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Twenty years with Simon Hughes

Week-long celebrations marking Simon Hughes' 20 years as an MP have been launched at the House of Commons.

Broadcaster Fergal Keane was among those who spoke at a reception held in the House of Commons.

Simon Hughes became MP for North Southwark & Bermondsey at a by-election in February 1983 when Michael Foot was Labour Leader and Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister. The Labour candidate who was expected to win was Peter Tatchell, now known for his campaign against President Mugabe.

There will be a variety performance to celebrate life in Southwark over the 20 years on Friday 28 February at Shakespeare's Globe. The entertainment begins at 7pm and admission is by donation at the door.

The celebrations end on Sunday 2 March with a Thanksgiving Service for North Southwark & Bermondsey at Southwark Cathedral starting at 4.45pm.

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