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Statement on Tim Farron's resignation

June 16, 2017 11:45 AM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats
Southampton Liberal Democrats would like to thank Tim Farron for everything he has done to further the aims and aspirations of liberalism during his time as Leader of our Party.

As he ends his tenure as Leader, Tim Farron leaves the Liberal Democrats in a much better position than when he took on the role - membership has more than doubled in the last two years, and we've increased our number of MPs by 50%.

Many of our members in Southampton voted for Tim in the leadership election in 2015, after welcoming both him and Norman Lamb to the leadership hustings hosted at the University of Southampton.

A majority of voters in the recent election rejected the Conservative vision of the United Kingdom - voting against the austerity agenda, against inequality and unfairness, and against Theresa May's 'Hard Brexit'. Southampton Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign for a more open and tolerant country, and a brighter future for all. Tim Farron will naturally continue to be a part of that national campaign.

There is an abundance of talent in our Parliamentary Party, and we look forward to engaging with our new Leader on the issues that matter to the people of Southampton.