Thank you for visiting my website.
I am the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for the forthcoming General Election on 12th December.
I stood for Parliament last time in the 2017 snap election and, as you will see from my website, I am an experienced campaigner having increased the vote share for the Liberal Democrats in every parliamentary contest I have fought.
This election will be like no other I have fought being as it is down to the stalemate over the way forward for Brexit.
But it must be remembered that the whole Brexit mess is down to the Conservatives and in particular those in the European Reform Group (ERG). Their obessesion with leaving the E.U. has caused division and dissent not only in their own party but across the wider country. Daventry's current MP is a leading member of that group.
I think we need to Stop Brexit and instead concentrate on tackling the real issues that are causing problems for our country - in particular the Climate Emergency, the lack of affordable housing, the need for investment in education and in supporting our precious NHS.
If you would like to help my campaign you can do so in many ways:
Otherwise on this website you can find information about my past and present campaigns and my interests and views.
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Article: May 14, 2017By 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."
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, 2017By 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."
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:
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Article: May 6, 2017By 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.
Lib Dems' penny for the NHS would raise £44m Extra for the Daventry (Nene Clinical Commission Group) AreaArticle: 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.
Article: Mar 12, 2017By 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".
Article: Mar 9, 2017By Andrew Simpson
Local Lib Dem campaigners have welcomed news that funding has been secured to provide a separate pedestrian bridge in Crick parallel to the A428 over the canal by The Moorings.
This will replace the extremely dangerous, ridiculously narrow, existing footpath on the road itself.
A wooden bridge is proposed and the design is now underway. The majority of the funding (£90,000) has come from Prologis (DIRFT III) but also with contributions from Northamptonshire County Council, windfarm developers and Crick Parish Council.
Article: Mar 4, 2017By Andrew Simpson
Liberal Democrats in Daventry are calling on the Government to keep Britain in the Single Market once the country leaves the European Union. They took to the streets this Saturday to get support from Saturday shoppers in Daventry's Bowen Square for a petition to keep Britain in the SIngle Market.
The Single Market is the biggest market in the world and Liberal Democrats have warned that leaving it will put at risk jobs in Daventry and across Northamptonshire.
Article: Feb 16, 2017By Alan Knape
A new crossing is to be installed on Drayton Way which will significantly increase safety for pedestrians crossing the busy road. Currently, it is quite hazardous for members of the public walking from Middlemore to the Shops and school on Ashby Fields or the Falconers Hill, UTC and Hill schools further down Ashby Road. Residents of Middlemore have been asking for this route to be made safer for more than five years. Now that this improvement is being made it would be a good time to press the county council to increase safety on the section of Ashby Road next to the reservoir. The pavement here is close to the road, and with a speed limit of 40MPH, it can be quite worrying walking down the road when taking young children to school. However, with the current Conservative-led administration at the county council being unable to balance the books, it is unlikely anything will happen soon. Local Lib Dem focus team member Alan Knape said "While I welcome any efforts to increase safety for local residents this is five years too late. We should be thankful no one has been injured on this dangerous road. Unfortunately, it is not surprising that it has taken so long as the Conservative-led county council can barely maintain our roads, let alone make improvements to make them safer."