"I'm proud and excited to be Labour's candidate for Orpington. If elected I will do the best job I can to represent all the people of Orpington." Simon Jeal - Labour Candidate for Orpington
Simon Jeal - Labour Candidate for Orpington

Active Local Councillor:

As a Labour Councillor, I continue to help challenge Bromley’s Conservatives on their poor decisions, lack of innovation and short-sighted determination to put profit before the needs of local residents.

Working inside and outside the council, I am determined to continue supporting local people, putting Labour values of equality, fairness and community into action.

Brexit: 

Brexit continues to be a hugely divisive issue for our country and our community.
Labour is offering a final say, giving people the choice between Brexit and the option to remain in the EU.

I would vote and campaign for Remain in such a vote.

Climate Emergency:

I was thrilled that Labour passed motions supporting a Green New Deal at our policy making conference this year. For months I have been supporting the youth climate strikes, campaigning for urgent action to protect our planet.

My amendment calling for Bromley to declare a climate emergency was rejected by the Conservatives. I continue to support campaigners and am fully committed as a councillor and would-be MP to take the action necessary in targeting zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Period Poverty: 

Working with fellow Labour councillor Marina Ahmad, assisted local activists with their efforts to end period poverty in Bromley.

Following their Bromley first period poverty summit, we continue to support their work to provide free sanitary products through dispensers and develop a menstruation education scheme rolled out in the borough’s secondary schools.

Dedicated to supporting those in need across the borough:

As a team leader and volunteer for Bromley Homeless Shelter, I oversee a team of volunteers and help provide food and a safe place to sleep for those who would otherwise be out on streets around Bromley and Orpington over the winter.

I’m also a Trustee of small local charity Bromley Relief in Need, we assist those most in need by providing small amounts for people in need around Bromley, to purchase essential goods like washing machines, beds & fridges. Like many charities, we have struggled to keep up with increased demand caused by this Government’s Austerity policies and the rollout of universal credit.

About me:

I grew up in a small village near Ely in Cambridgeshire, attending City of Ely Community College and then Hills Road Sixth Form, after which going on to study Law at Aberystwyth University.

I moved to London for work after graduating, starting work in the customer services call centre of a small online stockbroker called Selftrade and then moving into Compliance. I’m now a senior compliance consultant in the Asset Management business of an international custodian bank, with a focus on market abuse surveillance, regulatory reporting, monitoring conflicts of interest and other ethics requirements.

 ge2019@orpingtonlabour.org.uk

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