Tim Farron stranded amid flooding in Cumbria

The Lancashire Evening Post reports:

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron was among those stranded as Storm Desmond brought havoc to Cumbria.

Mr Farron was driving through his Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency with four children in the car when he got stuck on a heavily flooded back road.

“We were getting our way round the various diversions and basically a river that isn’t normally there was there,” he told BBC News.

“Having been around the patch today talking to people who have been directly affected, I now find myself in the middle of it. But we’re all safe, that’s the main thing.”

Mr Farron said that friends with a four-wheel drive were on their way to rescue them – although he admitted that his own vehicle was probably a write-off.

“That car may have seen its last journey, a Volvo or not,” he said.

While the area was well used to severe weather, the Lib Dem leader said that he could not remember conditions as bad.

“It is incredible weather. We have not seen anything like this. This is Cumbria for pity’s sake – we are used to challenging weather. This is beyond anything I can even recall,” he said.

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  • More to the point, Cumbria County Council has been starved to the bone by the Coalition Government – and more recently by the Tories alone – over the last five years and is struggling manfully to cope based on the kindness and goodness of neighbours in places like Appleby where my 90 year old father-in-law is stranded without heat or light.

    Social services, the Fire and police organisations are all running on empty and lives are at risk.

    As a traditional Liberal who believes in the thing called society and local government, the last five and a half years have seen a disastrous austerity on local government which so called classical liberals ought to be thoroughly ashamed of.

  • @John Marriott
    “According to your fans it is alleged you can walk on water!”

    Perhaps he believes that himself, and that’s why he ignored police advice for people not to travel in the region yesterday. The emergency services were begging people to help them by staying away from the floods -Farron even retweeted some of these messages, but obviously thought they didn’t apply to him!

  • Jayne Mansfield 6th Dec '15 - 11:42am

    I was just listening to Tim Farron on Channel 4 when the weather conditions caused him to be cut off mid speech.

  • @Stuart

    We all know what would have happened in Tim Farron had stayed at home. There would have been headlines screaming “Farron puts his feet up at home as constituents suffer”.

  • Eddie Sammon 6th Dec '15 - 2:36pm

    I’m glad they are all safe.

  • Jane Ann Liston 7th Dec '15 - 10:02am

    I was going home on a train from Euston, which was terminated at Preston. 2 replacement buses later I reached Waverley Station where I got a train back to Fife, 6 hours late but intact. With the Federal Leader also inconvenienced, I was in good company.

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