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Tom Brake

Liberal Democrat MP

From the age of 8, Tom lived with his family in France and attended the Lycee International School in the Western suburbs of Paris.

Ten years later, he returned to the UK to continue his education at Imperial College London where he gained a BSc (Hons) Degree in Physics.

As a student, he was actively involved in human rights issues and the environment, and it was these two issues in particular that fueled his interest in politics.

Tom was elected as a Councillor in Hackney, before moving to Carshalton where he was elected as a Councillor soon afterwards in 1994, consolidating Lib Dem control of Sutton Council.

He stood as the Parliamentary Candidate for Carshalton and Wallington successfully in 1997, having overturned a Tory majority of 10,000.

In the most recent General Election, Tom won with a majority of 1,369.

Tom is a committed and dedicated campaigner having secured victories for the community -- helping Save St Helier Hospital's A&E and maternity unit from closure, saving the Thameslink from ending at Blackfriars and securing the partial re-introduction of the night bus. 

Tom has won several awards for his campaigning, website, and for his highly respected 'e-group'.

In June 2011 Tom was made a Privy Counsellor and served as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and Assistant Government Whip in the Coalition Government.

From May 2015 to June 2017 he served as Liberal Democrat Chief Whip and Foreign Affairs Spokesman.

In June 2017 Tom was appointed Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Exiting the European Union and International Trade and Shadow First Secretary of State.