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Tim Farron elected leader of Liberal Democrat party

By Sam Lister

Published 17/07/2015

Elected: Tim Farron
Elected: Tim Farron

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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