Simon Wright (politician)

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Simon Wright
MP
Simon Wright MP Hinchinbrooke 2010.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Norwich South
In office
6 May 2010 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by Charles Clarke
Succeeded by Clive Lewis
Majority 310 (0.7%)
Personal details
Born (1979-09-15) 15 September 1979 (age 35)[1]
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrats
Alma mater Imperial College London
King's College London
Religion Christian
Website http://simonwright.org.uk

Simon James Wright[2] (born 15 September 1979) is a British Liberal Democrat politician, who was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Norwich South, defeating frontbench incumbent Charles Clarke (Lab), winning 29.7% of the votes cast.[3]

He was educated at Imperial College London (BSc) and King's College London (PGCE).

Wright has worked as a teacher of mathematics at Alderman Peel High School in Wells-next-the-Sea in North Norfolk and was elected as a councillor for the Lancaster North ward (Fakenham) on North Norfolk District Council in 2003.[4] Wright achieved the second highest percentage of the vote of three seats available in the poll behind Cllr Nich Starling (LD).

Later that year, Wright quit teaching to become campaigns officer for Norman Lamb MP (LD), North Norfolk. Coincidentally the member of staff whom he replaced became his wife in 2006.

In 2005, Wright oversaw Norman Lamb's General Election victory in North Norfolk increasing the majority from 483 votes to 10,606.

Wright stepped down as campaigns officer in 2007 to devote himself full-time to being his party's prospective parliamentary candidate for Norwich South.

Wright's first parliamentary appointment saw him appointed to the Environmental Audit Select Committee in July 2010.[5]

On 9 December 2010, Wright was one of 21 Liberal Democrat MPs to vote against Government proposals to raise university tuition fees[6] The vote was controversial for other Liberal Democrats as many had signed an NUS pledge promising to vote against tuition fee increases.[7] He lost his seat at the 2015 general election.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Simon Wright MP". BBC Democracy Live (BBC). Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Election 2010: Norwich South". News.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Overall District Wards Summary" (PDF). North-norfolk.gov.uk. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  5. ^ "Norwich MP to sit on Environmental Audit Committee (Simon Wright for Norwich South)". Simonwright.org.uk. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  6. ^ "Tuition fees: How Liberal Democrat MPs voted - BBC News". Bbc.co.uk. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  7. ^ [2][dead link]

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Clarke
Member of Parliament for Norwich South
20102015
Succeeded by
Clive Lewis