Tim Farron ‘regrets’ saying that gay sex is not a sin

Former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron
Former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron
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Former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said he regrets saying that gay sex is not a sin.

The former Lostock Hall High School pupil, who grew up in Penwortham and Hoghton, has previously caused controversy with his remarks on homosexuality.

The staunch Christian made the statement during the 2017 general election campaign when he was coming under extreme pressure to clarify his position on the issue, which he had initially attempted to dodge by saying “We are all sinners”.

He has now said that he was “foolish” to allow himself to be pressured into saying something which he did not believe was right, in the hope that it would allow him to redirect media attention onto his party’s policies.

Mr Farron (pictured) quit as Lib Dem leader after the election, saying he had found it impossible to reconcile the demands of the position with his faith.

In an interview with Premier Christian Radio, Mr Farron was asked whether he felt pressured into saying gay sex was not a sin.

He replied: “The bottom line is of course I did. And there are things - including that - that I said that I regret.”

Mr Farron said that as he tried to promote the Lib Dem message, the media appeared only to be interested in talking about his Christian faith.

“I, foolishly and wrongly, attempted to push it away by giving an answer that, frankly, was not right,” he said.

“There was a sense in which I felt ‘I have got to get this off my table’.”

Although he quit as Liberal Democrat leader, Mr Farron is still MP for Westmoreland and Lonsdale in Cumbria.