General Election 2010
Rochdale born and bred, Paul Rowen is fighting to bring local jobs, support local businesses and bring real investment to our town.
13 years of Labour has hit Rochdale hard and it’s local people who are suffering the consequences with record unemployment and the biggest recession since the 1930’s.
Paul entered parliament in 2005 when he was elected to represent Rochdale.
Since then he has been Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Spokesman and Shadow Works and Pensions Spokesman and also a member of the influential Public Administration Committee.
Paul was educated locally before going to Nottingham University to study Chemistry and Geology.
He taught in Nottingham for three years before returning to the North West. Prior to his election, Paul was Deputy Head of Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College, Bradford.
Paul became involved in politics with the Liberals as a Young Liberal in 1972 when he helped get Sir Cyril Smith elected to parliament.
He was first elected to Rochdale Council in 1983 and represented Brimrod, later Milkstone and Deeplish Ward, for 23 years.
In the last 5 years Paul has campaigned against the Government’s axing of Rochdale Infirmary’s A&E, Maternity and Children’s Unit, against tuition fees, against the closure of our Post Offices and against the illegal war in Iraq.
He was also influential in bringing Metrolink to Rochdale Town Centre, securing Rochdale’s New Sixth Form College and its new transport interchange.