By Adenike Lucas
Brian Paddick, a former Metropolitan Police’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner, has resigned as the Liberal Democrat Home Office Spokesman over concerns about Tim Farron’s “view on various issues.”
In a tweet, the gay Lib Dem peer said he was leaving Mr Farron’s top team due to issues “that were highlighted during the GE17.”
Despite increasing his party’s seat from eight to twelve, there were talks of a coup plot against Mr Farron.
During the election, the Lib Dem leader was dogged by questions over his views on gay sex and abortion.
A few minutes ago, Mr Farron announced that he was stepping down as leader.
In his resignation speech, Mr Farron who has been leader for two years said, his faith had made him a subject of suspicion.
“I have found myself torn living as a christian and leading a political party in the current environment,” he said.
“A better, wiser person may have been able to deal with this more successfully, to remain faithful to Christ while leading a political party in the current environment.
“To be a political leader – especially of a progressive, liberal party in 2017 – and to live as a committed Christian, to hold faithfully to the Bible’s teaching, has felt impossible for me.”
The party will now choose a new leader over the summer.