My Endorsement for the 2015 Lib Dem Leadership Election

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arguably the most influential opinion of this campaign…

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I officially endorse…

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TIM FARRON!

And here’s why;

Well, as every Lib Dem supporter knows, we’re at a very crucial part in our party’s history. After the decimation of May’s General Election results, Britain’s largest Liberal party needs a new direction; enter Messrs Farron and Lamb.

While there are just two candidates to select from, we can take solace in the fact that both have put forward strong cases of reforming the party message closer to our Liberal roots, that got a bit lost in the economic centrism we’ve been waffling on about for months. Like I say, we have two strong candidates  – so what is there to separate them?

While I appreciate and admire Norman Lamb’s political career, in particular his pioneering work towards equating treatment of mental health with physical health, I don’t believe he is the strongest candidate for our party. It is promising that both are removed from the privileged unrelatable Oxbridge bubble but I believe Tim Farron’s rebellion against the rise in tuition fees and his affinity with the often neglected areas of the UK (anywhere but the South East) can help galvanise a nation increasingly put off by the same old politics played out by the same old people.

Farron has shown himself to be a competent party president and an excellent debate performer. His orating skills are strong, magnetic and importantly persuasive. His charisma and passion shines through in his speeches. The clincher for me being that I sat through twenty four minutes of Farron’s speech at last Autumn’s conference and it felt shorter than the six minutes I watched from Norman Lamb.

While there are concerns over Farron’s alleged opposition to same-sex marriage and LGBT+ rights in general, I can confidently say they are unequivocally untrue. Having spoken to Tim myself via social media, I am very comfortable trusting him to serve my community as our leader – I would never ever endorse someone who didn’t have the interests of LGBT+ people at the heart of the party’s identity.

Tim Farron is, for me, the best choice we have of rejuvenating the Liberal Democrats. Of course, in terms of substance both candidates are about on par but we need to be loud, we need to be alluring and we need to be passionate and mobilised – and with the greatest of respects to Norman Lamb, a Liberal Democrat I respect very much – Tim Farron is the man to lead our rise from the ashes.

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