Lib Dems announce parliamentary candidate for Houghton and Sunderland South

The Wearside branch of the Liberal Democrats have announced Paul Edgeworth as their candidate in the Houghton and Sunderland South constituency at the next general election.

Thursday, 5th September 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Thursday, 5th September 2019, 11:45 am
Paul Edgeworth has been named as the Lib Dem candidate in the Houghton and Sunderland South constituency.

Mr Edgeworth, 31, was born and brought up in Sunderland and currently lives in Ashbrooke.

He is a former pupil of both Southmoor Comprehensive School and St Robert of Newminster in Washington. He has worked at several places across the city, including at the Saltgrass and Kings Arms pubs in Deptford, the Stadium of Light, the Fusion call centre at Castletown and at Royal Mail at Doxford International Business Park.

Mr Edgeworth currently works as campaigns manager for the consumer organisation CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), working with volunteers, communities and organisations to look after local pubs and their customers.

Labour's Bridget Phillipson has been Houghton and Sunderland South MP since 2010.

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