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Liberal Democrats to elect deputy leader this month

Nominations were opened following a meeting of the parliamentary party on Monday.

The Liberal Democrats will hold an election for deputy leader this month, party leader Tim Farron has announced.

Mr Farron said he wanted to “revive the role” to give the party “another powerful voice”.

He said: “In the last parliament we didn’t have any women in our parliamentary party and we didn’t feel it was right to elect a deputy in those circumstances.”

He added: “Now a third of our parliamentary party is female and we have our most diverse group of MPs ever, I feel our MPs form a more representative group to elect a deputy leader.”

Nominations were opened following a meeting of the parliamentary party on Monday, with MPs needing to secure a proposer and seconder. If there is more than one candidate, the position will be decided through a secret ballot after a hustings on June 27 or a single appointment will be made on June 20.

The Liberal Democrats gained four seats in last week’s General Election to amass 12 MPs, but lost its former leader and ex-deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in perhaps the highest-profile casualty in a night of stunning results.

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