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About Tim Farron

Tim on the Summer Tour 2017Tim Farron has been the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale since 2005.

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 continued for the full term until handing over the role at the beginning of January 2015.

In July 2015 Tim was elected leader of the Lib Dems. He stood down in June 2017 following the General Election.

Since becoming an MP in 2005 Tim has dealt with over 100,000 constituents cases in his office and held over 600 advice surgeries in South Lakeland.

Since 2005 Tim has asked 1,446 written questions in Parliament and spoken in 1482 debates. He has also voted 1,715 times out of 3,037 since he has become an MP. [All figures correct as of 21 November 2017 and sourced from www.theyworkforyou.com and www.publicwhip.org.uk]

Tim has asked many questions relating to the Departments of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Health, Communities and Local Government, the Home Office and the Treasury - many of which link in with the areas that Tim has fought for in his constituency, from campaigning for a cancer unit at Westmorland General Hospital to supporting farmers and their livelihood.