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Paul John Rowen (born 11 May 1955, Rochdalemarker) is the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Rochdalemarker. He was first elected at the 2005 general election.

Early Life and Career

He went to the Bishop Henshaw RC Memorial High School ( became St Cuthbert's RC High School in 1989 when Rochdale scrapped its three-tier system) on Shaw Road in Rochdale. From the University of Nottinghammarker, he graduated with a BSc in Chemistry and Geology in 1976. From 1977-80, he taught Science at Kimberley Schoolmarker in Nottinghamshiremarker. From 1980-6, he was Head of Chemistry at St Albans RC High School in Ipswichmarker, then Head of Science at Our Ladys RC High School from 1986-90. From 1990-2005, he was Deputy Headteacher of Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College on Westgate Hill Street in Tongmarker, West Yorkshire.

Parliamentary career

Rowen contested the Rochdale seat in the 2001 election, and won the seat in 2005 by around 400 votes; this reclaimed the seat for the Liberal Democrats since they lost the seat in 1997. He is currently the Liberal Democrat spokesman for Work and Pensions.

Rowen is part of the Liberal Democrat work and pensions team, and has previously worked on disability issues. He is also a Lib Dem Whip.

He is a member of the Beveridge Group.

Outside Parliament

Rowen is the Patron of the Greater Manchester branch of domestic violence charity the Mankind Initiative.

Personal life

Rowen lists on his website that he enjoys hill-walking, travel and reading.

He is a practising Catholic.

Notes and References

  1. About us - The Beveridge Group 2007-10-28
  3. About Paul Rowen -

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