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Welcome

Thank you for visiting my website.

I am the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Daventry Constituency at the snap election on 8th June.

I am an experienced local campaigner and believe that politicians have to prove they are worthy of your support by the actions and approach they take on representing you. I have previously stood for Parliament three times and on each occasion secured an increase in the vote share for the Liberal Democrats. I served as a Northampton Borough Councillor between 1995-2011 and most recently stood to be elected to Northamptonshire County Council in the Braunston & Crick Division which saw a 25% increase in the Lib Dem vote and put us firmly in place as the challengers to the Conservatives in that area.

On this website you can find information about my past and present campaigns and my interests and views.

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If there are issues I can help you with please get in touch.

With best wishes

Andrew

  • Document: May 21, 2017
  • Social care image
    Article: May 19, 2017

    Conservative manifesto plans will mean the average household in Daventry constituencycould be forced to pay £172,033 of the value of their homes for social care after they die, it has been revealed.

    The manifesto plans, which would mean that people would be forced to hand over assets worth over £100,000 to pay for social care at home, would have a particularly damaging impact on sufferers of dementia, who have complicated long-term health needs.

  • Andrew with the Lib Dem Team
    Article: May 17, 2017
    By Andrew Simpson

    The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto plans today for a brighter future, with pledges to reverse Conservative cuts and increase funding for the NHS, schools and police. The Party's landmark policy would give the people the final say on the Brexit deal which would include the option to remain in the EU.

  • Article: May 14, 2017
    By Andrew Simpson

    Andrew Simpson, local Liberal Democrat candidate for Daventry standing in the General Election has pledged their support for pub-goers and beer drinkers in by backing CAMRA's Election Manifesto.

    CAMRA's 187,000 members are asking candidates to promote and celebrate Britain's 1,540 breweries and over 50,000 pubs by considering a range of measures to help make pub-going and beer drinking more affordable for UK consumers.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in the Daventry area and build more affordable homes.

    There are currently 881 families in the Daventry area on a waiting list for council homes, up from 809 last year.

    In addition, official figures show 80 homes in the Daventry area have been empty for over six months.

    The Liberal Democrats would introduce a legal requirement for smaller housing developments to include affordable homes, make it easier for local authorities and housing associations to borrow money and set up a new government-backed Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank.

    The party would allow local authorities to hike up council tax on empty homes by up to 200%, including second homes. Local authorities could also choose to impose penalties on developers who leave plots of land empty for over 3 years, to tackle so-called land-banking.

    Andrew Simpson Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Daventry commented:

    "Nearly 900 hundreds families in Daventry are struggling to find a decent and affordable place to call home.

    "Many young people in particular are finding it virtually impossible to get on the housing ladder.

    "At the same time, homes are sitting empty and plots of land bought by developers are not being used.

    "The market is broken and has failed to deliver. That is why we are setting out radical plans to fix the housing crisis.

    "A Conservative landslide would allow the government to take people for granted, meaning years more soaring rents and failure to build enough affordable housing.

    "A better future is available. Have hope, vote Liberal Democrat and we can change Britain's future and build the affordable homes Daventry needs."

    ENDS

    Notes for editors

    Long-term vacant dwelling by local authority here (table 611)

    Number of households on local authorities' housing waiting list here (table 600)

    To address the huge shortage of housing in the UK, the Liberal Democrats have committed to:

  • Article: May 10, 2017
    By Andrew Simpson

    The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £39,081,032 more in schools and colleges in Northamptonshire over the next parliament.

    The funding for Northamptonshire would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.

    £4,776,948 of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.

    Andrew Simpson Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Daventry said:

    "Children in Daventry are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Theresa May doesn't care.

    "Under the Conservatives, funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, while billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools.

    "This extra £39 million of funding would ensure no school and no child loses out.

    "We will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed."

    Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    "A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone.

    "Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for Daventry.

    "Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain's future."

    ENDS

    Notes to Editors

    The Liberal Democrats will invest £6.9bn more in our schools and colleges over the next parliament, to ensure no school and no child loses out. A breakdown of local figures on additional funding by local authority can be found here.

    Over the course of the Parliament, we will:

  • Article: May 9, 2017
  • Andrew head and shoulders
    Article: May 6, 2017
    By Andrew Simpson

    Liberal Democrats in Daventry constituency have chosen Andrew Simpson as their candidate for the snap General Election on 8th June.

    Andrew is an experienced local and parliamentary campaigner having stood previously for the party in the General Elections of 2001, 2005 and 2010. In 2010 he stood in Northampton North and came within 5% of taking the seat from the Conservatives.

  • Article: May 5, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign. The tax would raise an additional £44 million for the Nene Clinical Commissioning Group area which includes Daventry, with £33 million for the NHS and £11million for social care each year.

  • Andrew Simpson in Kilsby Road, Crick
    Article: Mar 12, 2017
    By Andrew Simpson

    Local Lib Dem campaigner Andrew Simpson, has expressed suprise and shock that the Police have had to place warning signs in Watford and Kilsby Road between Crick and the A5, beacuse of the dangerous state of the road.

    Liberal Democrats have been calling on the Consevative run authority to prioritise road repairs - particularly in areas of high traffic levels.
    "The signs are definitely needed as the road is unsafe" said Andrew "But what a riduculous position to get into where the County Council has failed to maintain the road properly and the potholes have become so big that they are now a danger to vehicles".