About Tom


Tom_old_picture.jpgFrom the age of 8, I lived with my family in France and attended the Lycee International School in the Western suburbs of Paris.

Ten years later, I returned to the UK to continue my education at Imperial College London where I gained a BSc (Hons) Degree in Physics.

As a student, I was actively involved in human rights issues and the environment, and it was these two issues in particular that fueled my interest in politics.

Elections  

I was elected as a Councillor in Hackney, before moving to Carshalton where I was elected as a Councillor soon afterwards in 1994, consolidating Lib Dem control of Sutton Council.

I stood as the Parliamentary Candidate for Carshalton and Wallington successfully in 1997, having overturned a Tory majority of 10,000.

In the most recent General Election, I won with a majority of 1,369.

Achievements 

I am a committed and dedicated campaigner having secured victories for the community -- helping Save St Helier Hospital's A&E and maternity unit from closure, saving the Thameslink from ending at Blackfriars and securing the partial re-introduction of the night bus. 

I have won several awards for my campaigning, website, and for my highly respected 'e-group'.

In June 2011 I was made a Privy Counsellor and I served as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and Assistant Government Whip in the Coalition Government.

From May 2015 to June 2017 I served as Liberal Democrat Chief Whip and Foreign Affairs Spokesman.

In June 2017 I was appointed Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Exiting the European Union and International Trade and Shadow First Secretary of State.

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£400 million for St Helier

£400 million for St Helier

Join me in demanding the money St Helier Hospital needs so it can be fit for purpose with new, modern facilities.

Save Our Pharmacies

Save Our Pharmacies

Local pharmacies offer a huge range of services that take pressure off GPs and hospitals

Stop School Cuts

Stop School Cuts

Our children's education is at risk from school funding cuts