The party's new head must win the battle for relevance by embracing distinctive causes.
The Liberal Democrat leadership frontrunner on future coalitions, the Labour leadership contest and how his party can recover.
Leadership frontrunner says the Tories and Labour would have to promise the automatic introduction of proportional representation.
The road to recovery will be a long one. It is Mr Farron who offers the Lib Dems their best hope.
The favourite to succeed Nick Clegg has been formally nominated as a candidate by over 400 party members.
We must no longer split the difference, or indeed ride of the coat tails of Labour or the Tories. It is a cliché that we must develop radical liberal identity, but it is true now more than ever. Other parties can’t do this, we must.
The race begins.
The Deputy PM describes his probable successor as "an incredibly gifted politician".
As the activists' darling launches his re-election campaign in the Lake District, he struggles to deflect questions about his next move.
The favourite to be the party's next leader says they "won’t have a choice" if Miliband finishes ahead in a hung parliament.