Siôn Simon

Campaigning for the West Midlands in Europe

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Social Investment in Cities

Social Investment in Cities

On a panel at a EuroCities event on the EU Social Investment Package this morning, I stressed the importance of our cities and regions acquiring more power through devolution. Compared to our European counterparts our scope to solve our own local problems is limited compared to cities such as Barcelona. Only then will we be...
Visitors from the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha

Visitors from the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha

It was great to have a delegation from the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha from the Soho Road in Birmingham at the European Parliament today. I grew up in Handsworth and have seen the temple grow and become an essential part of the West Midlands community. Really hope they enjoyed the trip to Brussels.
Enterprise Rent A Car

Enterprise Rent A Car

Today I met John from Enterprise Rent a Car at my office here in Brussels. Enterprise Rent a Car have recently signed up to the Birmingham Living Wage and are still to this day a family run business. We discussed the illegal practice of some car rental companies charging fee for a full tank of...
Visit to East End Foods

Visit to East End Foods

This morning I went to visit the fantastic East End Foods depot in Aston and was given a tour of the site by company director Jason Wouhra. It’s great to see big businesses set up and thrive here in the West Midlands and exporting throughout the world. During my time in the European Parliament I...
UpRising Panel

UpRising Panel

I had the great privilege this evening of being on the panel along with with Birmingham City Council’s Policy Executive Tony Smith for one of UpRising Birmingham leadership sessions. The UpRising is a UK youth leadership development programme aimed at creating the next generation of diverse young leaders by equipping them with the relevant skills...
Phoning for Kingstanding By Election

Phoning for Kingstanding By Election

This evening a team of volunteers including Birmingham Councillor John Clancy we’re hard at it on the phones for the Kingstanding ward by-election in Birmingham. Engaging voters about the Labour Party messages both nationally and locally such as the ‘Standing up for Birmingham’ campaign and fighting to scrap the unjust bedroom tax, which has hit...
Fighting the Bedroom Tax

Fighting the Bedroom Tax

Today I was joined by over 25 volunteers who came out to the key West Midlands target seat of Birmingham Yardley to support PPC Jess Phillips in order to deliver leaflets to those personally affected by the viscous Bedroom Tax. In Yardley alone around 1300 residents have been hit by this Tory-led governments policy. The...
Ed Miliband Event

Ed Miliband Event

Today I attended a West Midlands Labour party members event in Birmingham to listen to Labour leader Ed Miliband talk extensively about a range of polices and reforms as we head towards coming elections. In a free flowing Q&A session Ed spoke eloquently about social justice and wealth creation, with a heart wrenching case being...
Chamber of Commerce Panel Event

Chamber of Commerce Panel Event

Today I was on a panel with Jerry Blackett, Chief Executive of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Group, Katie Teasdale, Director of Strategy, Tory MEP Anthea McIntyre and Lib Dem MEP Phil Bennion. The theme of the event was how the West Midlands MEPs can help the regions business community get more out of...
Campaigning on the Soho Road

Campaigning on the Soho Road

Today I was out in the cold with a fantastic team from across the region supporting Sharon Thompson, our Labour candidate for the 2014 election in the Soho Ward for Birmingham City Council. Along with engaging with voters we also promoted Ed Miliband’s plan to freeze energy prices if elected, and the support was overwhelmingly...
Campaigning in Northfield

Campaigning in Northfield

Today I spent a great few hours campaigning in Northfield Birmingham, supporting local council candidates, getting people to sign a petition on Ed Miliband’s energy price freeze and spreading my European Parliament campaign message of jobs and growth for the West Midlands. All were very well received. In the morning a large group of us...
Discussing Young People’s Issues

Discussing Young People’s Issues

This evening I met many passionate young people at the University of Birmingham where we discussed a number of issues affecting young people, most notably tuition fees and Michael Gove’s education policies. It was an excellent opportunity to hear directly from young people about how this Tory-led government’s policies had impacted on both their and...

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