New leader, new members, new future

It is now recognised that the Liberal Democrats are currently one of the fastest growing forces in British politics.

Membership has increased by 30% since the General Election. There are more than 15,000 new recruits, many of them under 30.

Now there is a new leader too - Tim Farron. Here is a thunbnail sketch.

  • Newcastle University graduate joined the Liberal Party aged 16
  • He stood for Parliament four times before finally being elected in 2005
  • He has increased his majority from under 300 to more nearly 9,000 in the past 10 years
  • He was party president between 2011 and 2014

Following his election as leader Tim said: "This is a liberal country. Our job now is to turn millions of liberals throughout the UK into Liberal Democrats." 

Photo: Keith Edkins

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