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Brighton, Kemptown (House of Commons)
Mr Simon Kirby MP (Conservative)
Surgery: 370 South Coast Road
Surgery Tel: 01273 589178
MP Since - 2010 Majority - 1,328 Born - 22/12/1964. Married (Elizabeth), 4 sons, 2 daughters).
Education - Hastings Grammar School. Open University (BSc Mathematical Modelling).
Previous Occupation - Has run several Brighton businesses, including C-Side (a leisure company owning pubs, clubs and a gymnasium in Brighton).
Personal Overview - Is a successful and well known Brighton businessman, having co-founded leisure company C-Side in 1993, which was later sold for £15m in 2001, at the time it had 28 pubs in Brighton, employing a large number of people. Also has political experience as a long serving Councillor at both a County and City level. As a portfolio holder for Regeneration at East Sussex County Council he was involved in attracting funding into Newhaven. Was also involved in setting up the Brighton radio station 'Juice FM' and was active in the successful local campaign for City status for Brighton.
Political History - Councillor, Brighton Borough Council and Brighton & Hove Council (1996-99). Councillor, Mid Sussex District Council (1999-2001). Councillor, East Sussex County Council (Kemptown ward) (1992-93, 2005-2009), former Cabinet member for Regeneration. MP Brighton Kemptown (2010-). Member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (2010-12). Member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee (2010-11). Member of the Administration Select Committee (2011-12). PPS to Rt Hon. Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and Tourism (2012-13), as Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2013-).
Characteristics - Supports Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. Has been a school governor in Telscombe Cliffs.
Business Tel: 020 7219 3000
Interests: Business & Finance,Health,Leisure Industry,Local Government
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infertility (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Leisure Group (Vice Chairman)
- All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group (Member)
- Thameslink Route Group (Member)
- United Kingdom Falkland Islands Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary British-Latin America Group (Member)
South East (European Parliament)
Mr Keith Taylor MEP (Green)
MEP Since - 2010 Born - 01/08/1953. Partner (Lizzie).
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Worked in sales (1972-1980). Self-employed/Co-Director of a local business (1980-1999). Regional Liaison Officer for Caroline Lucas MEP (2002-2007).
Personal Overview - Replaced the outgoing Caroline Lucas here in June 2010 after she was successful in her bid to become the Green party's first MP at Westminster. He is an experienced Councillor, having led the Green Group in Brighton for a number of years. He has also shown an interest in foreign affairs issues, as a Councillor was active in campaigning to secure the release of Brighton resident Omar Degayes from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He has also been involved in High Court action supporting families with Autistic children. Within the party, he has been a spokesperson on planning and regeneration as well as a Principal Speaker at the time when the party had not adopted a single leader. He has also been involved in policy development with the party election manifesto. Locally, he he is likely to have gained a good knowledge of his electoral region through his work for his predecessor.
Political History - Councillor, Brighton and Hove City Council (1999-2010). Green Group Leader (2001-08). Chair, Association of Green Councillors (2001-2002). Principal Speaker for the Green Party of England & Wales (2004-2006). Regeneration Spokesperson (2008-10). MEP South East Region (2010-). Member of the Afghanistan Delegation (2010-), Substitute member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (2010-) and the Iran Delegation (2010-). Member of the International Trade Committee (2010-) and the Transport and Tourism Committee (2010-). Substitute member of the Petitions Committee (2010-).
Other Information - Has been a Vice President of the UKs Local Government Association Group in the European Parliament. Former representative for Brighton and Hove on the UN Peace Messenger City project and a City representative to the Local Government Association.
Intergroups - Member of the LGBT Rights Group.
Business Tel: +32 (0)2 28 45153
Interests: Environment,Economic Regeneration,Womans Issues,Regional Policy,Conservation
- Petitions (Substitute)
- Transport & Tourism (Member)
- International Trade (Member)
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