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Cllr David Simmonds CBE

David Simmonds was elected Conservative MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner in December 2019. He has been active in local politics in the constituency as Deputy Leader of Hillingdon Council since 2002. He has led on education and children’s services and overseen the progress of the borough in raising standards for children, with over 90% of schools now good or outstanding (OFSTED) and every child able to get a local school place.

His national work has included leading the Conservatives at the Local Government Association, chairing the LGA Children and Young People Board from 2011 to 2015 and the Improvement and Innovation Board 2015 to 2016. As Chairman of the Asylum and Refugee Task Group he led the political work with government developing the Syrian resettlement programme and the National Transfer Scheme to support refugee children.

In Parliament, David serves as a Chair, Co-Chair, or Vice-Chair on several All Party Parliamentary Groups, including: the APPGs on Heathrow Expansion and Regional Connectivity; London; Housing and Planning; Refugees; and Migration. He is also a member of the Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights, as well as a former member of the Education Select Committee.

David’s professional background is in finance, where he worked for high street banks after qualifying with the Chartered Institute of Insurers in 1997. David was born in Kent and educated at a comprehensive school in Pontypridd, then at Durham University and Birkbeck. He was awarded a CBE in the 2015 Birthday Honours List.