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Liberal Democrats 2015 – Leadership Contest

The election produced a Conservative Parliamentary majority meaning the end to the Liberal Democrat/Conservative coalition. Unlike their coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats suffered huge loses on election night and reduced their number of MPs from 56 to just 8. Among the big names to go were Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Vince Cable, Business Secretary.

Those remaining Liberal Democrat Member’s of Parliament are:

  • Tom Brake MP – Carshalton & Wallington
  • Tim Farron MP – Westmorland & Lonsdale
  • Nick Clegg MP – Sheffield Hallam
  • Greg Mulholland MP – Leeds North West
  • John Pugh MP – Southport
  • Norman Lamb MP – North Norfolk
  • Alistair Carmichael MP – Shetland & Orkney

The last Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg MP, resigned on 8th May 2015 after watching his party suffer a cruel and crushing defeat. He remains the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam constituency. Watch Nick Clegg’s resignation speech:

Leadership Candidate – Tim Farron MP

Tim Farron is currently the President of the Liberal Democrats and held the position for some time. As such he did not take up a ministerial post within the coalition government. In opposition, Mr. Farron held shadow portfolios for the environment, home affairs and education. He was elected with a majority of 8949 in the constituency of Westmorland and Lonsdale. Farron has stated that he does not regret going into coalition in 2010 as it was “in the national interest” to do so.

Watch Tim Farron reflect on the election and how the party needs to move forward.

Leadership Candidate – Norman Lamb MP

Norman Lamb is Member of Parliament for North Norfolk. He was elected with a majority of 4043 votes. Mr. Lamb previously held the position of Health Minister in the Coalition government as well as Parliamentary Under-Secretary at Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Assistant Whip.

Watch Norman Lamb talk about his candidacy and how he wants to develop an “authentic and strong Liberal voice” once again.