Nine things we learned from Tim Farron's 2017 webchat

Tim Farron

With a week to go until the General Election, Tim Farron joined us to answer Mumsnet users' questions – here's what we found out

1. He'd be tougher on Trump

On the USA pulling out of the Paris agreement, he said:

“I think Theresa May has shown immense weakness today. The world needs to know that America's self-proclaimed best ally has got the guts to stand up to a president who is threatening the very future of all of us. Climate change is the biggest single threat we face and we need real leadership.”

2. There'll be no LibDem coalition come what, er, May

They're not going there again:

“I have been crystal clear on this – The Liberal Democrats have ruled out doing any coalition deals with Theresa May's Conservatives or Jeremy Corbyn's Labour after the election.”

3. He's pro-choice

Asked for his views on abortion, he didn't waffle:

“Just to be very clear – I am pro-choice and support abortion that is safe and legal, and I defend the existing law.”

4. His political hero is a woman you've never heard of

He cites Neva Orrell, a councillor from Leyland in Lancashire, as an inspiration.

“She was elected by just 13 votes in 1960, lost her seat in 1966, got it back in 1967, lost it in 1970, got it back in 1973, lost it again in 1977, got it back in 1981 and held it until she passed away at the age in 89 in 2002 after a planning committee meeting. She loved her community, her community loved her and she never gave up!”

5. He'd let voters decide on a Brexit deal

He says the UK “voted for the departure, but not for the destination.”

“Theresa May seems certain that the deal she negotiates will be a good one so why is she so scared of putting it to the people? This is about democracy – I want the people to have the final say on the deal rather than allow politicians to stitch it up in Westminster and Brussels.”

6. He's undecided on assisted suicide

He thinks it's a matter of conscience:

“I've got a serious compassion for people who find themselves in that situation so I don't want to criminalise people who act out of compassion. I think evidence tends to suggest that legislating towards it makes the situation worse but it's a very difficult issue. And I don't think there is an easy answer – we always treat this as a free vote issue.”

7. He got quite stroppy with Andrew Neil

Tim decided it was time to step up:

“He's a good interviewer, but basically starts asking you the second, third and fourth question when you are two syllables into the first answer and I thought I'd give him a taste of his own medicine!”

8. He's quite good at the internet

Asked why he refused to answer whether he thought gay sex was a sin, he replied with a URL:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39703444

(links to a BBC page called “Tim Farron: I don't think gay sex is a sin”)

9. He's quite insouciant, really.

To the poster who said, “Tim is MOTORING. At least three Weetabix this morning I'd wager”, Tim replied:

“I had marmite on toast, actually.”