Hi, I'm Paul and I am delighted to have been selected as the Conservative Candidate for Southampton Test on June 8th.
Having lived in Southampton for most of my working life, I know what a great place Southampton is. But there are also real challenges that confront the city. We need more investment in our schools and local health services, more jobs and training opportunities for young people and we also need to do more to support our local businesses and attract investment into Southampton. This forms the heart of my plan for Southampton. I'm passionate about public service and know that I have the experience to deliver for the city if I was elected as your MP.
I first came to Southampton in 2006 as a student at Southampton University and fell in love with the area like so many others before me. In 2008, I was elected as a City Councillor for the Redbridge Ward on Southampton City Council. Not long after that, I was asked by the Leader of the Council to look after Southampton's schools and services for Young People. This was a job I relished as I'm a strong believer in the power of education to give people the best start in life. During this time, I was proud to authorise the rebuilding of schools in Freemantle, Lordshill, Redbridge and Shirley. We also oversaw a significant improvement in the school results in Southampton.
Most recently I have been working in London as a senior adviser to a Cabinet Minister, giving me first hand experience at the top of Government. I want Southampton to get the best deal possible from Brexit as well as securing the investment we need in our schools and our hospitals and I am the candidate to deliver that.