Eastleigh’s MP Mike Thornton has been unanimously reselected to stand in next year’s General Election for the Liberal Democrats.
Mike was formally re-adopted to stand for the party last night (Sunday) by Liberal Democrat supporters from across Eastleigh Borough.
The MP was praised at the event for his work on championing apprenticeships, and his campaign to improve local Mental Health services. Since the Hampshire MP launched his apprentice campaign in the summer of 2013, the Borough of Eastleigh has seen an extra 1000 new apprenticeships created for local young people.
The MP’s reselection comes on the 1st annual anniversary of the Eastleigh By-Election.
Since the By-Election, Mike Thornton has built up a strong local reputation as a hard-working campaigner. The MP has written nearly 6500 letters on behalf of constituents, and helped 3000 local people with their problems. The MP also holds weekly surgery sessions, offering advice and support to constituents.
Commenting on his re-adoption to stand in the General Election, Mike Thornton said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be reselected. It is a great privilege to be MP for the area you live in, and it means a lot to me to have this backing. I take nothing for granted and work on the basis I have to earn every vote I get.”
Mike Thornton has lived in Eastleigh Borough for the past 20 years. He is married to Peta who works at a local school. They have a daughter, Philippa, who is training to be a doctor. He was first elected as a Councillor for Bishopstoke in 2007.
The General Election will be held next year. Bookmaker’s predict a close race between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. Labour, who finished a poor fourth in last year’s By-Election, are placed at a distant 66-1.