Opinions about Tim Farron, who has just resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats, differ markedly, even amongst my Lib Dem colleagues.

I am shocked by his sudden decision. I did not see that coming.

You can argue that his performance was not all that we would have wished, but how many people would have been prepared to work so hard, with such energy and commitment in the context of a very hostile press and media that showed little interest in our policies, but every interest in his Christian faith?

I suspect that there were a few people in the party who “pushed” him to go.

Perhaps it didn’t need too much of a push, given the pressures that were on him to always sound relentlessly positive, no matter what.

I can’t pretend that I am anything other than rather depressed by the announcement. It’s yet another reminder of how tough politics is.

I have no idea who I will support to replace him, but I think all members owe him a vote of thanks for what he did do.

An increase in our MP’s from eight to twelve is a start and the party membership is higher than it has been for many years.

Thank you Tim Farron – You did well!

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