It’s Tim

Westmorland & Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has been elected the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

The Liberal Democrat leadership contest saw 56% of members vote with the result revealed this afternoon.

Tim Farron received 56.5% of the votes and in second place Norman Lamb received the backing of 43.5%.

Norman Lamb: 43.5% (14,760 votes)
Tim Farron: 56.5% (19,137 votes)

Following the declaration, Tim Farron tweeted:

THANK YOU! This is a liberal country. Our job now is to turn millions of liberals throughout the UK into Liberal Democrats #LibDemFightback
— Tim Farron (@timfarron) July 16, 2015

Norman Lamb responded:

Congratulations to @timfarron – will make fantastic @LibDems leader championing social justice and leading the #LibDemFightback
— Norman Lamb (@normanlamb) July 16, 2015

And former party leader Nick Clegg wrote:

Congratulations to new @libdems leader @timfarron. It’s a tough job but the best in politics. I know Tim will do us proud #libdemfightback
— Nick Clegg (@nick_clegg) July 16, 2015

The new leader will be holding his first rally this evening at 7pm, where he will address hundreds of party activists for the first time as their leader. You can watch the action live from 7pm on the main Lib Dem party website, details will be available soon.