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New MP Mike Thornton arrives in Westminster
7:01am Tuesday 5th March 2013 in News
EASTLEIGH’S new MP Mike Thornton has been welcomed to Westminster by Nick Clegg as he arrived to take his Commons seat.
The Liberal Democrat was expected to be sworn in formally yesterday after holding on last week to the seat vacated by disgraced ex-Cabinet minister Chris Huhne.
“It’s fantastic to see you here after that superb victory in Eastleigh,” Mr Clegg told him on the steps of the Palace of Westminster.
“All of us were out there campaigning for you and so all of us are now looking forward to you helping us back at this place.”
Mr Thornton joked that he was seeking a satnav device to help him find his way around and that he was already being trained in the ways of party discipline by the whips.
“I’ve got the scars to show for it,” he joked