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Simon Dodd - Dover and Deal Parliamentary Candidate

Photograph Simon Dodd / Press Release

Simon is a solicitor specialising in competition and EU law and joined the Liberal Democrats while still at university. He is married with one daughter.

A passionate European, Simon is particularly concerned about the impact on the residents of Dover and Deal of leaving the EU without a proper trade deal. "In standing for this seat I want to protect and increase jobs and quality of life for local people," he explains.

"As a border town, Dover is threatened head-on with the practical realities of leaving the EU single market. The imposition of tariffs on goods passing to and from the continent will place an extra burden on customs officials and lorry traffic in terms of enjoying a smooth transition through the port. So far, the current Government has made no mention of this huge and expensive challenge."

Simon is also campaigning against the Conservative government's cuts to the NHS, social care and schools. "Our public services are in crisis. This is the time to start investing in the future of our country."

You can contact Simon via email on simon.dodd@eastkentcoastlibdems.org.uk

News

  • Tim Farron 2017
    Article: Jun 9, 2017
    By Tim Farron

    Speaking at the National Liberal Club on the day after the general election, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    This was the hardest of elections, marred by the tragedy of those vile terrorist attacks in Manchester and in London.

    And now the future of our country is less certain than it was when Theresa May called this election a month and a half ago.

  • Social Care Icon
    Article: Jun 5, 2017

    Conservative manifesto plans will mean the average household in Dover could be forced to pay 56% 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.

  • NHS Logo
    Article: Jun 5, 2017

    Liberal Democrats in Dover and Deal have expressed concern at recent figures published by the Health Service Journal showing the number of GP's in Kent over 55 is as high as 24.2%, the highest in the country.

    With more doctors leaving the NHS than joining it, fears are spreading that Kent could fall into crisis with older GP's approaching retirement age as demand for services increases.

  • Police icon
    Article: Jun 5, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto with plans 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.

  • Social Care Icon
    Article: Jun 5, 2017

    96% of homes in Dover could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May's so-called 'dementia tax', research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    Simon Dodd, Liberal Democrat candidate for Dover, has urged residents, irrespective of their party affiliation, to join a campaign to stop the Conservative social care plans which would saddle those with long-term illnesses with crippling care costs after their death.

  • Lib Dem school lunches image
    Article: Jun 5, 2017
    By Simon Dodd

    Up to 984 children living in poverty in Dover and Deal will have their lunches taken away under Theresa May's plans to abolish universal free school lunches for infants, Liberal Democrat research has revealed. In total 2,755 children in Dover are set to lose out under the plans.

    Those families losing out are expected to have to pay around £440 per child per year for their school lunches.

  • NHS Logo
    Article: Jun 5, 2017
    By Simon Dodd

    The NHS in Dover and Deal could lose 140 staff from the EU as a result of Theresa May's extreme version of Brexit, the Liberal Democrats have warned.

    42% of nurses and over half of all doctors from the EU are considering leaving because of Brexit, according to recent research. This means in (AREA), an estimated 140 NHS staff are at risk of leaving including 28 doctors and 74 nurses.

  • NHS Logo
    Article: May 16, 2017
    By Lib Dem Local Press Office

    Lib Dems will give £527 pay rise to nurses in Dover and Deal to address staffing shortages

    Liberal Democrats have announced they would end years of pay restraint for nurses, teachers and police in Kent by lifting the 1% cap on public sector pay and increases wages in line with inflation.

    Under Liberal Democrat plans, the 14,863 teachers working in Kent would get an average pay rise of £885 by 2021, while the 3,193 police working for Kent Police would see their pay boosted by £471.

  • Cranes on a building site
    Article: May 15, 2017
    By Lib Dem Local Press Office

    The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in Dover and build more affordable homes. There are currently 2,076 families in Dover on a waiting list for council homes.

    In addition, official figures show 624 homes in Dover 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.

  • Lib Dem Save Marines Image
    Article: May 15, 2017
    By Lib Dem Local Press Office

    On the same day that the Liberal Democrats have announced a manifesto commitment to the NATO 2% defence spending target, former party Leader Paddy Ashdown has launched a petition to stop further cuts to the Royal Marines in which he served.

    Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said,

    'In an uncertain and volatile world, it's our Armed Forces that keep us safe and allow us to play our part in creating a more stable international community.

You can contact Simon via email on simon.dodd@eastkentcoastlibdems.org.uk