Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Dartford
Hi I'm Simon and I would like to be your MP. Why? Because I care. I was born in Strood and am a north Kent lad. I worked in Dartford for several years as a BBC journalist. I have family living here. And I've knocked on thousands of doors over the last 18 months to find out what people want from their MP.
My dad was a Church of England vicar in north Kent for most of his life and my mum was a social worker. They cared about the area and people. So do I. I will stand up for Dartford and will help turn our town around.
I know what it's like having a parent needing full time care and how it feels to be unemployed. Before joining the BBC, I worked as a warehouse picker, a waste collector and in a Royal Mail sorting office.
I'm married with two young daughters, and love spending time with them. I also enjoy playing football.
My Priorities for Dartford
A Fresh Approach to Politics
I'm an experienced radio and tv journalist and have interviewed and held to account Prime Ministers, government ministers and many others in authority. And I've made films about politics with teenagers. But journalists can only raise issues -- politicians have the power to do something.
I want to change politics for the better. Too many people have lost trust in politicians because of their broken promises.
Being an MP is a privilege. It is well paid and should be a full time job. If elected as MP for Dartford, it will be my only job.
Politicians need the courage to speak out and the media needs to give them the freedom to do so. As MP for Dartford, I will speak up about the issues that matter here. I've already said no to another Dartford crossing, criticised Southeastern for their poor service, spoken out against fracking, and have helped in the fight to force the county council to switch the street lights back on.
We need to modernise our political system. Labour will give 16 year olds the right to vote and give you the right to sack your MP if they abuse the system. And I want to explore other ideas to encourage people to vote.