Dr. Simon Opher has been a local GP for 30 years and Chairs the Stroud Locality NHS. In his time as a GP he has first hand experience of how disparities in income affects peoples’ lives. In Stroud, the wealthiest people live, on average, more than nine years longer than the poorest. The solution to this, he says, isn’t medical – it’s political.

In July 2024, the Stroud Parliamentary Constituency elected Simon Opher as its Member of Parliament.

Simon has worked tirelessly with partners to improve the health of local people. In recognition of this he was awarded the MBE in 2016. Since then, his leadership in the delivery of the Covid vaccination programme in Dursley, has been considered by many to be inspirational.

Speaking of the constituency, Simon says:

“I love this area because it is a combination of lots of things that really matter to me. People genuinely care and try to look out for each other – community roots grow deep right across the constituency. At the same time we have cutting-edge industry, a strong sense of fairness and social justice, radical and innovative views on the environment and a rich history of creativity.”

The voters I meet every day inspire and encourage me more than I thought possible. A Labour win this year will give people across the Stroud district hope. My priorities are the economy, environment, health, housing, transport, education. Dr. Simon Opher
Dr. Simon Opher
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