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  Hughes, Simon
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AffiliationLiberal Democrats  
<-  2009-05-21  
 
NameSimon Hughes
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Born May 17, 1951 (69 years)
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Aug 03, 2019 02:32pm
Tags English - Single - Anglican - Bisexual -
InfoSimon Hughes won the seat of Southwark for the Liberal Party in a notoriously bitter 1983 by-election, against Labour's Peter Tatchell. Hughes has since publically apologised (in 2006) for his role in what is generally acknowledged to have been the most homophobic campaign in British electoral history.

He has held the seat ever since, winning for the sixth time in 2001 with a 26% majority.

His continued success in what was seen as a natural Labour heartland is partly due to his very high profile.

Mr Hughes has gained even more media attention since becoming the party's home affairs spokesman in 1999, having come second to Charles Kennedy in the Liberal Democrat leadership election on a platform of greater autonomy from Labour.

He uses his current position to articulate the same liberal views he has consistently held on such issues as penal and asylum policy.

Mr Hughes is also a dedicated environmentalist and anti-nuclear campaigner, as well as being an opponent of both abortion and euthanasia.

He is well known around Parliament for the bright yellow London taxi he drives and for his frequent speeches.

In 1999, he was placed under police protection after receiving death threats following his role in convincing witnesses in a murder case to give testimony.

In 2006 he admitted in an interview with the Sun that he had had homosexual relationships and that it had been a mistake to have been "defensive" on the issue (Hughes had repeatedly denied being homosexual, most recently in an interview with the Independent).

Trevor Kavanagh, associate editor of The Sun, said that Hughes had decided to speak about his sexuality after being confronted with "pretty incontrovertible" evidence that he had phoned a gay chat line.


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  06/08/2017 UK Parliament - Bermondsey & Old Southwark Lost 31.08% (-22.17%)
  05/07/2015 UK Parliament - Bermondsey & Old Southwark Lost 34.34% (-8.73%)
  06/09/2010 Liberal Democrats - Deputy Leader Won 66.67% (+35.09%)
  05/06/2010 UK Parliament - Bermondsey & Old Southwark Won 48.35% (+19.10%)
  03/02/2006 Liberal Democrat Party Leader - First Round Lost 23.22% (-21.49%)
  05/05/2005 UK Parliament - Southwark North & Bermondsey Won 47.09% (+14.24%)
  09/01/2004 UK Liberal Democrats - Party President Won 70.57% (+41.56%)
  06/10/2004 London Mayor Lost 15.35% (-21.40%)
  03/05/2003 London Mayor - LD Selection Won 62.20% (+27.61%)
  06/07/2001 UK Parliament - Southwark North & Bermondsey Won 56.94% (+26.13%)
  08/09/1999 Liberal Democrat Leader Lost 42.80% (-12.92%)
  08/09/1999 Liberal Democrat Leader - Third Round Won 37.96% (+0.00%)
  08/09/1999 Liberal Democrat Leader - Second Round Won 34.07% (-12.24%)
  08/09/1999 Liberal Democrat Leader - First Round Won 31.83% (+0.00%)
  05/01/1997 UK Parliament - Southwark North & Bermondsey Won 48.61% (+8.30%)
  04/09/1992 UK Parliament - Southwark & Bermondsey Won 56.87% (+26.09%)
  06/11/1987 UK Parliament - Southwark & Bermondsey Won 47.43% (+7.72%)
  06/09/1983 UK Parliament - Southwark & Bermondsey Won 49.86% (+14.98%)
  02/24/1983 UK Parliament - Bermondsey - By-election Won 57.71% (+31.60%)
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