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The worst aspect of Tim Farron’s leadership was the way he left it

Faced with a potential putsch, Farron leaves behind a party which faces a long fight

By Miranda Green   July 2017

Tim Farron on the Liberal Democrat battle bus. Photo: PA

Nothing in his leadership of the Liberal Democrats became Tim Farron so ill as his leaving of it. Hustled into going by what looked to be the start of a putsch, he issued a lengthy farewell statement just as the full horror of the Grenfell Tower fire was sinking into the national consciousness.

The timing was not his choice, his team insists. The unexpectedly respectable Liberal Democrat showing on election night—50 per cent more MPs looks OK on…

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