Simon Beard cares passionately about the issues that matter to Dartford.
He has lived in North West Kent for the last 20 years and feels that too often the area is treated as a dumping ground for regional services rather than respected for the vibrant community it is.
Simon works at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, an academic research centre at the University of Cambridge, investigating long term threats to the future of humanity, including climate change and nuclear weapons. He believes that politicians should take decisions that are in people’s long term interests and think beyond the next round of elections.
Simon has a PhD from the London School of Economics and is a fully qualified teacher in Higher Education. He has also worked for a diverse range of campaigning organisations, including SCOPE, Dignity in Dying and the Open Spaces Society.
Commenting on his selection Simon said “Now is not the time for business as usual. The Conservatives think that everything is just fine right now and that they deserve to govern indefinitely. I disagree with that. From Dartford’s deadly air pollution to the crisis in funding for our schools, social services and the NHS, this government is letting people down and its reckless plans for a hard Brexit will only make things worse. I am delighted to be offering the people of Dartford a clear choice and a Liberal voice at this election”
Simon is married with two children, aged 5 and 2.