Tim Farron is hoping the public chooses him as Prime Minister over a Conservative female leader.However, when he was younger, he admired the first female Prime Minister so much he had a picture of her on his wall.Although his political views today are far removed from Thatcherism, Mr Farron admitted he had a poster of Margaret Thatcher.In an interview with ITV, he said: “I had a Carl Sagan photograph above my bed, who was of course the great, I guess the human voice of Nasa. I had pictures of strange sort of leftwing politicians.”I remember I had a Mrs Thatcher picture. I had a John F Kennedy picture. I had a [Liberal leader] Jo Grimond picture.”The Liberal Democrat leader hinted his admiration for the Conservative leader could have been the result of a teenage crush.He said: “There was a young woman, let’s be careful what I say, who when I was about 15/16 who had a soft top Morris Minor, and she was a young Tory.”And so I was somewhat taken aback by her, but frankly not by her politics.” “Far more effective than a personal testimonial would be for the Lib Dems to put in their manifesto new concrete policies to support the LGBT community.”Such as mandatory LGBT inclusive HIV and sex and relationship education in schools and the requirement of every school to have an anti-bullying programme that specifically addresses anti -LGBT abuse.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In case you missed it, here’s Tim Farron falling over on his campaign bus live on Sky News 😅 pic.twitter.com/AvnVvyNEZh— Philip Howell (@reasonablyright) May 8, 2017 Peter Tatchell, the veteran gay rights campaigner, told the Telegraph: “Its fine for Tim Farron to get his friend to vouch for him. But it does seem a bit desperate. Tim Farron also revealed in the programme that his friend came out to him as gay.This comes after some have accused him not having liberal values when it comes to gay people, because he repeatedly refused to answer whether gay sex was a sin.He finally did, after massive backlash from former Liberal Democrat supporters and gay rights campaigners. After his friend spoke of coming out to the Liberal Democrat leader, Mr Farron told the programme he felt “genuinely moved that he trusted me”.