Paul Welton Announced as Lib Dem Candidate for Portishead East By-Election

The North Somerset Liberal Democrats have announced Paul Welton as their candidate for the Portishead East By-Election. Mr Paul Welton works in the supported living housing sector, and he is a keen local historian, administering the popular ‘Portishead Past’ online community. 

Mr Welton said: “After years of irresponsible Conservative management of the council, North Somerset Lib Dems are now investing in improving Portishead and our vital local services. We live in a beautiful area and it is important that we protect our natural environment and improve our built one. We want better infrastructure in the town to improve access to jobs and services, and to tackle congestion and pollution.”
Paul cares a lot about investing in Portishead’s culture, heritage, and infrastructure alongside creating a fairer, greener, and more caring future for all.
Paul is the first Deaf and British Sign Language speaking candidate to stand in North Somerset. He has been trying to get North Somerset Council to provide British Sign Language interpretation and Subtitling in its videos since 2020. Bristol City Council, his workplace, already invests in this essential accessibility feature.
He said: “When elected, I will be one of the few elected Deaf and British Sign Language using Councillors in the country. From first-hand experience, I know that the Council doesn’t currently have accessible facilities and services. I would seek to change that for the benefit of all North Somerset residents in the way that only someone with the lived experience of being constantly excluded can. I am really proud to be a Deaf candidate running for election, with your vote we can make history together for residents in Portishead East.”

Cllr Sue Mason, the Chair of the North Somerset Liberal Democrats said: “I am delighted that Portishead East has such a strong candidate in Paul Welton. Paul’s work in supported housing, local community involvement, and his lived experience put him in an ideal place to champion the needs of Portishead East.”
Have a look at Paul's Facebook Page and Website - don't forget to give them a share!
  • You can donate toward's Paul's Election Campaign here.
  • You can help out by phoning up residents, helping out with clerical work, and when lockdown measures reduce, knocking on doors in a covid secure manner, delivering leaflets and delivering posters to residents across Portishead East.
  • Email [email protected] to get involved, and support Paul and his fantastic by-election campaign

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