On the Resignation of Tim Farron MP from the leadership of the Liberal Democrats

by Elias Blum

A lot of people are wondering how an evangelical Christian like Tim Farron could ever be a Liberal Democrat MP, let alone leader of the party.  I suspect that these people:

(i) are forgetting the extent to which the non-conformist evangelical social conscience was a driving moral force behind progressive politics from the Levellers, through the Abolitionists and the suffragettes, to the foundation of the Welfare State;

(ii) would be very surprised to see that most mainstream churches spend a lot more time worrying about poverty, homelessness, peace and disarmament, refugees, the environment, and other ‘left-of-centre’ causes than they do about homosexuality or abortion; and

(iii) haven’t cracked open a bible or listened to a sermon in a while.