Alan Simpson (British politician)

Alan John Simpson (born 20 September 1948) is a British former Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nottingham South from 1992 to 2010.

Alan Simpson
Member of Parliament
for Nottingham South
In office
10 April 1992 – 12 April 2010
Preceded byMartin Brandon-Bravo
Succeeded byLilian Greenwood
Personal details
Born (1948-09-20) 20 September 1948 (age 71)
Bootle, Lancashire, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Pascale Quiviger
Alma materNottingham Trent University

Early lifeEdit

He attended Bootle Grammar School for Boys and studied economics at Trent Polytechnic. 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 eventual seat in 1987.

Parliamentary careerEdit

Simpson is on the left-wing of the Labour Party. He was a member (and latterly treasurer) of the Socialist Campaign Group of MPs and on the board of the left-wing Tribune magazine. Simpson's opinions ran counter to those of the Labour frontbench. 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 among the 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, he felt his effectiveness would be greater outside parliament campaigning for radical environmental policy changes, rather than remaining on the back benches. Another factor behind his decision was the birth in 2006 of a baby daughter with his third wife.[2]

Expenses controversyEdit

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 lifeEdit

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


  1. ^ "Labour MPs who rebelled on Iraq". BBC News. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 31 October 2006.
  2. ^ "Blair critic to stand down as MP". BBC News. 18 February 2007. Archived from the original on 20 February 2007. Retrieved 18 February 2007.
  3. ^ MPs' expenses: Labour MP Alan Simpson openly challenges Sir Thomas Legg, The Daily Telegraph, 14 October 2009

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