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Simon Wright (politician)

Simon Wright
Simon Wright MP Hinchinbrooke 2010.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Norwich South
In office
6 May 2010 – 7 May 2015
Preceded byCharles Clarke
Succeeded byClive Lewis
Personal details
Born (1979-09-15) 15 September 1979 (age 39)[1]
NationalityBritish
Political partyLiberal Democrats
Alma materImperial College London
King's College London
Website[simonwright.org.uk]

Simon James Wright[2] (born 15 September 1979) is a British Liberal Democrat politician, who served as the Member of Parliament for Norwich South from 2010–15, defeating frontbench incumbent Charles Clarke (Lab), winning 29.7% of the votes and a narrow majority of 310 votes.[3]

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

Wright has worked as a maths teacher 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 his job as a teacher to become campaigns officer for Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk. Coincidentally, the member of staff whom he replaced became his wife in 2006.

In 2005, Wright oversaw Norman Lamb's successful re-election campaign in North Norfolk, increasing his majority from 483 votes to 10,606.

Wright stepped down as campaigns officer in 2007 to devote himself full-time to being the Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for Norwich South.

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

He lost his seat at the 2015 general election, when finished in fourth place behind the Green, Conservative and Labour Party candidates.

In 2019 Simon married Anna Thorpe.

References

  1. ^ "Simon Wright MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  2. ^ "List of Members Returned to Serve in Parliament at the General Election 2010". The London Gazette. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Election 2010: Norwich South". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Overall District Wards Summary" (PDF). North-norfolk.gov.uk. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Norwich MP to sit on Environmental Audit Committee (Simon Wright for Norwich South)". Simonwright.org.uk. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2015.

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