BREAKING: Tim Farron to replace Nick Clegg as Liberal Democrat leader

Tim Farron talks to Liberal Democrat supporters in The Ball pub in Crookes
Tim Farron talks to Liberal Democrat supporters in The Ball pub in Crookes
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The new leader of the Liberal Democrats has been revealed today as Tim Farron - who replaces Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Mr Clegg stood down as leader after eight years in the post following May’s general election result, when the Liberal Democrats were reduced to just eight MPs.

Today Tim Farron was confirmed as the new party leader with 56 per cent of the vote compared to 43.5 per cent who backed rival Norman Lamb.

Mr Clegg, who did not reveal who he had voted for, told The Star: “Congratulations to Tim because he is a close colleague and friend of mine who I’ve worked with for years.

“I’m absolutely confident that he has the skills to lead the fightback for the Liberal Democrats and it will be my privilege and honour to support them in doing that because like any Liberal Democrat I want to see us get back off the canvas and fight for the values that we all believe in.”

Mr Farron visited Sheffield and met supporters while on the leadership campaign.

Liberal Democrat party president Sal Brinton said: “Both Tim and Norman ran distinctively liberal, strong campaigns that spoke to party members across the UK. At numerous hustings and meetings with members, they spoke of their liberal values, the direction they think we should go, and how to best rebuild the party over the coming months and years.

“Tim is a fantastic communicator and his energy, enthusiasm and passion will inspire and drive the Liberal Democrats back to winning ways.”