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Mortgage adviser to fight for Chris Huhne’s old seat

by Michelle Abrego on Feb 11, 2013 at 10:34

Mortgage adviser to fight for Chris Huhne’s old seat

A mortgage adviser has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to fight for the parliamentary seat of disgraced former energy secretary Chris Huhne.

The Lib Dems have chosen local councillor Mike Thornton, a mortgage adviser at Southampton-based Simply Finance, as their candidate to stand in the upcoming Eastleigh by-election triggered by Hulne’s dramatic departure from the House of Commons.

Thornton was elected after a vote in the Hampshire constituency on Saturday.

Huhne (pictured) resigned as an MP as he admitted perverting the course of justice last week.

Thornton will stand on 28 February against Tory candidate Maria Hutchings.

Thornton's campaign will focus on bringing jobs and investment into the area.

9 comments so far. Why not have your say?


Feb 11, 2013 at 11:12

When it was common practice for Mortgage Advisers to be 'economical with the truth' during the self certified mortgage scandal, was Mr Thornton advising on mortgages?

Did he seek out and report others, who he must have come accross doing his job, when he suspected certain untruths being recorded on mortgage applications? Did he turn a blind eye, or did he prefer an ethical stance over personal income?

As the ethics of potential parliamentary candidates should be thoroughly looked at, perhaps a journalist could investigate. Lets hope there is nothing to report.

I have nothing against Mr Thornton, nor his party but my mistrust of a huge number of mortgage advisers working in the early to mid noughties is nearly as great as my mistrust of politicians!

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Feb 11, 2013 at 11:50

Is this a serious attempt or Interest Only?

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Feb 11, 2013 at 12:09

My distrust of "mortgage advisers" is now such l would never vote for one either. 20 years ago, the only advice seemed to be "How to fiddle a self-cert mortgage app", and now, an MP's salary looks quite attractive

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John Burchett

Feb 11, 2013 at 12:16

He'll certainly earn a lot more particularly with all the expenses!

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Ian Lees

Feb 11, 2013 at 12:20

Good luck to Mr Morton - it is great to see an HONEST BROKER take the place of the MP, or as we the public call them " The Lairs". Of course an MP who lies to his constituency is in Breach Of Law. An MP who lies to Parliament - whislt protected by his peers in power - or is frugal with the truth will always be . . . Just a Liar !

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Bob Donaldson

Feb 11, 2013 at 13:51

How long will it take him to get elected and on the Treasury Select Committe?

Perhaps we can get some sense injected into financial services then!

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Feb 11, 2013 at 14:07

@ Bob Answers are:

Q#1 100,000 years

Q#2 Never

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Man of Kent

Feb 11, 2013 at 14:23

@ John Burchett - "He'll certainly earn a lot more particularly with all the expenses!"

But will the lender take expenses into account for his borrowing?

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Frank Meaden

Feb 15, 2013 at 08:32

Good luck to him.

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