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Paul Edgeworth - Houghton and Sunderland South

Houghton & Sunderland South constituency covers: Houghton, Hetton, Easington Lane, Fencehouses, East Rainton, Shiney Row, Penshaw, Doxford, Silksworth, Tunstall, Herrington, Farringdon, Lakeside, Gilley Law, Grindon, Springwell, Thorney Close, Hastings Hill and Plains Farm (South).

Paul EdgeworthPaul was born and raised in Sunderland and is a proud Mackem. He attended Southmoor comprehensive School in Sunderland as well as St Roberts in Washington.

He has worked at several places across Sunderland including at the Saltgrass and Kings Arms pubs, the Stadium of Light and for Royal Mail at Doxford International Business Park. He currently works as Campaigns Manager for consumer organisation CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) which works to protect and promote quality real ale and community pubs.

In this role he works with volunteers, communities and organisations to secure changes in the law and to get support from the Government and local councils to help keep well-run local pubs open, alive and thriving.

Over the past few years Paul has been involved in Liberal Democrat campaigns across Wearside, fighting to save vital services like libraries, street cleaning, regular bin collections and lollipop men and women.

Along with local Lib Dem councillors Heather Fagan, Stephen O'Brien and Margaret Crosby he has also campaigned to stop shameful wasteful spending by Labour-run Sunderland Council - such as inflated councillor allowances, all-you-can-eat buffet meals for councillors after meetings and extortionate pay-offs for senior staff. Paul believes that this money should be invested in decent local services for communities - instead it is being wasted by Labour councillors at Sunderland Civic Centre whilst local Labour MPs do nothing about it.

Paul feels that for too long Labour MPs for communities on Wearside have been allowed to get away with doing next to nothing instead of fighting for jobs, investment and improvements for Sunderland.

Houghton, Hetton and Sunderland desperately need a strong Liberal Democrat opposition voice standing up for local people against a heartless Conservative Government and against decades of complacency and neglect from local Labour MPs and councillors.

Email: paul.edgeworth@gmail.com
Facebook: @WearsideLiberalDemocrats
Twitter: @pauledgeworth
Website: www.wearsidelibdems.org.uk

News and campaigns

  • Lib Dem campaigner Paul Edgeworth at the Hastings Hill subway
    Article: Jun 3, 2020
    By Paul Edgeworth

    The notorious Hastings Hill subway under the A183 dual carriageway in Sunderland is finally being upgraded after years of complaints from residents - just in time for a new ALDI supermarket opening on 11th June.

    Upgrade works have begun on infamous underpass beneath the A183 Chester Road.The Hastings Hill subway links the former Dewhirst site at Pennywell with Grindon and Hastings Hill estates on the south side of the road.

  • Paul Edgeworth, Lib Dem campaigner for Grindon and Thorney Close
    Article: Mar 11, 2020
    By Paul Edgeworth

    Reacting to the announcement in today's Budget that the government will relocate 22,000 civil service jobs outside of central London, Lib Dem campaigner for Grindon and Thorney Close Paul Edgeworth said:

    "Moving high quality civil service jobs out of central London is absolutely the right thing to do - but the Government must realise that the North doesn't stop at Manchester and that bringing these jobs to Sunderland would be a huge game changer for our city's prosperity, in a way that moving them to Manchester, Leeds or even Newcastle just wouldn't for those places.

  • Lib Dem councillor Stephen O'Brien and Lib Dem campaigner Paul Edgeworth at Tay Road, between Thorney Close and Grindon
    Article: Nov 27, 2019
    By Stephen O'Brien

    Motorists on Tay Road, which links Grindon and Thorney Close estates, had glass bottles and rocks thrown at their vehicles by a group of young people last night (26th November).

    A local councillor is urging anyone with information about those responsible for attacks on people driving between two Sunderland estates to contact the police.

  • Stephen O'Brien at the Stadium of Light
    Article: Nov 20, 2019
    By Stephen O'Brien

    Safe standing campaigners on Wearside have welcomed a commitment in the Liberal Democrats manifesto published today (20th November) to introduce safe standing at football grounds in England.

    The Liberal Democrats manifesto for the General Election on 12th December has been published today, and includes a commitment to "move towards introducing 'safe standing' at football clubs, requiring the Sports Grounds Safety Authority to prepare guidance for implementing this change."