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Eastleigh (House of Commons)
Mr Mike Thornton MP (Liberal Democrat)
Surgery: 109a Leigh Road
Surgery Tel: 023 8062 0007
MP Since - 2013 Majority - 1,771 Born - 1953. Married (Peta), 1 daughter.
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Business and Development Manager. Independent Mortgage Advisor with a contract with Simply Finance Group.
Personal Overview - This seat was held by the Liberal Democrats at the 2013 by-election caused by the resignation of Chris Huhne. A local man, he has been a Councillor since 2007 where he has opposed gravel extraction from the local countryside, as well as other local service cuts and has favoured a 'Mansion Tax' on homes worth more than £2m. His career background is that of a self employed Mortgage Advisor. He is also likely to have interests covering victims of domestic violence, runaway children and mental illness.
Political History - Former Bishopstoke Parish Councillor (until 2008). Councillor, Eastleigh Borough Council (2007-). Member for Eastleigh (2013-).
Characteristics - In his spare time he has Worked with the Bishopstoke carnival, been a St Mary's church volunteer and is a former local School Governor.
Business Tel: 0207 219 3000
Interests: Countryside Issues,Health & Safety,Rural,Domestic Violence
South East (European Parliament)
Mr Keith Taylor MEP (Green)
MEP Since - 2010 Born - 01/08/1953. Partner (Lizzie).
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Worked in sales (1972-1980). Self-employed/Co-Director of a local business (1980-1999). Regional Liaison Officer for Caroline Lucas MEP (2002-2007).
Personal Overview - Replaced the outgoing Caroline Lucas here in June 2010 after she was successful in her bid to become the Green party's first MP at Westminster. He is an experienced Councillor, having led the Green Group in Brighton for a number of years. He has also shown an interest in foreign affairs issues, as a Councillor was active in campaigning to secure the release of Brighton resident Omar Degayes from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He has also been involved in High Court action supporting families with Autistic children. Within the party, he has been a spokesperson on planning and regeneration as well as a Principal Speaker at the time when the party had not adopted a single leader. He has also been involved in policy development with the party election manifesto. Locally, he he is likely to have gained a good knowledge of his electoral region through his work for his predecessor.
Political History - Councillor, Brighton and Hove City Council (1999-2010). Green Group Leader (2001-08). Chair, Association of Green Councillors (2001-2002). Principal Speaker for the Green Party of England & Wales (2004-2006). Regeneration Spokesperson (2008-10). MEP South East Region (2010-). Member of the Afghanistan Delegation (2010-), Substitute member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (2010-) and the Iran Delegation (2010-). Member of the International Trade Committee (2010-) and the Transport and Tourism Committee (2010-). Substitute member of the Petitions Committee (2010-).
Other Information - Has been a Vice President of the UKs Local Government Association Group in the European Parliament. Former representative for Brighton and Hove on the UN Peace Messenger City project and a City representative to the Local Government Association.
Intergroups - Member of the LGBT Rights Group.
Business Tel: +32 (0)2 28 45153
Interests: Environment,Economic Regeneration,Womans Issues,Regional Policy,Conservation
- Petitions (Substitute)
- Transport & Tourism (Member)
- International Trade (Member)
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