OPEN PRIMARY: Small businessman vows to use experience to represent voters

Paul Bristow
Paul Bristow

A small businessman has vowed to bring some real world experience to the race to be Boston and Skegness Conservative candidate.

Paul Bristow runs a medical consultancy and is from Whittlesey near Peterborough.

He believes the area shares many issues with Boston and Skegness and feels his varied experience – from working in a potato factory and grain store to being a bingo caller and running his seven-man firm – can help him connect with voters.

He said: “I passionately believe that politicians should look and sound like the people that they want to represent.”

The married 35-year-old says one common experience from Whittlesey is in the changes in the population from immigration – and said the area needs a fair deal based on the number of people living here.

He added: “We need funding arrangements which are able to reflect that. For example, for years Boston and Skegness was funded on the 2001 Census which three years later was out of date.”

Paul previously stood in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland in 2010 where he was able to cut the Labour majority from 8,000 to 1,600.

He said that, like Boston and Skegness, the constituency is a coastal community and feels the experience will stand him in good stead here.

He also has experience working for an MP and as a councillor in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Paul believes the NHS and agricultural economy are key issues and believes the Government can help small businesses like his by ‘getting out of the way’ and cutting red tape. He welcomed recent moves to grant relief for business rates and National Insurance.

Paul thinks the UKIP threat can be taken onby tackling and talking about the issues that matter to people, adding: “The job of an MP is about casework, running surgeries and being local.I don’t think UKIP would do that. I think they would talk on a national stage and not really put Boston and Skegness first.”