Tim Farron has been the named the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, beating the former Health Minister Norman Lamb with a vote share of 56.5% compared to Lamb’s to 43.5%.
After suffering a tough defeat at the 2015 General Election, and losing 56 seats, the next few years have been seen as crucial for the future of the Liberal Democrats. The election for the more left-wing Farron over Lamb can be seen as an indicator of the intended direction the party is willing to take.
This leadership contest has played out partly at Southampton University, with a recent debate between the two candidates having been held there. Wessex Scene has also conducted an interview between the two candidates, which can be seen here.