Tim Farron, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, served in the position from 2015 and 2017. Prior to that, he served as the party’s president from 2011 until 2015. The last role he held under the Liberal Democrats was as the spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Westmorland and Lonsdale in 2005 and has been re-elected every year since. Farron studied politics at Newcastle University, where he graduated in 1992. While at university he was elected president of the Newcastle University Union Society and was the first Liberal Democrat to hold the position. He joined the party at the age of 16. He worked at Lancaster University and St. Martin’s College from 2002 until 2005.
He has been a strong supporter of the campaign to remain in the European Union and often spoken in its favour. The Liberal Democrats desperately needed a cause – and in Brexit, they found one calling for a second referendum.