Tim lives in Milnthorpe, south Cumbria, with his wife Rosie, his daughters Isabella and Gracie and his sons Jude and Laurie. In his limited spare time, Tim enjoys following the (mis)fortunes of Blackburn Rovers, playing football, fell running, walking in the Lake District, listening to various kinds of music and spending time with family and friends.
Tim became an MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale in 2005 ending a 95 year rule by the Tories, winning by 267 votes. In the 2010 general election Tim maintained his seat with a strong 60% majority and achieved an 11.1% swing from the Conservatives.
In March 2006 Tim became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the then party leader Ming Campbell. He was then promoted, in December 2007, to the Lib Dem Shadow Cabinet and served as the Shadow Minister for the Countryside and Rural Affairs.
Tim was elected as the national President of the Liberal Democrats in November 2010 winning 53% of the vote and took over the role in January 2011. He was re-elected unopposed in autumn 2012 and will continue for the full term until handing over the role at the beginning of January 2015.
Since becoming an MP in 2005 Tim has dealt with over 58,000 constituents cases in his office and held over 500 advice surgeries in South Lakeland.
Tim has also completed 8 successful summer tours around the county. In 2012 Tim visited 40 different villages and communities in South Lakeland on his tour - reaching the more rural communities where a surgery wouldn't normally occur.
Since 2005 Tim has asked 1,192 written questions in Parliament and spoken in 973 debates. He has also voted 1,170 times out of 1,936 since he has become an MP.
Tim has asked many questions relating to the Departments of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Health, Communities and Local Government, the Home Department and the Treasury. All which link in with many of the areas that Tim has campaigned for in his constituency from petitioning for a cancer unit and WestmorelandGeneralHospital to supporting farmers and their livelihood.