We are pleased to announce that Tom Panton has been selected as Liberal Democrat candidate for North Dorset.
The only credible alternative to the Conservatives in this constituency, Tom and the Liberal Democrats will fight a campaign on the issues that people here care about: cuts to public services; schools funding; retaining local health services; and affordable housing for all.
Living in Stour Row in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, Tom is proud to call this beautiful part of the world his home. He is passionate about education, support for rural communities and getting young people involved in politics – especially those disaffected by the Brexit vote.
This election provides voters in North Dorset with an opportunity to change the direction of the country. Only a strong Liberal Democrat presence in Parliament will provide the decent opposition to the Conservatives. A vote for the Liberal Democrats is the only way to protect the local economy by staying in the Single Market and avoid going over the cliff-edge with the Tories’ reckless Hard Brexit. Tom will take this message to all corners of the constituency in this campaign, and will look to engage young people across North Dorset.
Tom has been a researcher in the House of Commons, worked in hospitality and studied at the universities of Southampton and Bergen in Norway. When he is not walking his two dogs in Duncliffe Woods, he enjoys reading, watching his football team and playing cricket.
The Liberal Democrats can put up a challenge here. North Dorset has had a Conservative MP since 1950. It is time for a change and a credible local alternative.