Voters in the Old Bexley and Sidcup constituency will select their new MP tomorrow (December 2), following the tragic death of James Brokenshire. 

Former local government secretary Mr Brokenshire won the seat for the Conservatives with a majority of almost 19,000 at the 2019 general election.

Simone Reynolds is standing for the Liberal Democrats.

News Shopper has given the main candidates the opportunity to speak directly to readers ahead of polling day.

Simone Reynolds - Liberal Democrat

The Liberal Democrats sent News Shopper the following:

Simone has lived in Sidcup since 2008 and is mother to two children, both of whom attended local state schools.

Being a local Candidate means she has community connections and direct experience of the local issues the same as her neighbours in the constituency.

She has worked in the mental health/social care field for over 20 years (including for the NHS, social services and a mental health charity).

Simone is currently working as part of an Adult Social Care Team for a local authority in London.

This has given Simone first-hand experience of the needs of vulnerable adults such as those who are elderly or disabled  and the pressures facing the social care system.

Simone has political experience and previously represented the Liberal Democrats when she stood as the candidate for the St. Michael’s Ward by-election in 2016, the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Bexleyheath and Crayford Constituency in 2017, the candidate for Sidcup Ward in the 2018 local elections and was the Parliamentary Candidate for Old Bexley and Sidcup in 2019.

Simone says: “I a campaigning to be the strong voice for families taken for granted by this incompetent Conservative Government and Conservative run Bexley Council. I want a better deal for education and our children.

"Schools were woefully underfunded before the pandemic and it’s worse now. We need a massive investment programme to help them catch up“. 

The local Lib Dems are opposing the Government’s manifesto breaking promises on state pensions and tax rises. Simone is demanding a better deal for social care and more investment in training GPs.

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