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Brexit Party Candidate for Leeds Central Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas

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Paul Thomas is an officer worker and Holbeck resident, who has lived and worked in Leeds for over 30 years.

In addition to his daytime job, for the last 10 years Paul has been prominent on Leeds’ public discussion scene organising public debate on politics, science and culture. In addition, Paul is passionate about education and has been involved in organising and running school debating competitions in the UK and internationally, and runs his own annual debating competition in Leeds for years 10 & 11 pupils, as well as many other debating events schools and colleges in Leeds and West Yorkshire.

Paul is a lifelong trade-unionist, and has been a trade union rep. He also writes for a Leeds-based blog promoting Leeds as “a city of debate”, and in defence of free speech in the city.

Paul Thomas is an officer worker and Holbeck resident, who has lived and worked in Leeds for over 30 years.

Leeds Central is a 45.96% Leave area and is very winnable now.

In the last parliamentary election the winner was Hilary Benn Labour Hold (49.7% majority) MP Turnout 53.2% (Total electorate: 89537)

The results were

Hilary Benn LAB 33,453 70.2% +15.2
Gareth Davies CON 9,755 20.5% +3.2
Bill Palfreman UKI 2,056 4.3% -11.4
Ed Carlisle GRE 1,189 2.5% -5.4
Andy Nash LIB 1,063 2.2% -1.2
Oth OTH 157 0.3%
Last four MPs
2017 Hilary Benn LABOUR
2015 Hilary Benn LABOUR
2010 Hilary Benn LABOUR

Hilary Benn's voting record.

Caroline Flint’s voting in Parliament

Caroline Flint is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.

However, Caroline Flint sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

We have lots more plain English analysis of Caroline Flint’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Caroline Flint’s full vote analysis page for more.

Caroline Flint has quite often rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

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Labour for Don Valley

Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election

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Caroline Flint campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 21 Oct 2019.

1. Employment and earnings

Payments from the BBC, New Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA:

20 October 2018, received £350 for appearance on This Week on 18 October June 2018. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 29 October 2018)

20 November 2018, received £150 for appearance on Any Questions on 26 October 2018. Hours: 12 hrs. (Registered 19 December 2018)

2 February 2019, received £350 for appearance on This Week on 24 January 2019. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 28 February 2019)

11 December 2018, received £2,000 from the Right Address Ltd, The Studio, 10a Athelstan Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP3 9QE, for a speaking engagement on 1 November 2018. Hours: 15 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2018)

Payments from the Guardian Media Group, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9GU:

4 January 2019, received £200 for an article published in the Observer on 16 January 2019. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 05 March 2019)

24 January 2019, received £100 for an article published in Guardian online 19 January 2019. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 05 March 2019)

14 February 2019, received £156.06 for an article published in the Guardian on 20 January 2019. Hours: no additional hours. (Registered 05 March 2019)

22 February 2019, received £210 from the Telegraph Media Group Ltd, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0DT, for an article published on 6 May 2018. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 05 March 2019)

25 May 2019, received £150 from ComRes, Four Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, for surveys in February and March 2019. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 24 June 2019)

9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses

I employ my husband, Phil Cole, as Office Manager.

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