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Simon Bishop: Demanding Better for Our Area

I'm Simon, and I'm delighted to have been selected to stand for the Liberal Democrats in Folkestone and Hythe in the forthcoming General Election.

I'm really proud to be the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Folkestone and Hythe.

I grew up here, going to Saltwood Primary School and The Harvey Grammar. I was a member of 1st Saltwood Scouts, learnt to swim in Hythe Pool and still regularly kayak and paddle board on The Royal Military Canal and the sea. My first full-time job was at Saga and I also worked as a waiter at The Imperial Hotel in Hythe and a barman at the old Bonkers nightclub in Folkestone Harbour.

After school I studied Economics and Geography at Edinburgh University and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study International Relations and Journalism in New York at Columbia University.

I'm currently Deputy Chief Executive of a global charity helping the world's poorest children. During my 25-year career I have also worked around the world as an aid worker, journalist and in politics, including advising the UK government's Secretary of State for International Development and working for The United Nations and the BBC.

More importantly, I'm a proud husband and a dad of two small girls.

It is easy to get depressed about the state of the world. But we Liberal Democrats have much to celebrate.

The Conservatives and Labour continue to veer off to the political extremes, leaving us as the only clear Remain party and the only one that wants to inhabit the centre-ground. In Jo Swinson we have a dynamic leader, who is the antithesis of Johnson and Corbyn. Our membership has grown from 40,000 in 2015 to more than 120,000 today. We are a party of renewal. A rapidly expanding movement of hope.

If ever there was a moment to harness that hope it is now. The decisions made by the winner of any upcoming general election will define our country for a generation. This is also politics in 2019, when anything can happen, even in a seat dominated for too long by the Conservatives.

I care passionately about Britain and am not going to stand by while others wreck it.

If you will work with me to beat the Conservatives here in Folkestone and Hythe, I'd love to hear from you.

Follow Simon on Twitter @SiBishop and on Facebook and Instagram at sibishoplibdem.

To donate to Simon's campaign visit fhld.uk/donate or to volunteer to help visit fhld.uk/volunteer.

  • Simon Bishop
    Article: Nov 29, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have today announced plans to fund at least 28 police officers across Folkestone and Hythe constituency as part of an extra £1bn nationwide investment into community policing.

    This commitment amounts to 20,000 more police officers across England and Wales, enough for an extra two officers per ward. The Liberal Democrats will also fund an immediate 2 per cent pay-rise for serving police officers.

  • School Meals
    Article: Nov 20, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will spend £10 billion a year more on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament.

    New figures from the National Education Union show that next year (2020/21), schools in Folkestone and Hythe will have seen their budgets cut by more than £3.5 million in real terms since 2015, once increasing pupil numbers are taken into account.

  • Simon Bishop outside Hythe Clinic
    Article: Nov 14, 2019

    Only 83.6 per cent of patients arriving at A&E in Kent and Medway, including the Folkestone and Hythe area were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to damning figures published today by NHS England.

    With the figure being well below the official target of 95% of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours, Simon Bishop, Lib Dem candidate for Folkestone and Hythe, has reiterated his opposition to the proposed closure of Ashford A&E.

  • British Passport
    Article: Nov 12, 2019

    Hundreds of EU nationals living in Folkestone and Hythe have not been offered permanent residency in the UK, the latest official figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

    Candidate in the upcoming election for the Lib Dems, Simon Bishop, accused the government of leaving local families from the EU in "legal limbo" and throwing people's lives into desperate uncertainty.

  • Simon Bishop and Lib Dem members and supporters campaigning in Saltwood
    Article: Nov 11, 2019
    By Simon Bishop, Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Folkestone and Hythe

    Where the first day of campaigning made me concerned about the division that has been sowed by the Brexit referendum, this weekend has inspired me.

    To see so many people out helping deliver leaflets in Hawkinge, Folkestone, Hythe, Saltwood, Stanford and beyond was incredible. There were party members and non-party members who came to help. Some were life long Lib Dem members, others for whom it was their first time and they came because they feel so passionately that Brexit is wrong for this country that they want to do their bit to help.

  • Simon Bishop
    Article: Nov 8, 2019
    By Simon Bishop, Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Folkestone and Hythe

    I was excited today. Today was the first full day of election campaigning. I started off bright and early with my team doing some leafleting in the constituency. A part of the democratic process that I have never batted an eyelid at or given me any thought of concern.

    We all followed the delivery rules. If there are signs saying no cold callers we didn't deliver a leaflet. We closed the gates when we leave. We pushed the leaflet all the way through the letter box to make sure that a house is left as secure as we found it. Everyone in the team is always friendly, courteous and considerate.

  • Simon Bishop
    Article: Oct 29, 2019
    By Simon Bishop, Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Folkestone and Hythe

    An election is coming. We can be sure of that. As I write the calling of a General Election is being debated in the Commons. Despite a flurry of amendments one thing is becoming increasingly clear: a General Election is not far away.

    I've been so touched, and so humbled, by the level of support for me over the past few weeks.

  • Simon Bishop
    Article: Oct 28, 2019
    By Simon Bishop, Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Folkestone and Hythe

    Firstly, the very existence of our United Kingdom is at stake. With Boris Johnson treating Northern Ireland differently to the rest of us, it increases the calls for Independence for Scotland. If they are faced by remaining in a United Kingdom or a United Europe, they could well leave. That wasn't on the referendum ballot paper.

  • Simon Bishop
    Article: Oct 23, 2019

    The new Liberal Democrat candidate for the expected forthcoming General Election will be local lad, and former Conservative Special Adviser to a Secretary of State in the coalition government, Simon Bishop.

    Before entering a high-profile career which saw him work for Prince Charles, the BBC and The United Nations, Simon went to Saltwood Primary School and The Harvey Grammar in Folkestone. His first full-time job was at Saga and he also worked as a waiter at The Imperial Hotel in Hythe and as a barman at the old Bonkers nightclub in Folkestone.

  • Simon Bishop
    Article: Oct 23, 2019
    By Simon Bishop, Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Folkestone and Hythe

    I am so proud to be the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for this wonderful area. I think I am qualified to serve its constituents for three reasons:

    1. I LOVE Folkestone and Hythe

    2. I have the experience, skills and, most importantly, the integrity and decency to help fix our broken political system

    3. I care passionately about Britain and am not going to stand by while others wreck it

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