Tim Farron is the new leader of the Liberal Democrats. He was brought up in a terraced house in Preston by his single mum who struggled to put food on the table. Perhaps he should have been Labour, but he saw them as part of the system.
His political awakening was seeing the film ‘Cathy Come Home’. A docudrama about a young family descending into homelessness. From that moment he wanted to change peoples lives and make a difference. “You get involved in politics to get stuff done”.
Only now following the Queens speech and the budget is it becoming clearer what a difference the Liberal Democrats made in government. Now the Conservatives want to scrap the Human rights Act, flog housing association homes, and hit the most vulnerable the hardest.
Despite our crushing defeat in May, over 17,000 people have joined the Liberal Democrats since the election, with over 40 joining us locally. It is game on for the Liberal Democrats to start winning again and it is a Preston lad who will lead the Lib Dem fightback.
Chair of Preston and Wyre Lib Dems Mark Jewell said,
"We are going to play a full part in the fightback here in Preston, promoting what we stand for and holding the Tories and Labour to account."