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Alan Simpson MP

Member of Parliament
for Nottingham South
Assumed office 
9 April 1992
Preceded by Martin Brandon-Bravo
Majority 7,486 (21.5%)

Born 20 September 1948 (1948-09-20) (age 61)
Bootle, Liverpool, UK
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Pascale Quiviger
Alma mater Nottingham Trent University

Alan John Simpson (born 20 September 1948) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Nottingham South since 1992.


Early life

He attended Bootle Grammar School for Boys (now called Bootle High School) and studied economics at Trent Polytechnic (now Nottingham Trent University). He was President of the Student Union from 1969-70. After graduating in 1972, he became a community worker, being Assistant General Secretary of the Nottingham Council of Voluntary Service from 1970-4, and worked on an anti-vandalism project from 1974-8. He later became a research officer for the city's Racial Equality Council from 1979-92.

He joined the Labour Party in 1973 and was elected a county councillor in 1985. He first contested his seat in 1987 and has held it since.

Parliamentary career

Simpson is on the left-wing of the Labour Party, a member (and currently treasurer) of the Socialist Campaign Group and on the board of the left-wing Tribune magazine. Simpson's views have been in opposition to those of the leadership of his party. In the mid-1990s, he led the campaign to retain the original wording of Clause IV, and later established the "Labour Against the War" group, which opposes the Afghan war and occupation of Iraq.

On 31 October 2006, Simpson was one of 12 Labour MPs to back Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party's call for an inquiry into the Iraq War.[1]

On 18 February 2007 Simpson announced his intention to stand down at the next General Election. In a letter to his constituency party members, the MP said that he would be more effective campaigning for radical environmental change outside parliament, rather than remaining on the back benches. Another factor behind his decision is the birth last year of a baby daughter from his third marriage.[2]

Expenses controversy

Simpson has been asked to pay back £500 that he has been accused of over-claiming in cleaning bills by the auditor of MPs' expenses Sir Thomas Legg. Legg has been openly challenged by Simpson who refuses to return the money. Simpson threatened to take Legg to court over this matter.[3]

Personal life

He married Pascale Quiviger in July 2005 at Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of Lord Byron. She is a French-Canadian author and painter and they have a baby daughter born January 2006. He has two sons and a daughter from a previous marriage.


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