Paula Ferguson was selected as the prospective Liberal Democrat MP for the Winchester & Chandler’s Ford Constituency in June 2019. Read the SPARK interview with Paula here.
We have a real chance of getting Paula elected as our voice for Winchester and Chandler's Ford on Thursday 12th December - it's so close!
It's either Paula, or Boris Johnson's Conservative candidate here....
She has lived in Winchester for 20 years with her family. She is the youngest of 3 children and was the first woman in her family to go to University, where she studied American Studies & Politics. She has also lived in London, Scotland, Northumbria and the USA.
After an early career in corporate banking, data analysis and management consultancy, Paula retrained in her late 30s, completing a BSc in Psychology and then an MSc in Educational and Developmental Psychology. She now works with children who have numerical or other learning difficulties and is passionate about the role education can play in improving lives.
Although uninvolved in politics before the EU referendum, Paula has always been an active member of her local community. She has spoken out against racism and cuts to public services, and campaigned for better walking and cycling routes, a reduction in single-use plastics and cutting food waste. She has been a volunteer at a local food bank for over 3 years and was elected as a city councillor in May.
She firmly believes that Brexit – especially a no-deal Brexit – will be disastrous for people and businesses across the country. She wants her children to grow up in a country that is open and tolerant, where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Brexit has laid bare the divisions in society and Paula believes that to rebuild people’s trust in politics and politicians, we need different people in Parliament - people who have real experience of life outside Westminster. Paula has that experience and she will work tirelessly to tackle the climate emergency, reverse the decline in public services, secure better funding for the NHS and education and address creeping inequality. She will be a champion for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford.
In May she was elected to Winchester City Council for St Bartholomew Ward with 61% of the vote.
Paula says: "I’m standing to become the next Liberal Democrat MP for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford because enough is enough. If we’re going to stop Brexit, tackle the climate emergency, reverse the woeful decline in public services, build a sustainable economy and tackle creeping inequality, then we need different politicians in Parliament. Politicians who’ve had real experience of life outside Westminster.
I joined the Liberal Democrats after the European Referendum. The plans for Brexit – especially a no-deal Brexit – will be disastrous for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford and for the country – and I intend to do my utmost to stop them.
I’ve also worked as a volunteer at a food bank for a number of years and seen first-hand the damage the Conservatives are doing to the basic fabric of society. We urgently need a change."