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Rising From Local to National Campaigner - 5 things to know about David:

davidcandidateHe is an experienced parliamentary candidate fighting against both Labour and the Tories: David stood for Lewisham East in 1997 and 2001. No one wanted to stand there. David took the opportunity to build up stronger Liberal Democrat profile in the constituency by setting a clear strategy. He identified five potential council wards in spite of Liberal Democrats holding only one ward for too many years. He recruited more volunteers, FOCUS deliverers, new members, raised money to pay professional deliverers to cover three wards. From 1997 to 2006, Liberal Democrats councillors were increased from 3 to 17. At the last General Election (2010), Liberal Democrats came SECOND in Lewisham East!

He is an experienced councillor fighting against both Labour and the Tories: David was elected as a Borough Councillor in 1990 (Southwark) and in 2007 (Epsom & Ewell), he gained a seat from Labour that held the seat since the War with only a 70 votes majority! Local residents saw him working throughout the year, doing lots of street surgeries, campaigning on their behalf, attending local residents meetings, delivering regular FOCUS, setting up local e-news to keep them regularly informed....

He is an experienced national leader and campaigner, currently Chief Executive of a national charity. For the last eighteen years he has worked in local government and charity senior management: Senior Strategic Commissioning Manager for Disabilities and HIV/AIDS (£12m a year), Regional Operations Manager for SCOPE overseeing care homes and disability services (120 staff, £3m a year) and Fundraising Director (£1m a year). David has a proven passion for local government and voluntary sectors, he values the everyday positive impact on the old and young as well as disabled people. His developed and refined management skills through working in education, health and social care are fundamental in his ability to lead and inspire his colleagues.

He is disabled. David is well known in the national disability and deaf movement. In the recent DNS Influence Index of Most Influential people in the UK with a disability, David is one of top 100, recognition of his progressive impact on politics and policy throughout the world and through his many years of service. His international work has involved visits to many countries including South Africa and Eastern European countries where he uses international sign language. Over his lifetime he has seen injustice, inequality and discrimination across the world and this drives him to make positive and fair change.

He is working in London. David works all his life in London, currently at Holloway Road. David lived most of his life in London: Ladbroke Grove and Holland Park (from age of 0 to 20), Southwark (from age of 20 to 31), Lewisham (from age of 31 to 40) and now in Epsom. If selected as PPC, he will consider to move back to West London again. He knows the West London area, including Hampstead and Kilburn, from his childhood and as a young adult, his aunt (ex editor of the Evening Standard and ex deputy editor of Daily Mail) still living in Hampstead.

David and Paddy

David discussing policy issues with Paddy Ashdown

David Buxton set up Liberal Democrats Disability Association in 1991 after a few years as one of Paddy Ashdown's disability advisers. This grew from 4 to 175 plus members.

An experienced councillor, candidate and campaigner

  • Parliamentary Candidate: Lewisham East, 1997 and 2001
  • London Assembly Candidate: Greenwich and Lewisham 2000
  • Borough Councillor: 1990/94 (LB Southwark) and 2007/11 (Epsom & Ewell)
  • Founder of Liberal Democrats Disability Association, now 21 years running
  • Well known national disability and deaf campaigner for over 30 years
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a national charity
  • Co-chair of Liberal Democrats General Election Disability Policy Group
  • Policy adviser to Paddy Ashdown, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on disability matters.
  • Worked for the local government and voluntary senior management sectors for 18 years as Chief Executive, Regional Director, Fundraising Director and Health & Social Care Senior Commissioning Manager.
  • Successful fundraiser and organiser.
  • Enjoys youth, voluntary, community and church activities, especially editing Go! Sign magazine for 18 years and empowering disabled and deaf young people to lead their lives.
  • Studied Masters in Business Administration at Open University

Friend and colleague Stephen Lloyd MP has worked with David and was ranked #77 alongside him in the DNS Influence Index.