Mike Thornton Liberal Democrats

Daily Echo: Mike Thornton with party leader Nick Clegg at the Ageas Bowl Mike Thornton with party leader Nick Clegg at the Ageas Bowl

 THEY say that behind every successful man there’s a good woman.

And Liberal Democrat candidate Mike Thornton certainly has his wife to thank as he prepares for next week’s by-election.

Mr Thornton, who was born in Surrey, revealed how it was the words of his wife Peta that pushed him into the world of politics.

The youngest of three children, Mr Thornton appears to have finally settled down after a life that has taken him to America, Scotland and into countless jobs, from hotel management to catering at a safari park.

But having moved to Bishopstoke with Peta and their 19-year-old daughter Philippa in 1994, Mr Thornton became more and more interested in the world of politics.

“I’ve always been interested in it,” he said, “but I have my wife to blame for this!

“In the late 90s she said ‘you always go on about politics and you always preach to me telling me they shouldn’t be doing this and that. But what are you doing about it?’

“Before I knew it I was signed up as a Lib Dem activist in my ward. I worked hard doing the things that we do, focus groups, canvassing, and I found it more and more interesting.

“I was enjoying coming home from work and actually doing political things rather than watching TV.”

In 2007, he was asked to run as a Lib Dem councillor in his ward, eventually wrestling the seat from Labour.

Now he stands on the brink of becoming MP in the constituency he loves.

His parents Rosamond, 90, and Peter, 95, live just up the road in Alresford.

The couple met during the Second World War, with his mum, from Tennessee, on the frontline delivering coffee and doughnuts to soldiers.

Peter, who served in the British army before becoming a civil servant, met Rosamond on a day’s leave in Italy.

They married in 1946 in Tennessee, before moving to England.

The couple had two children, Andrew and Maggie, before giving birth to Mike.

He grew up in Farnham, attending school there, before going on to study law at Manchester Polytechnic – a course he would later drop out of.

Instead, he went to America to visit his mum’s family – and ended up staying for four-and-a-half years, living in Tennessee and then Seattle.

Mr Thornton said: “I had a wonderful time there, but then I found out my brother was having a family, my sister was having a family and I wanted to come home and see them.”

It sums up his character as a real family man.

He met Peta in 1983, before they tied the knot six years later.

They lived in Winchester at the time, but moved to a bigger home in Bishopstoke in 1994 after having Philippa, and have lived there ever since.

Mr Thornton waxes lyrical about his parents and his “super supportive” wife and daughter.

Peta, who works at Stoke Park Junior School, spent last week’s half term break delivering leaflets on her husband’s behalf.

Mr Thornton receives constant text messages of support from Philippa, who is studying medicine at Imperial College London.

Just weeks before his campaign started, Mr Thornton started a new job at a firm that helps companies invest using Government tax incentives – but he promised to keep their name under wraps because they didn’t want the publicity.

He added: “I’m enjoying the campaign very much – much more that I thought I would.

“To have the chance to sit in the back of an armoured BMW, with two cops with guns talking to the Deputy Prime Minister, what an experience to have. It’s fantastic.

“But I am one of a team and it’s one of a team that I will win as.”

Mike Thornton factfile:

  • Date of birth 01/05/52
  • Place of birth Farnham, Surrey
  • Favourite TV show West Wing
  • Favourite band Led Zeppelin
  • Favourite sport - Any racquet sport, but mainly squash
  • Favourite football team Saints
  • Hobbies/interests Going on walks with his family

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10:55am Sun 24 Feb 13

Bigboy0412 says...

What i would like to know is how all these political parties get peoples home telephone numbers even if they are ex directory and constantly ring trying to tell you to vote for them. As well as numerous leaflets and house calls in the last couple of weeks its getting out of hand now. Anybody else feel the same as me??
What i would like to know is how all these political parties get peoples home telephone numbers even if they are ex directory and constantly ring trying to tell you to vote for them. As well as numerous leaflets and house calls in the last couple of weeks its getting out of hand now. Anybody else feel the same as me?? Bigboy0412
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12:18pm Sun 24 Feb 13

colorado kid says...

Thornton is so boringggggg
Thornton is so boringggggg colorado kid
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4:31pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Sandy! says...

What probably annoys me the most about these politicians is their bare faced cheek, and the nerve they have, to stand there in front of us, saying things they know perfectly well, that they will forget as soon as we have voted for them!

I am sick of Labour, sick of the Libs, sick of the Tories, sick of the lot of them.

I used to vote for the least annoying which used to be the Libs, but that has back fired and now they have some power, have forgotten their own voters and are cosying up to Labour, who got us into this mess!

Not sure if i will vote at all this time, I will see how i feel on the day. Maybe UKIP because they haven't lied to us yet, and seem to disslike the other parties about as much I do. That might stir them up a bit!

Thinking on it some more, are any of them really worth my vote?...Probably not, because they have burst my bubble far too many times over the years, and politicians just seem to be getting worse, not better.
What probably annoys me the most about these politicians is their bare faced cheek, and the nerve they have, to stand there in front of us, saying things they know perfectly well, that they will forget as soon as we have voted for them! I am sick of Labour, sick of the Libs, sick of the Tories, sick of the lot of them. I used to vote for the least annoying which used to be the Libs, but that has back fired and now they have some power, have forgotten their own voters and are cosying up to Labour, who got us into this mess! Not sure if i will vote at all this time, I will see how i feel on the day. Maybe UKIP because they haven't lied to us yet, and seem to disslike the other parties about as much I do. That might stir them up a bit! Thinking on it some more, are any of them really worth my vote?...Probably not, because they have burst my bubble far too many times over the years, and politicians just seem to be getting worse, not better. Sandy!
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3:21pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Poppy22 says...

Bigboy0412 wrote:
What i would like to know is how all these political parties get peoples home telephone numbers even if they are ex directory and constantly ring trying to tell you to vote for them. As well as numerous leaflets and house calls in the last couple of weeks its getting out of hand now. Anybody else feel the same as me??
Yes. Whatever happened to Data Protection and the right to privacy in your own home?
[quote][p][bold]Bigboy0412[/bold] wrote: What i would like to know is how all these political parties get peoples home telephone numbers even if they are ex directory and constantly ring trying to tell you to vote for them. As well as numerous leaflets and house calls in the last couple of weeks its getting out of hand now. Anybody else feel the same as me??[/p][/quote]Yes. Whatever happened to Data Protection and the right to privacy in your own home? Poppy22
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3:25pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Poppy22 says...

Sandy! wrote:
What probably annoys me the most about these politicians is their bare faced cheek, and the nerve they have, to stand there in front of us, saying things they know perfectly well, that they will forget as soon as we have voted for them! I am sick of Labour, sick of the Libs, sick of the Tories, sick of the lot of them. I used to vote for the least annoying which used to be the Libs, but that has back fired and now they have some power, have forgotten their own voters and are cosying up to Labour, who got us into this mess! Not sure if i will vote at all this time, I will see how i feel on the day. Maybe UKIP because they haven't lied to us yet, and seem to disslike the other parties about as much I do. That might stir them up a bit! Thinking on it some more, are any of them really worth my vote?...Probably not, because they have burst my bubble far too many times over the years, and politicians just seem to be getting worse, not better.
I agree entirely. You could always spoil your paper, though, as suggested by the Wessex candidate if you can't decide who to vote for - better to turn up and let the candidates and government know that none of the candidates are worth your vote (by crossing through the list of candidates and writing your views there!) than let them think you're just too lazy to vote.
Or at least vote for a local independent person - the more that different areas do this, the more the message will get across to the "main" parties that we want them to listen to us..and stop making the wrong decisions thiking it's the best thing for us (which means them!)..
[quote][p][bold]Sandy![/bold] wrote: What probably annoys me the most about these politicians is their bare faced cheek, and the nerve they have, to stand there in front of us, saying things they know perfectly well, that they will forget as soon as we have voted for them! I am sick of Labour, sick of the Libs, sick of the Tories, sick of the lot of them. I used to vote for the least annoying which used to be the Libs, but that has back fired and now they have some power, have forgotten their own voters and are cosying up to Labour, who got us into this mess! Not sure if i will vote at all this time, I will see how i feel on the day. Maybe UKIP because they haven't lied to us yet, and seem to disslike the other parties about as much I do. That might stir them up a bit! Thinking on it some more, are any of them really worth my vote?...Probably not, because they have burst my bubble far too many times over the years, and politicians just seem to be getting worse, not better.[/p][/quote]I agree entirely. You could always spoil your paper, though, as suggested by the Wessex candidate if you can't decide who to vote for - better to turn up and let the candidates and government know that none of the candidates are worth your vote (by crossing through the list of candidates and writing your views there!) than let them think you're just too lazy to vote. Or at least vote for a local independent person - the more that different areas do this, the more the message will get across to the "main" parties that we want them to listen to us..and stop making the wrong decisions thiking it's the best thing for us (which means them!).. Poppy22
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3:36pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Poppy22 says...

Won't even consider voting Lib Dem now.
At best they're deliberately misleading voters by saying they're protecting our countryside (which means a car boot sale site and a former airfield in their terms). Just 2 MONTHS into THEIR 16-YEAR Local Plan,they're agreeing to put in hundreds of houses and expand the adjacent hotel on Boorley Green green fields (having not long decided we need yet another, unnecessary, hotel at the Aegis Bowl, next to the Holiday Inn Express!) They're also quickly pushing through the development adjacent to Manor Farm Country Park between Bursledon and Hedge End (whilst they say they're protecting the green spaces between our villages and towns!).
Yet we see no planning applications for building on the "50%" (yet to see that proved!) brownfield sites, which should be developed BEFORE our countryside (none of which should be built on until there is no brownfield land left!).
At the worst, they are telling lies about protecting the countryside, in order to mislead voters and gain our votes at this election (now,, why was this election called .....wasn't it something about an MP lying to us??!!)..
Won't even consider voting Lib Dem now. At best they're deliberately misleading voters by saying they're protecting our countryside (which means a car boot sale site and a former airfield in their terms). Just 2 MONTHS into THEIR 16-YEAR Local Plan,they're agreeing to put in hundreds of houses and expand the adjacent hotel on Boorley Green green fields (having not long decided we need yet another, unnecessary, hotel at the Aegis Bowl, next to the Holiday Inn Express!) They're also quickly pushing through the development adjacent to Manor Farm Country Park between Bursledon and Hedge End (whilst they say they're protecting the green spaces between our villages and towns!). Yet we see no planning applications for building on the "50%" (yet to see that proved!) brownfield sites, which should be developed BEFORE our countryside (none of which should be built on until there is no brownfield land left!). At the worst, they are telling lies about protecting the countryside, in order to mislead voters and gain our votes at this election (now,, why was this election called .....wasn't it something about an MP lying to us??!!).. Poppy22
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3:38pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Poppy22 says...

Forgot to say too that the Lib Dems, in their campaign material, are calling the Aegis Bowl the "Rose Bowl" as they know we're not happy that the name has been changed to advertise a company!
Forgot to say too that the Lib Dems, in their campaign material, are calling the Aegis Bowl the "Rose Bowl" as they know we're not happy that the name has been changed to advertise a company! Poppy22
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