General Election 2017: Lib Dems "prepared" for snap election

Elizabeth Williams
April 19, 2017

Not just Liberal Democrats but small "l" liberals in all political parties should welcome the opportunity the June General Election will provide for voters to make clear their priorities by voting for candidates committed to the fight for us to maintain a continued close relationship with Europe.

Newman asked Farron last night: "A while back I asked you if you thought that homosexuality was a sin and you struggled to answer".

"As a liberal I believe in human rights, in equality for every single person ... and LGBT rights are absolutely central to those human rights I am massively passionate about".

During the interview, he told Newman he was "not in the position to make theological announcements over the next six weeks".

Hasn't he been supportive of gay rights though?

"Just because I'm Christian, it would be a bit boring for everybody to spend the next weeks asking me to make theological announcements that I'm not going to make".

She went on to remind Farron about his previous comments on LGBT people where he said "we're all sinners" before committing himself to the values of liberalism including equality.

He ruled out a coalition with Labour, claiming the two party's views are too different.

During the live interview Farron failed to answer three times if he regarded homosexuality as a sin, prompting some viewers to slam him for his "intolerance and prejudice".

"If you want to avoid a disastrous hard Brexit".

Turning to Ms May's plans for a "hard Brexit", Mr Farron said it is ridiculous to suggest it is impossible to remain in the single market after leaving the European Union, and suggested the Tories have "stolen UKIP's clothes" with a strategy that makes even Nigel Farage look soft in comparison.

His remarks sparked outrage among politicians, commentators and other high-profile figures.

The party is actively encouraging people to sign up at the top of its website's homepage, with the message: "I'm voting to change the direction of our country on Thursday 8th June". "Please try and join the rest of us in the year 2017".

Fellow comedian David Baddiel added: "Problem with people saying it's Tim Farron who's talking the most sense is: He's a fundamentalist Christian homophobe".

Farron, who became the Lib Dem leader in 2015, is now under the microscope as his pro-EU party hopes to make gains in the UK's snap election, announced by PM Theresa May.

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