Simon Hughes re-selected for Bermondsey and Old Southwark

In news which will surprise nobody, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes has been re-selected by his local party in Bermondsey and Old Southwark to fight the 2015 General Election as reported by the London SE1 community website.

Simon said:

Since I was first elected, we’ve been through a lot. Fighting to have tube stations in Bermondsey and Southwark, unemployment dropping from nearly 20 per cent to 7 per cent, regeneration of our high streets, and many things that matter to local people like better housing and schools, and more training and jobs.

But little compares to the work I have been able to do for individuals and families. Standing up for individuals in the face of sometimes incredible odds is why I wanted to be an MP at the beginning.

It is a huge privilege to be chosen again to continue to serve every person in every community on every street and estate in every part of this proud and famous constituency.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Bermondsey by-election when Simon was first elected.

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  • Ah good – I feared that Simon might be contemplating retirement/elevation to the Lords after his 30 years service (and as he nudges towards 65)

    I fear that he will have a tough fight on his hands at the election, Labour Party friends of mine in nearby Camberwell were speculating recently that he might retire rather than face defeat but I guess he must be confident that the Simon Hughes yellow taxi will continue to ply its South London trade post-2015!

  • David Evans 9th Oct '13 - 3:07pm

    Excellent News. Simon is quite simply irreplaceable.

  • Peter Andrews 9th Oct '13 - 7:44pm

    Great news with so many of our long serving MPs choosing to stand down we need people like Simon Hughes around for the fight in 2015

  • David White 10th Oct '13 - 2:32pm

    Yes, good news from Mr Hughes. He has the reputation of being an excellent MP for his constituency and his constituents. And he’s still only a youngster – comparatively!

  • Another Simon 10th Oct '13 - 4:38pm

    In a by-election last November in the only all Labour ward in Bermondsey the Lib Dem candidate got 40% of the vote nearly taking the seat of Labour. If that is the result that a candidate that wasn’t Simon Hughes got in Labour’s best ward in the patch in 2012 it suggests that it might be rather harder work than Camberwell Labour might like to think to take on Simon Hughes.

  • Ruth Bright 10th Oct '13 - 8:37pm

    Another Simon – what a ridiculous piece of spin. I held the next door ward for eight years. A generation ago we used to storm home in by-elections in the ward you mention . Alas – no longer.

  • Another Simon 11th Oct '13 - 7:49pm

    Ruth how is that ridiculous spin? I’m not denying that we have had good results in that ward in the past during a Labour government. The fact remains we nearly one in East Walworth ward last year, while Labour are much stronger in the polls, without Simon Hughes being on the ballot.

  • Another Simon – we have a long, long successful history in that ward (and its forerunner) happily holding it under Tory and Labour governments. The kitchen sink was thrown at the by-election. To make it sound like an amazing near miss which should leave Labour reeling is silly.

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