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Last Thursday 7th May, Labour lost the General Election. I was the parliamentary candidate in Dartford.  It is a classic bellwether seat – having been taken by the party which forms the government at every election since 1964. Sadly, despite us building a committed and passionate team of local volunteers and running a professional and joined up campaign, the Conservative candidate was returned with a bigger majority than in 2010. We could do little on the night to stem the tide against Labour and needed a national 37-30% split in our favour to have succeeded. Memories of the 1992 election came flooding back.

Where Labour Went Wrong

Last Thursday 7th May, Labour lost the General Election. I was the parliamentary candidate in Dartford.  It is a classic bellwether seat – having been taken by the party which forms the government at every election since 1964. Sadly, despite... Read more

Simon Thomson, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Dartford met with Southeastern's MD David Statham yesterday - as part of an event organised by Dartford Rail Travellers Association.

Meeting with Southeastern's MD David Statham

Simon Thomson, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Dartford met with Southeastern's MD David Statham yesterday - as part of an event organised by Dartford Rail Travellers Association. Read more

Dartford only succeeds when working people succeed - that's Labour's message for the General Election.

Labour's plan for Dartford

Dartford only succeeds when working people succeed - that's Labour's message for the General Election. Read more

Waiting to hear whether you’ve been given your preferred choice of school can be a stressful time for parents and children.

However, it seems that Kent County Council’s policy of accepting more applications from outside the county is creating extra stress for families in Dartford.

Dartford’s children being let down over local school places

Waiting to hear whether you’ve been given your preferred choice of school can be a stressful time for parents and children.However, it seems that Kent County Council’s policy of accepting more applications from outside the county is creating extra stress... Read more

Increasing numbers of people in the Dartford area are struggling with debt and are only just able to meet their living costs, according to new figures released by StepChange, a Debt Charity. The figures are released as part of the charity’s Debt Awareness Week. 

Debt On The Rise In Dartford

Increasing numbers of people in the Dartford area are struggling with debt and are only just able to meet their living costs, according to new figures released by StepChange, a Debt Charity. The figures are released as part of the... Read more

Dear Gareth,

I am writing to you to seek urgent clarification following a tweet sent earlier today by the Mayor of London, which stated:

Letter to Gareth Johnson - New Dartford Crossing

Dear Gareth, I am writing to you to seek urgent clarification following a tweet sent earlier today by the Mayor of London, which stated: Read more

Dear Mayor Johnson

I am writing to you to seek urgent clarification over your tweet earlier today, in response to a question from @mark_bailey10, in which you stated:

Letter to Mayor of London - New Dartford Crossing

Dear Mayor Johnson I am writing to you to seek urgent clarification over your tweet earlier today, in response to a question from @mark_bailey10, in which you stated: Read more

Today's confirmation that Tesco has finally dropped plans to build a super-store in Dartford town centre hardly comes as a surprise. Anyone who walks past the boarded up shops in Lowfield Street or has read the company's annual report will realise that.

Lowfield Street

Today's confirmation that Tesco has finally dropped plans to build a super-store in Dartford town centre hardly comes as a surprise. Anyone who walks past the boarded up shops in Lowfield Street or has read the company's annual report will... Read more

Simon Thomson responds to the governments’ road building announcement – “Dartford has been let down by the Conservative led government again. There is nothing new announced that will help get Dartford moving.”

Government Roads Programme - Statement from Dartford Labour

Simon Thomson responds to the governments’ road building announcement – “Dartford has been let down by the Conservative led government again. There is nothing new announced that will help get Dartford moving.” Read more

Dear Gareth Johnson,

The NHS is one of our greatest achievements and our most important institution. But it’s under threat from your government which puts privatisation before patient care. 

Open Letter to Gareth Johnson, re: NHS

Dear Gareth Johnson, The NHS is one of our greatest achievements and our most important institution. But it’s under threat from your government which puts privatisation before patient care.  Read more

The Conservative MP for Dartford has failed to support local publicans in their fight for survival against the predatory practices of large pub owning companies.

Dartford MP failing to stand up for local pubs

The Conservative MP for Dartford has failed to support local publicans in their fight for survival against the predatory practices of large pub owning companies. Read more

Whether it’s being stuck in traffic gridlock or being left on a platform by a cancelled train – too often it seems like Dartford isn’t moving. We need that to change – we need a plan to get Dartford moving again. If I’m MP for Dartford next May I’ll tackle our traffic and transport issues.  I’m not going to pretend we can fix everything overnight – but there are things we can and should be doing to help get Dartford moving again. That’s why today I’m launching my traffic and transport priorities for Dartford:

Let's Get Dartford Moving

Whether it’s being stuck in traffic gridlock or being left on a platform by a cancelled train – too often it seems like Dartford isn’t moving. We need that to change – we need a plan to get Dartford moving... Read more

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