Tim Farron resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats on 14 June 2017 saying that he was “torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader”. Because the party does not currently have a deputy leader, he will remain as leader until an election is held to choose his successor.
A copy of his resignation speech can be found on the Liberal Democrat Voice website at:
Sir Vince Cable has put himself forward as a candidate to become the new leader of the Liberal Democrats. He is a former business secretary and has previously served as deputy leader and acting leader. Although he lost his seat in the 2015 General Election he managed to recapture his former Twickenham seat at the recently held 2017 General Election.
His candidacy was announced on the Liberal Democrat Voice website at
As there are only a total of 12 Liberal Democrat MPs, there is a limited number of potential candidates available