Meet the candidates - Simon Waddington, Erith & Thamesmead

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For more than a decade Simon Waddington has been a passionate local campaigner for the Liberal Democrats wherever he has lived he has worked hard to promote campaigns which promote sustainable economic growth as well as ingraining fairness into our society.

Simon grew up in Bristol and became an active member of his community from a young age, academically taking a keen interest in international affairs and relations and forming a deep interest in Africa and the development of political systems in sub-Saharan countries.

Simon was delighted to be selected as the prospective Parliamentary candidate for Erith and Thamesmead, saying at the time "this important and historic region of London is due hard working representation as well as a set of values and principles in tune with modern Britain."

Often helping out at action days or by-elections Simon is proud of his membership and history with the Liberal Democrats, and relishes the opportunity and challenges of taking the fight into the next Parliament.

A committed family man, Simon works in the field of international communications.


Meet the candidates - Drew Heffernan, Old Bexley & Sidcup

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Drew Heffernan is the candidate for Old Bexley & Sidcup.

Drew has worked in Special Needs for seven years at an ‘Outstanding’ rated school in West London, playing a key role as an autism specialist Learning Support Officer. Drew was also a governor at a North London primary school for several years and has seen first-hand the benefits of the Pupil Premium, a policy enacted by the Lib Dems in coalition.

Prior to that he studied Human Sciences at University College, London, the first in his family to attend University. Since moving to Bexley borough Drew has actively campaigned on behalf of local people. He co-founded the environmental campaign Divest Bexley which raises awareness of the risks to pensioners posed by Bexley Council’s investments in fossil fuels. The campaign now also raises awareness about the risks of flooding to Bexley homes and residents.

Drew has loved living in Bexley since he moved here in 2015, and is keen that it retains the green spaces, vibrant local economy and friendly people that makes it such a unique place to live. 

 

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Meet the candidates - Simone Reynolds, Bexleyheath & Crayford

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Simone Reynolds is the candidate for Bexleyheath and Crayford.

Simone grew up in Kent before attending University College London in 1992 where she graduated with a degree in Ancient History/Egyptology. Simone then studied for a Graduate Diploma in Psychology at London Guildhall University. She has remained living in London and has been a Bexley resident since 2008.

Simone has worked in the mental health/social care field for over 20 years (including the NHS, social services and housing associations). Simone is currently working as a community mental health advocate for a mental health charity in Bexley and has done so for 8 years. This has given Simone much experience in this area particularly around the needs of the disabled and those with mental health problems.

Simone is mother to 2 children, both children attend mainstream state schools in Bexley.  Simone is therefore aware of the needs of families within the London Borough of Bexley.

Simone represented the Liberal Democrats in Bexley when she stood as their candidate for St Michael's ward in the 2016 Council by-elections.  She is currently Vice Chair of Bexley Liberal Democrats.


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