- Tim Farron
name = Tim Farron
party = Liberal Democrat
constituency_MP = Westmorland and Lonsdale
5 May 2005
majority = 267 (0.5%)
predecessor = Tim Collins
Parliamentary Private Secretaryto the Leader of the Liberal Democrats
22 March 2006
20 December 2007
successor2 = Mark Hunter
birth_date = Birth date and age|1970|5|27|df=y
nationality = British
spouse = Rosie
children = 2 daughters, 2 sons
Early life and career
He was born in
Preston, Lancashireand was educated at Lostock HallSchool and Runshaw Collegein Leyland. He continued his studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and gained a Bachelor of Artsdegree in politicsin 1992. He was elected president of the students' unionin 1991, becoming its first Liberal Democrat president.
Prior to his election to Parliament he worked in higher education at both
Lancaster Universityand St. Martin's College, Ambleside.
He was also a Councilor for the
Milnthorpeward until the 2008 local elections.
He lives in
Milnthorpe, within the constituency he represents, with his wife Rosie and their two sons and two daughters, the youngest son being born since his election to parliament.
He contested the Durham North West constituency at the 1992 General Election. He finished in third place some 20,006 votes behind the sitting Labour MP
Hilary Armstrong. He served as a councillor on the Lancashire County Council (1993-2000) and was also a councillor on South Ribble Borough Council (1995-1999). He was selected to contest the Labour/Conservative marginal constituency of South Ribble at the 1997 General Election, and again finished in third place.
At the 2001 General Election he contested the Westmorland and Lonsdale seat and finished second, reducing the majority of the sitting Conservative MP Tim Collins to 3,167. Farron was elected as a councillor to the
South LakelandDistrict Council in 2004, and at the 2005 General Election he again fought Collins at Westmorland and Lonsdale. He won this election by just 267 votes. He made his maiden speechon 25 May 2005[ [http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmhansrd/cm050525/debtext/50525-19.htm#50525-19_spnew1 House of Commons Debates for 25th May 2005] - " Hansard"] .
He has been a member of the Education and Skills Select Committee since his election, and later in 2005 was appointed as Youth Affairs Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats. He is the Chair of the All Party group on Hill Farming.
He was during
Menzies Campbell's term as leader Campbell's Parliamentary Private Secretary. In 2007 he was given the responsibility as Liberal Democrat spokesman for Home Affairs. He is a member of the Beveridge Groupwithin the Liberal Democrats. [ [http://www.beveridgegroup.org.uk/about-us/about-us.html About us] - "The Beveridge Group" 2007-10-28] Farron resigned from the front benchof the Liberal Democrats on 5 March 2008in protest at the parties abstenation from a parliamentary vote on the EU referendum. [ [http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/search/2096143.MP_Tim_Farron_resigns_from_Lib_Dem_frontbench/ MP Tim Farron resigns from Lib Dem frontbench] - "The Westmorland Gazette" 2008-03-05]
* [http://www.timfarron.co.uk/ Tim Farron MP] official site
* [http://www.libdems.org.uk/people/tim-farron Tim Farron MP] profile at the site of Liberal Democrats
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-6938,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Tim Farron MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/tim_farron/westmorland_and_lonsdale TheyWorkForYou.com - Tim Farron MP]
* [http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?mpn=Tim_Farron&mpc=Westmorland_and_Lonsdale The Public Whip - Tim Farron MP] voting record
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