Op-Ed: Timothy James "Tim" Farron has announced he will join the race to become leader of the Liberal Democrats.
The Liberal Democrats realised after a major election defeat on May 7 2015 that party leader Nick Clegg had become unelectable. Clegg did the decent thing and resigned Friday leaving the party to begin the quest for a new leader.
Political parties in the UK deploy different methods to elect party leaders and in the case of the Lib Dems it is AV. As the Lib Dems have pushed for AV or the Alternative Vote system across British politics what else would they use?
In 2007 that system was used to elect Nick Clegg and it took two months for him to be in charge.
Who is Tim Farron?
If you follow British news or politics at all you may have seen Tim Farron bob up from time to time. He is often seen when a damage limitations exercise is needed.
Wikipedia describes Mr Farron as "a British Liberal Democrat politician. He is Member of Parliament for Westmorland and Lonsdale and was President of the Liberal Democrats from 2011 to 2014."
On May 24, 2015, Farron will celebrate his 45th Birthday. He is a 'Lancashire lad' educated at Newcastle University and joined the Liberal party in 1990 aged just 16. The Liberals became the Liberal Democrats and Farron has been with them all the way.
He is young, personable, retains a common-touch and would probably make a good party leader. But I am not a floating or Liberal Democrat voter.
The Lib Dems are another party that pick-up floating voters for many reasons which can swell their numbers and result in election success.
If Farron wins the leadership race will he appeal to that crowd of voters as well as the part faithful? Yes he just might.
You can check Tim out on his website www.tim2lead.com
Tim is the second Lib Dem to announce he is standing; the first was Norman Lamb.
On May 7 the Lib Dem share of the vote was obliterated and they only secured eight parliamentary seats.