Simon Hughes MP

Minister for Justice and Civil Liberties

Simon has had the privilege to have been the Member of Parliament for Bermondsey and Old Southwark since 1983.

Born in Cheshire, Simon moved to Wales when he was eight and then to Herefordshire at eighteen.

He read law at Selwyn College in Cambridge where he joined the Union of Liberal Students and became President of the College Student Union.

Simon also took the opportunity to spend a year studying at the College of Europe in Bruges and spent several years as a practising barrister before being elected to the Commons. Throughout his training and career, Simon has always been passionate about human rights and issues of justice. 

Record Of Delivery

When Simon became an MP in 1983, unemployment in his borough was nearly 20%; it’s now less than 7%. Throughout his career Simon has worked hard to see his constituency flourish; Bankside and South Bank is now an area of excellence, recognised internationally. One of Simons’ proudest moments was making sure we have two extra tube stations – Southwark and Bermondsey – on the 1999 Jubilee line extension.  Simon continues to be one of the most hard working MPs and has had an above average record of attendance and contribution to parliamentary debate.

Simon is honoured to serve his borough and remains passionately motivated to seek a stronger economy in a fairer society for all his constituents.

Some of Simon’s achievements in recent years include:

  • Improving road safety in the borough for our cyclists and pedestrians;
  • Working with government to bring an extra £4.8 million to our schools to help pupils from the poorest families and winning an extra £1.3 million for additional school places;
  • Campaigning to open an Urgent Care Centre at St Guy’s – achieved in 2012;
  • Supporting  local businesses in Southwark; launching in 2013 a plan for the regeneration of  the Old Kent Road, Tower Bridge Road and Walworth Road;
  • Cutting income tax for 115,400  Southwark residents this year; for the third year running, Liberal Democrat policies in Government are delivering fairer taxes. 

In 2014, Simon spent Christmas Day visiting key charities and services in Bermondsey and Old Southwark as they provide essential support to the community during the holidays.

Parliamentary Experience

Elected in 1983, Simon is privileged to be among the longest serving frontbench MPs in parliament. Throughout his career, Simon has served the Liberals and Liberal Democrats across manymajor portfolio areas.

In June 2010, Simon became Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader in the House of Commons. During his time in parliament Simon has been a member the Modernisation Committee; the Cross-Party Group on Lords Reform; the Joint Committee on Human Rights and the Ecclesiastical Committee as well as an officer or member of several All Party Parliamentary Groups.

In December 2013 Simon took up his first ministerial post as the Liberal Democrat Minister for Justice and Civil Liberties. These core issues have been Simon’s passion for many years and he looks forward to contributing energetically to progressive and successful policies in the Ministry of Justice and across government. After becoming a minister, Simon stood down as party Deputy Leader in January 2014. 

In January 2015 Simon was appointed to the Liberal Democrat General Election Cabinet as the party's Justice and Attorney General spokesperson. 




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