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Interview: Simon Hughes, Lib Dem candidate for Bermondsey & Old Southwark

James Hatts

Simon Hughes faces the toughest challenge to retain his seat since he entered Parliament as Bermondsey's MP in 1983. James Hatts met him this week to discuss the campaign.

Simon Hughes
Simon Hughes welcoming Nick Clegg to Elephant & Castle last month

Listen to the full interview above.

On joining the coalition: "It was the right decision to go into Government to deliver the things I thought were important."

On the 2014 Southwark elections: "We lost some very valuable councillors and that's a regret."

On the state of play in Bermondsey & Old Southwark: "We're working on the basis that it's very close but we're working on the basis that we are just ahead."

On who is funding his campaign: "The most significant donor on a regular basis has been James Palumbo and the Ministry of Sound."

On the £60,000 donation from the founder of Alpha hospitals: "I have never spoken to them about their business and promoting their business. I would not think it appropriate to do so."

On why he wants to win: "The reason my opponent does not deserve to be elected is that for five years he has been in a council which ... has acted against the interests of people in the north of the borough on a regular basis."

On taking a peerage if he loses his seat: "I don't believe in an unelected House of Lords so I won't go there."

Other candidates in Bermondsey & Old Southwark

James has interviewed 8 of the 9 candidates in Bermondsey & Old Southwark. See also
Kingsley Abrams (TUSC & Left Unity)
Andrew Beadle (UKIP)
Neil Coyle (Labour)
JP Floru (Conservative)
Steve Freeman (Republican Socialist)
Lucy Hall (Independent)
William Lavin (Green)

Donald Cole of the All People's Party did not respond to a request for an interview

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