Peter Thornton is a recently retired businessman/photographer and author of the “Lakeland Book of the Year” winner “Lakeland from the Air”. A County Councillor and a former Leader of South Lakeland District Council; Peter and his wife Hazel live in a historic farmhouse/Pele tower in the valley of Longsleddale, which is also known as Greendale, the home of Postman Pat!
They have three daughters and six grandchildren living in Edinburgh, Kendal and New York. Peter says "Our daughters live in three different countries and are each happy and accepted there. That’s the reality of movement about the globe and one of the reasons why I don’t want the UK to become inward looking and protectionist."
Peter is standing for the Carlisle constituency because he believes that a “Hard Brexit” will be disastrous for the whole Cumbrian economy but especially for Carlisle. He says, "Carlisle is a Border Constituency on the very edge of England. The consequence of a Hard Brexit, with the very real possibility of a subsequent independent Scotland, are that Carlisle would be right at the edge of a diminished nation with all that would follow for it’s commercial future.
"A Liberal Democrat vote on June 8th means a greater chance that the next government will listen to the voice of those on both sides of the argument who believe that our economic future depends upon good relations with our major trading partner."
"Carlisle is a wonderful place to live and work, less than 3 ½ hours from the centre of London by our excellent train service. We need a local MP who will sell Carlisle, who will back new housing/new businesses and sell this historic City as a wonderful place to live, to run a business and to visit."