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Monday, 21 October, 2002, 17:30 GMT 18:30 UK
Sion Simon

Date of birth

23 December 1968

Political profile

Sion Simon, like several Labour MPs, is a journalist. But few, however, have a resume quite like his.

An associate editor of Conservative journal The Spectator (edited by Tory MP Boris Johnson), he also had regular contracts with the Daily Telegraph and News of the World - neither organs renowned for their support for Labour.

Nonetheless, he espoused a very loyal line to the Labour government throughout its first term and was selected for the safe seat of Birmingham Erdington, where he grew up.

He pledged soon after his election to fight to bring the new national stadium to the city.

He caused controversy in April 2002, when he was quoted in a magazine saying that developing a political specialism was "not really me, so I'm writing a fiction book and planning a political book".

He suffers from choroideremia, an eye condition which is slowly causing him to go blind.

Contact

Constituency office 0121 373 1147

daviesjd@parliament.uk

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