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I'm at Cowley Street, at the election count for the next President of the Liberal Democrats.
The count has just been completed and the result is as follows:
Tim Farron: 14,593 votes
Susan Kramer: 12,950 votes
Tim Farron will take up office on 1st January 2011, succeeding Ros Scott.
A total of 65,861 ballot papers were issued and the turnout was 41.9%. 64 ballots were spoiled.
Total ballots returned 27,607.
The outgoing President, Ros Scott, has just emailed party members with this message:
I’m writing to let you know the exciting news that Tim Farron has been elected as the next President of our party. You can find the full result here.
We were incredibly fortunate in this election to have two outstanding candidates for President either of whom would have done a great job. And I’m sure I speak for the whole party when I say that I know Susan will continue to play a huge role in the future of our party.
Tim’s record of campaigning in the party is second to none. The enthusiasm, commitment and dynamism that he will bring to the job will be a huge asset to our party over the coming years. Being in coalition government has brought us huge challenges that we as a party are having to face for the first time in 65 years. And I am certain that Tim – working with Nick Clegg and his Ministerial team – will grab these challenges with both hands.
Being Party President has been both a huge amount of work and an enormous privilege over the last two years and I will certainly never forget the thrilling moments of the closing weeks of the General Election campaign and the days and nights that followed the result. So I’d like to thank everybody who has supported and worked with me over the last two years, especially my family. I could not have done what I have done without them.
I wish Tim all the very best of luck, I know the party will be safe in his hands.
Liberal Democrat Party President
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