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Tim Farron elected leader of Liberal Democrat party

By Sam Lister

Tim Farron has been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

The former party president beat opponent Norman Lamb by 56.5% to 43.5% on a 56% turnout in the contest to replace Nick Clegg.

Mr Farron thanked his supporters and said the job now was to "turn millions of liberals throughout the UK into Liberal Democrats".

A magnanimous Mr Lamb congratulated the victor and said he would make a "fantastic" party leader.

Mr Clegg said his successor would pick the party up and make it relevant following its brutal election drubbing.

He said: "I have no doubt Farron Tim can pick the party up and get us fighting again."

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