Re­li­gion ‘di­verted’ Far­ron

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - POLITICS -

TIM FAR­RON’S re­li­gious be­liefs led to him be­com­ing “di­verted” dur­ing a dis­as­trous Gen­eral Elec­tion cam­paign, for­mer Scot­tish Sec­re­tary Alis­tair Carmichael has ad­mit­ted.

The Lib­eral Demo­crat MP said his for­mer UK leader had fought a “very dig­ni­fied and brave cam­paign”.

He crit­i­cised Mr Far­ron’s over­all per­for­mance, how­ever, say­ing his ex-boss “al­lowed him­self to be­come di­verted” as con­tro­ver­sies raged about his be­liefs.

Mr Carmichael added: “Mat­ters of the­ol­ogy as­sumed an im­por­tance I can’t re­mem­ber in 34 years of po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism. I’ve never seen any­thing like it.”

But the Orkney & Shet­land MP in­sisted his party had the right Brexit elec­tion mes­sage.

Mr Far­ron pushed for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on EU mem­ber­ship but saw his vote share fall, de­spite pick­ing up an ex­tra four seats.

Mr Carmichael main­tained the Lib Dems are in the “sweet spot of Bri­tish pol­i­tics”.

He added: “We need to main­tain a con­sis­tent, lib­eral po­si­tion so that when the pub­lic mood changes (on Brexit) we stand to be the ben­e­fi­cia­ries.”

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