Paul Wray has been chosen as Labour’s candidate for Adel and Wharfedale Ward in the Leeds City Council elections in May.
Paul is Leeds through and through. He was born on a council estate in West Leeds and went to the local comprehensive, Wortley High School, where he has been told he was the first openly gay student! He’s employed as an education-based energy efficiency advisor – a job he loves for the opportunity it gives him to help the most vulnerable, in this case helping them take control of their energy bills.
Life hasn’t always been easy for Paul. As a child of the 1980’s he’s been forced to move from job to job – from a bakery company, to the shop floor, to work at a Call centre – made redundant twice before the age of 24. Paul has certainly experienced the sharp end of working life in modern Britain, and it’s something which gives him real understanding of the plight of many of our young people.
Paul’s politics are rooted in his experiences. As he puts it
‘I have benefited from free education, health care and security.
When I was attacked many years ago, it was the police that came to see if I was OK, an NHS that mended me.
That same free education service which gave me my chances, gave all these people the skills they needed to help me.’
Paul is standing for Council because of his commitment to the public services Labour created and sustained – to defend those services from further Tory attacks.
For him the local election in 2016 is an opportunity to do two things – to retain a Labour Council here in Leeds which will fight to protect services, and to send a warning message to the Tories at Westminster. Our public services are the heart of our society; we need to make it clear that the Tory attack on them through unnecessary austerity must stop.
You can contact Paul
By email – firstname.lastname@example.org
You can follow him and his campaign
– on Twitter -@PaulWrayUK
– on Facebook – /Paul Wray for Adel and Wharfedale
You can see all he’s been doing in the local communities on his website http://www.paulforadelandwharfedale.co.uk – where you can also ‘Have your say’ on local issues which concern you.