Rt Hon Simon Hughes

Simon Hughes


Bermondsey and Old Southwark


Liberal Democrat

Address as

Mr Hughes

Contact details


House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 6256
Fax: 020 7219 6567


4 Market Place, London, SE16 3UQ
Tel: 020 7232 2557


Electoral history

Member (Liberal 1983-88, Liberal Democrat since 1988) for Southwark and Bermondsey February 1983 by-election to 1997, for North Southwark and Bermondsey 1997-2010, for Bermondsey and Old Southwalk since 6 May 2010 general election

Parliamentary career

Liberal Spokesperson for the Environment 1983-88; Liberal Democrat: Spokesperson for: Health 1988, London 1988-97, Deputy Chief Whip 1989-99; Spokesperson for: Education, Science and Training 1988-92, Church of England 1988-97, Environment and Natural Resources 1992-94, Urban Affairs and Young People 1994-97, Health 1995-99, Home and Legal Affairs 1999-2003, London 2003-04; Shadow: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 2005, Attorney General 2005-07, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs/Justice 2006-07, Leader of the House of Commons 2007-09, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 2009-10

Party groups

Chair, Liberal Party's Home Affairs Panel 1977-83; President, National League of Young Liberals 1986-92; Liberal Democrat Youth and Students: Vice-President 1983-86, President 1992-; Vice-chair, Southwark and Bermondsey Liberal Association 1981-83; President, Liberal Democrats 2004-08; Contested Liberal Democrat leadership 1999, 2006; Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats 2010-

Select committees

Member: Accommodation and Works 1992-97, Joint Committee on Conventions 2006, Modernisation of the House of Commons 2007-10, Ecclesiastical Committee 2010-

Councils, public bodies

Liberal Democrat London mayoral candidate 2004

International bodies

Trainee, EEC, Brussels 1976; Trainee and member, Secretariat, Directorate and Commission on Human Rights, Council of Europe, Strasbourg 1976-77

Political interests

Human rights, civil liberties, youth affairs, social affairs, housing, environment

Countries of interest

Commonwealth, southern Africa, west Africa, latin America, eastern Europe, Cyprus, South Africa

General Election 2010 - Bermondsey and Old Southwark

Name Party Votes %
Hughes, Simon Lib Dem 21590 48.21%
Shawcross, Valerie Lab 13060 29.16%
Morrison, Loanna Con 7638 17.06%
Tyler, Stephen BNP 1370 3.06%
Chance, Tom Green 718 1.61%
Kirkby, Alan Ind 155 0.35%
Freeman, Steve Ind 120 0.27%
Result Lib Dem Hold (1.52% from Lab to Lib Dem)