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Cllr Paul Wray for Hunslet, Beeston, Leeds City Centre and Riverside

I'm a working-class lad, who started working at weekends at 16 years old in a bakery, while still attending sixth-form. I haven't stopped working since - including on evenings and at weekends for several years to help pay my way through university – the first of my family to go.


I believe passionately in good honest hard work and not asking others to do things I wouldn't be willing to do myself. I get stuck in, and care about doing things the right way.


That is why I put myself forward for election in Hunslet and Riverside Ward. Since I was elected, I've worked non-stop for the last five years for you, making your priorities, my priorities.


I'm committed to the idea of common endeavour, of achieving together, and a society where we are judged by how we protect the most in need.

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Delivering Change

  • Completed a significant play and exercise upgrade of Brickfield Park

  • Closed off nearly a dozen problematic bin yards to prevent fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour

  • Increased the number of enforcement actions taken and fines issued for litter and fly tipping.

  • Funded new security cameras at Beeston Hill United Free Church to deter anti-social behaviour

  • Funded a pram shelter at Dewsbury Road Hub

  • Funded a litter picking kit for the Masjid Ibraheem on Woodview Road.

  • Funded roof improvements at KWMA Community Centre

  • Funded new litter bins across the area

  • Funded new mature trees at all the pocket parks

  • Working with the Police to close drug houses

  • Prevented a number of 24/7 off license applications on Dewsbury Road

  • Delivered the height barrier on Moor Road to reduce unauthorised encampments

  • Hunslet Moor multi-use games area (being delivered now).

  • Negotiated and approved the Hunslet Moor Bowling Hut for the Friends of Hunslet Moor

  • Worked with the police to tackle anti-social behaviour at Garnets Pocket Park

  • Funded artwork for the Dewsbury Road communication boxes

  • Funded 23 new cycle stands for Dewsbury Road

  • Funded 6 new benches for Dewsbury Road to be delivered this year

  • Arranged for new mature trees for Hunslet Moor 

  • Funding for Maltings Residents Association

  • Funding towards Friends of Hunslet Moor given

  • Initiated the creation of Greenmount Resident Association

  • Supporting the creation of a Beeston Hill Residents Association

  • Funded multiple living saving defibrillators across Beeston

  • Supported efforts to develop the Cockbun Centre

  • Supported Hamara Healthy Living Centre to fund a new disability friendly lift

  • Funded a disability toilet at St Luke's Cares

Joint Candidate

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If you re-elect me, I pledge to continue to work as your full time representative.


I'll continue to issue regular newsletters, letters and be active on social media


I'll continue to be clear about how I spend your money on our communities.


I'll be guided by evidence and putting your interests before my electoral needs.


I'll ensure that your needs are heard and understood by decision makers.

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Community Work

I'm actively involved with community groups and organisations across the ward. Here are just a few examples:

  • Governor Hunslet Carr Primary School

  • Governor Park View Primary Academy

  • Governor Lane End Primary School

  • Governor St Mary's C of E Primary Academy

  • Trustee The Involve Centre

  • Trustee Vera Media

  • Beeston Festival Commitee

  • Hunslet Festival Commitee

  • Friends of Cross Flatts Park Commitee

  • Our Future Beeston Steering Group

  • Friends of Hunslet Moor Commitee

  • Leeds Dock Engagement Committee

  • Cockburn Centre Engagement Committee

There are many more as well as being a trusted adviser and supporter to many other groups in the public, third and faith sectors.

We're Backing Paul

Your Choice

Cllr Paul Wray for Hunslet, Beeston, Leeds City Centre and Riverside


Record Of Delivery

Keeps You Informed


Fights Your Corner

Trusted Decision Maker



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Labour For Leeds

  • Leeds Children's Services - receives Outstanding Ofsted.

  • We’ve kept our children’s centres and youth services open.

  • Leeds will retain Earned Autonomy status for the Supporting Families programme for 2023-25. 

  • Expanding in-house children's residential provision Leeds has 10 of our local authority owned children’s homes and is investing in 8 new two bed children’s homes. 

  • Investment in Children & Families commissioning activity Investment of £750k to increase staffing capacity. 

  • Edge of Care Service is a new team to work with adolescents and their families to prevent family / placement breakdown which would result in entry into the care system.

  • Child Poverty Leeds has continues to tackle child poverty through the Thriving Strategy, despite the removal of the local strategy as a statutory requirement. 

  • Let’s Talk – provides a safe space for parents/ guardians with experience of children’s services to feedback and input into plans to improve services and help families to help children. Parent led training is being developed for children’s social work.  

  • Archway – a new hub for care leavers aged 16 - 25 has opened. It provides a safe place offering homely facilities like laundry and showers, food and lunch clubs, as well as a cyber suite and access to counselling and crisis support and support into employment, education and training.

  • Child Friendly Leeds now ten years old. 

  • The 12 wishes for the city have captured the views of 80,000 children and young people to identify their top issues and priorities for the city. 

  • Child Exploitation and Contextual Safeguarding team has been successful in securing a place as part of the DfE funded work.

  • Futures Team is expanding this award-winning service works with young people who have had a previous child removed. The expansion of the service will mean they can work with more young people during pregnancy. 

  • WRES pilot – Jointly with Adults and Health we have completed the first stage of the Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES) pilot as one of 18 LAs.  This has provided us with an action plan to tackle race inequality in both directorates and will strengthen the corporate offer.


Thank you for contacting me. I'll be intouch soon.


Labour's Plans



My political work is funded by small donations from supporters and local people like you.








Election Informaton

  • If you vote in person will be required to show photographic ID. The accepted forms of photographic ID are:

    • a passport issued by the:

    • UK

    • Channel Islands

    • Isle of Man

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  • a driving licence issued by the:

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  • EEA state a biometric immigration document

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  • a Ministry of Defence Form 90

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  • a national identity card issued by an EEA state

  • an Older Person’s Bus Pass

  • a Disabled Person’s Bus Pass

  • an Oyster 60+ Card

  • a Freedom Pass


  • Expired photographic ID documents if the photograph is still a good likeness.

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