I’ve asked Tim Farron and Norman Lamb a set of five questions, most of which I’ll be covering over the weekend as the final votes are cast in the leadership contest.
But for today, one question that hasn’t come up that much during the contest but which could be controversial either way for the new leader – and hence my reason for asking it.
What role would Chris Rennard have in the party under your leadership?
Tim Farron: I have no intention of appointing him to any role in the party.
Norman Lamb: Chris would have the same opportunities to contribute as any other party member – and he will be subject to the same rules as any other party member.
UPDATE: In November 2015 the Lib Dem peers elected Chris Rennard to be their representative on the party’s Federal Executive.