Simon helped set up Brighton's radio station, which is now Juice FM, jointly owned local leisure business C-Side with partner Martin Webb (now a TV presenter and Telegraph columnist) and was involved in campaigning for City status for Brighton & Hove.
Simon has been a lifelong supporter of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and still finds time to watch them occasionally.
Simon is married to Elizabeth and has six children. Simon was born in Sussex in 1964 and has lived for nearly all of his life in the local area.
Simon was elected to represent the people of Kemptown in 1992 on East Sussex County Council.
He was a representative for Ovingdean, Rottingdean and Saltdean on both Brighton Borough and Brighton and Hove City Councils. He has been a School Governor at a number of schools during the past 20 years.
Simon stood down as a Cabinet member on East Sussex County Council in 2009 to concentrate full time on winning back the parliamentary seat in Brighton Kemptown.
He was elected to represent Brighton Kemptown in Parliament in 2010.
Simon is the Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV/AIDS.
Campaigning in Brighton Kemptown
Simon is campaigning for sensible development policies in the constituency and is opposed to the proposals to redevelop the Marina with large scale housing schemes.
He is campaigning on LGBT rights and for clear rules for moving on travellers who settle on unauthorised sites.
Simon has taken up the cause of reviewing the points system for genuine overseas students and is working hard to represent effectively a diverse and spread out constituency.