Fighting for Rochdale, Littleborough and Milnrow
Simon lives in the Newbold area of Rochdale with his partner Karen and their children. He is 45 years old and was elected Rochdale's Member of Parliament in May 2010. Before becoming Rochdale's MP he worked in a social research company based in Manchester that he co-founded in 1999. Prior to this he worked as a researcher for The Big Issue in the North.
Simon is the Parliamentary Private Secretary for the Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna. He is also a member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.
He has been involved in the Labour movement for many years having joined the Labour Party through the GMB trade union in the late 1980s. Simon is a former councillor, having been elected at the young age of 27 and served 8 years before standing down to concentrate on business.
His working life started at 16 in a factory making gas fires. He eventually studied at night school and gained the qualifications he’d missed out on at secondary school. Simon then gained a place at Lancaster University where he studied economic sociology and politics as a mature student. He spent three years travelling up and down the M6 motorway to study at Lancaster and believes this educational opportunity has helped raise his aspirations and those he has for others.
Simon has keen interests, which are shaped by his own life experience, and the social research he has done over many years. These include how best to alleviate poverty, employment issues, tackling anti social behaviour and business development.