Sima is a secondary school English teacher and is standing as parliamentary candidate in South West Devon. She grew up in South West Devon experiencing the rural nature of the constituency on a daily basis, where her maternal grandfather had strong links with the local farming community. Wherever she has studied or travelled, the rolling green hills of the constituency are always a sure sign that she is home.
A member of the Liberal Democrats since 2010, Sima has decided to stand as a parliamentary candidate following a range of life experiences which have made her feel compelled to act and to promote liberal values. ‘Significant life events made me appreciate even more the importance of a caring and compassionate society where we can be assured that we will be fairly treated and looked after, regardless of our backgrounds,’ she says. Sima actively campaigns to raise awareness of Bowel Cancer and has contributed to research in this area and other issues affecting cancer patients.
A unique constituency, South West Devon comprises the urban and rural: from the edges of Plymouth and its suburbs of Plympton and Plymstock, to Ivybridge and the villages and settlements of the South Hams. Sima says: ‘South West Devon is a varied and beautiful constituency, with a range of landscapes and communities. Its needs are quite vast: from farming communities and the challenges they face; to the rapidly expanding population of districts within the constituency and the need for infrastructure to support it; preserving and protecting our environment. The challenges are great. I want this to be an inclusive, compassionate and forward-looking constituency.’