TIM FARRON has been elected to succeed Nick Clegg as leader of the Liberal Democrats.
The former party president expectantly defeated Norman Lamb after a vote by around 60,000 party members.
Mr Farron now faces a major rescue job on his hands in the wake of a disastrous election which saw the party lose all but eight of its 57 Commons seats after five years in coalition government with the Conservatives.
The 45-year-old replaces Mr Clegg who stepped down following the election despite the former deputy prime minister keeping his Sheffield Hallam seat.
Mr Farron is MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, a seat which he has held since 2005.