Lib Dems fall apart over homosexuality

Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrats’ home affairs spokesman, has resigned from his post, citing concerns about party leader Tim Farron’s views on various issues that were highlighted during the recent general election campaign.

Throughout the election campaign, Tim Farron, who is deeply religious, was dogged by questions over his attitude to homosexuality, though he has insisted he does not believe gay sex is a sin.

Mr Farron yesterday announced he is stepping down as party leader because of difficulties reconciling his Christianity with the demands of a political life.

Yesterday the party announced they would hold a deputy leadership election amid reports that MPs were mulling a leadership challenge.