saw in leading our party. I wish him well in the future and for the moment will be encouraging all members to think carefully about who can continue to lead the fight back our party still needs.”