MPs: Tim Farron MP; Steven Woolfe MEP;

Westmorland and Lonsdale (House of Commons)

Mr Tim Farron MP (Liberal Democrat)

Surgery: Advice Surgeries 2014
4:00 - 5:00 Kendal Castle St Centre
Friday 10 January 2014 4:00 - 6:00 Kendal ASDA
Saturday 18 January 2014 10:00 - 11:00 Methodist Church, Milnthorpe
Friday 24 January 2014 4:00 - 6:00

Surgery Tel: 01539 723403

MP Since - 2005 Majority - 12,264 Born - 27/05/1970. Married (Rosie), 1 son (Jude), 2 daughters (Isabella and Grace).
Education - Lostock Hall School, Preston, Runshaw Tertiary College, Leyland, Newcastle University.
Previous Occupation - Higher Education Manager - St Martin's College, Ambleside, Lancaster and Carlisle.

Personal Overview - Education centred local politician who achieved an excellent result in the 2005 General Election to oust former Tory front-bencher Tim Collins, the second time he had stood for the constituency. His prior electoral success was most prominent at Newcastle University where he became in 1991 the first Liberal Democrat President of Newcastle University Union. His role also saw him feature on the National Union of Students National Executive where he tended more to the left of the organisation's then leadership (President Stephen Twigg, Vice President Lorna Fitzsimmons). Became Menzies Campbell's PPS in 2006 on his becoming party leader, a role which came to an end following his leader's resignation in October 2007. Stood down from his post in March 2008 in order to defy his party and support holding a referendum on the European Reform Treaty. Returned to a senior posting on the Liberal Democrat Front Bench in October 2008, a sign perhaps that the Liberal Democrat leadership need all the party's talents at their disposal. He did not however manage to translate this into a coalition Government role in 2010. He announced in late May that he would be standing for the party's deputy leadership following the decision of Vince Cable to stand down and concentrate on his Ministerial role. He lost out in the race to Simon Hughes, but in the process put down a marker showing potential future ambition. He was however elected Party President in November 2010, defeating the former MP for Richmond upon Thames Susan Kramer.

Political History - President, Newcastle University Student Union (1991-92), Councillor, Lancashire County Council (1993-2000), South Ribble Borough Council (1995-99), Parliamentary Candidate, Westmorland & Lonsdale (2001), Member for Westmorland & Lonsdale (2005-). Member of the Education & Skills Select Committee (2005-06), member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee (2006-07). Member of the European Scrutiny Select Committee (2010-13). Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Party Leader Menzies Campbell (2006-07). Shadow Minister for the Home Office (2007), Shadow Minister for the Countryside (2007-08). Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2008-10). Liberal Democrat Party President (2010-).

Characteristics - Member, Lakes Line User Group, St Thomas' Church, Milnthorpe, Liberal Democrat Christian Forum, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Association of University Teachers. Leisure interests - playing and watching football (Blackburn Rovers FC), reading, walking, psephology (the study of elections), music. School Governor, Dallam School, Milnthorpe. Chairman, South Cumbria NHS Inquiry.

Business Tel: 0207 219 8498


Interests: Education & Training,Health

Commitee membership
  • Ageing and Older People Group (Member)
  • Agro-Ecology Group (Member)
  • Beef and Lamb Group (Member)
  • Carers Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Christians in Parliament Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Continence Care Group (Member)
  • Strengthening Couple Relationships Group (Member)
  • Dementia Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Justice for Equitable Life Policy Holders Group (Member)
  • Faith and Society Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Food and Drink Manufacturing Group (Member)
  • Gypsies Travellers Roma Group (Member)
  • Hill Farming Group (Chairman)
  • Home Education Group (Secretary)
  • International Corporate Responsibility: Business, Human Rights and the Environment Group (Member)
  • Middle Way Group (Member)
  • Motor Neurone Disease Group (Member)
  • Mountain Rescue Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Mountaineering Group (Member)
  • Recognition of Munitions Workers Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Muscular Dystrophy Group (Member)
  • National Parks Group (Member)
  • Ovarian Cancer Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Save the Pub Group (Member)
  • Rural Services Group (Member)
  • Shooting and Conservation Group (Member)
  • Social Care Group (Member)
  • Street Children Group (Member)
  • Depleted Uranium Group (Member)
  • West Coast Main Line Group (Member)


North West (European Parliament)

Mr Steven Woolfe MEP (UKIP)

MEP Since - 2014. Born - 19. Married, 1 daughter.
Education - St Bernards Roman Catholic school. St Bede's Roman Catholic Independent College. Aberystwyth University (Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.). Inns of Court School of Law.
Previous Occupation - Barrister, Chambers in Inner Temple (1992-1996). Legal And Compliance Analyst at UBS (1996-1997). Counsel at Taylor Wessing (November 1997-November 1999). Counsel, DLA Piper (October 1999-September 2000). Deputy Head of Compliance, Standard Bank (September 2003-August 2004). Senior Compliance Consultant & Partner, Aurelius Compliance Consultants (September 2000-February 2007). General Counsel, Boyer Allan Investment Management LLP (February 2006-March 2012). General Counsel Consultant, MercuryJove Advisers (May 2012-2014). Legal and Regulatory Consultant to financial institutions.

Personal Overview - He was born in Moss Side, Manchester and grew up in the suburban area of Burnage. From a legal background, having won a scholarship to St Bede's Roman Catholic Independent College he then studied law at university. He was a Barrister and worked as a Lawyer in the City of London before becoming a general counsel for hedge fund managers and acting as a legal and regulatory consultant to financial institutions. With his career experience in Legal and Financial matters it is not surprising that he has been the party spokesman on Financial Services, where he has debated the impact of EU financial regulations on the UK on a number of political TV and Radio programmes.

Political History - UKIP Financial Services Spokesman (2010-13). MEP North West Region (2014-). Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (2014-).

Other Information - He was University Law Debating Champion (1990) and reached the Quarter Finals of the World Debating Championship (Glasgow) (1990).

Intergroups - N/a.

Business Tel: +32(0)2 28 45115


My blog

Interests: Business & Finance,Law & Order

Commitee membership
  • Economic & Monetary Affairs (Member)


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