Simon is standing for election because he believes that an outward looking, progressive and tolerant Britain is significantly better placed to meet the challenges of the 21st Century than an inward looking, illiberal, “blame someone else” Britain.
“Unlike Labour, I firmly believe we need to balance the books (and keep them balanced) – there is nothing remotely progressive in leaving our children to pay off our debts. Right now, the UK is paying more on debt interest than it does on our entire Defence budget.
Unlike the Conservatives, I firmly believe we need to do this fairly, building future opportunity for all, and strengthening our already fragile social fabric. This means investing in the education of our people and our national infrastructure, and asking the richest to contribute more because they can afford it.
Unlike UKIP and the SNP, I firmly believe the best chance of solving global problems like terrorism, mass migration and climate change will be achieved if we stick together, and use our collective strength and influence (as one United Kingdom, within Europe) to fight for our future.”
Simon was born in Cheltenham in 1984. He was educated at Easingwold High School in North Yorkshire before securing a place at Durham University to study Physics.
After graduating in 2006 Simon moved to London, from where he has built a successful career as a management consultant, supporting UK public services implement change. He understands extremely well, the challenges facing the public sector, as well as its strengths.
Simon is an avid environmentalist and regular user of public transport. He purchased his own home through a shared ownership scheme in Hammersmith where he has lived since 2009. He understands well the impacts such schemes can have on social cohesion and wellbeing, and in addressing the capital’s housing crisis.
Simon is committed to creating a stronger economy and fairer society for the people of Fulham and Chelsea. His key priorities are:
- Securing more affordable housing so people born in the constituency can live, work and grow old in the constituency
- Securing a moratorium on further changes to NHS services in West London, and proper public consultation / research into ambulance travel times between hospital sites, to ensure the right NHS services are retained at a future Charing Cross hospital
- Securing government funding for local initiatives that reduce the volume and impact of private motor traffic, improve connectivity and air quality. These include a west London cycle super-highway, Hammersmith “fly-under” and Crossrail 2.
- Fighting the redevelopment of the Sutton Estate, and proposals to sell off public land/spaces to private developers
- Securing greater tax raising / borrowing powers for local government to finance health and housing priorities
- Opposing the £4.1bn Thames Tunnel Tideway (aka the Super Sewer), and prioritising public investment into proven (cheaper) sustainable drainage and green infrastructure solutions
You can download a copy of Simon's election address to Chelsea and Fulham residents by clicking here.