More About Tom
I live in Toys Hill where I love our surrounding woodlands. I am married and we have two daughters and a dog. My education includes an LLB(Hons), MBA and a Diploma in Finance and Accounting. I have co-authored several law books and served on Law Society, UK Government and EU law committees.
If elected as your representative I would bring a lifetime of experience and judgement in serving your interests. As regards politics, I suspect I would be described as a centrist with a leaning towards the left as I support policies that promote social and economic equality.
If you were to slice me open you would find my dominant force is liberal but not far behind would be a dose of Conservatism, Labour and Green. However I could not vote labour although I do think Keir Starmer has made an impressive start. Who can trust a party that is still largely under the influence of Momentum and their friends such as Militant Tendency and Len McCluskey. Also my life experiences have ensured I could never vote Conservative. Whilst working in London in the 1980s and 1990s, I walked to trains at Waterloo or Charing Cross past the homeless in cardboard city and at the back of the Savoy hotel. I could not understand how a Government could be so heartless and uncaring for the poor, the hungry, the mentally ill and dispossessed.
I am a farmer's boy, born in Northumberland before moving at the age of 5 to the Black Isle near Inverness. I studied Law at Aberdeen University, qualified as a Solicitor in Scotland and England and became head of legal department first at 3i plc and then at the London Stock Exchange. Thereafter I became a partner in London and New York international law firms working mainly for entrepreneurs and their investors (dot com era) and then for state owned energy companies and latterly for investment managers, brokers and investment funds. Since last December, I have been gradually winding down my private work and moving towards an active retirement.
My beliefs include:
- each individual has different interests and eccentricities which we ought to try and understand and respect;
- each vote matters and we ought to oppose those who think only the votes of the people who agree with them count as democracy;
- we must encourage independent thought. We live in a complex society that requires each of us to question and exercise our own judgement as to what is true or false or right or wrong;
- we must support the rule of law and the institutions that give effect to it such as the courts, Parliament (including the House of Lords) and international institutions such as United Nations. I oppose those who seek to undermine the rule of law such as Trump and Johnson;
- all people are born equal regardless of race or colour or sexual orientation. I oppose those who assert that we ought to be afraid of those who are not like us;
- we must encourage those who speak truth unto power. I oppose those who spread fake news and falsehoods and by their slogans infer outcomes which are not achievable.
My main aims:
As a Liberal Democrat my aims include helping to build a society:
- Where political power is held by representatives fairly elected by the people and where decisions are taken at the lowest sensible level and not concentrated in Westminster;
- Where education and training are at the forefront;
- where people gain advancement by ability, hard work and experience rather than by sex, colour, cronyism or wealth;
- where innovation and a strong work ethic are encouraged;
- where trade and business are enthusiastically supported; and
- where we care for the poor, the sick and the elderly.