Local businessman Paul Walker is planning to make further Yorkshire Party’s inroads in East Yorkshire by standing as a candidate in the Bridlington North by-election, next month.
In the May local elections, Bridlington candidates Tim Norman and Andy Walker started to shake-up local politics when they won in the Bridlington South ward of East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Now Paul is battling hard to join them in the council chamber after the poll on Thursday, July 11.
Paul was born in Bridlington and has always lived and worked in Yorkshire. Since 1989, he has lived in Bridlington – he says there is no greater place in which to bring up children.
Five years ago, Paul formed a co-op style company to build affordable homes and provide well-paid jobs to local people (more than 90% of the employees came from the local area).
“I believe everyone in Bridlington, Sewerby and Flamborough deserves to succeed.
“Bridlington North councillors say they are for the people in their ward, yet they approved the absurd move for the coach park, creating traffic chaos through residential areas and spoiling the beautiful cliff tops.
“They blocked vital environmental protection for the very people they were voted in to take care of.
“They have towed the Tory party line at county hall in Beverley, at the expense of Bridlington, Sewerby and Flambrough.
“Now you have the opportunity to bring in new blood to make the place a safe and vibrant place firstly for its residents and also its visitors,” he told voters.
If elected, Paul promises to: work to create long-term, well-paid jobs; help to tackle anti-social behaviour; address environmental issues affecting the area.
Yorkshire Party Leader Chris Whitwood said: “The people of Bridlington North, Sewerby and Flamborough have an opportunity to vote for someone who will champion the needs of residents. Paul is an excellent local candidate with a record of working hard for the community.
“Yorkshire Party councillors in the East Riding are already making a difference, encouraging ERYC to be more proactive in tackling climate change and are campaigning for fairer decision making.
“Paul would make an excellent addition to this team and I know he will not allow East Riding of Yorkshire Council to continue taking the people of Bridlington, Sewerby and Flamborough for granted.”
The Party is calling on members and supported to help Paul’s election campaign.
“Paul is out nearly every day, speaking to voters about what matters to them. To ensure we can reach enough voters though, he has arranged the following campaign days: Tuesday June 25, Sunday June 30, Saturday July 6 and Wednesday July 10,” said Chairman Arnie Craven.
“Are you able to make it to Bridlington on any of those dates? Any help you can give, whether it is door knocking, leaflet delivering or manning a stall, would be incredibly appreciated.
“We’ve proved we can win in Bridlington once. Now let’s beat the Conservatives and win again!”
Anyone who can help is asked to email [email protected]