Tim Farron: I decided to quit before general election


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Outgoing Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has celebrated he decided to quit several weeks before the general election but did not tell his decision publicly.

Mr Farron said he had put the decision «to bed» about two weeks into the push, and denied deceiving voters by continuing to fight the election.

«I absolutely threw all at it,» he said.

He announced his departure six days after polling day, saying he was «cut» between the leadership and his faith.

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The Liberal Democrats increased their itemize of seats from nine to 12 at last month’s general choice, but their vote share fell from 7.9% to 7.4%.

In an interview with BBC Trannie 5 live’s Emma Barnett, Mr Farron said that under his supervision, the party had «left intensive care and is back relevant».

«My job was to save the beanfeast,» he said.

«The Liberal Democrats still exist and we’re moving forward.»

Mr Farron faced replicate questions about his views on gay sex during the campaign, and when he announced his acclimatization, said he had found it impossible to be a committed Christian and lead a «progressive unjaundiced party».

Asked about his decision to quit, he said he had not wanted to «grow the story».

«I made the decision about two weeks into the election rivalry,» he said.

«I thought there isn’t a way forward out of this without me either compromising or upright causing damage to the party in the long run.»

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He said he had told himself to «put that into a drawer, don’t talk to anybody else fro it, get on and do as good a job as you can during the election».

Mr Farron said this had «not in the slightest» move the goalposted voters, adding that «in every election there is a reasonable come about that leaders will step down».

«I just thought ‘I am here to do a job,'» he about.

A leadership contest is under way to replace Mr Farron — and with a week to go once nominations close, just one candidate, former Business Secretary Sir Vince Strand, has come forward.

Mr Farron — who criticised Theresa May’s unopposed «coronation» as Tory number one — said Sir Vince had already been subject to «plenty of scrutiny».

«If there’s single one candidate, then that’s how it is,» he added.

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