At our latest “In Conversation With” event we were joined by Paul Dennett, a working-class boy from Warrington who became Salford’s second directly elected City Mayor.
Guests in attendance enjoyed an hour discussion and Q&A about Paul’s upbringing, where money was tight and the stress of debt a constant factor. He detailed how it influenced his politics in later life and helped him develop a lifelong appreciation for the public sector.
As a teenager, Paul helped out in his parents’ pub, changing barrels, lugging crates and talking to the regulars before a spell in the customer services department of a BT call centre. He studied at the University of Ulster, before completing his degree in Manchester and then went on to lecture at Manchester Metropolitan Business School.
Paul, who currently lives in Salford, was a local councilor for the Langworthy Ward before being elected City Mayor, a role in which he has overall responsibility for the delivery of all council services and the budget.
You can watch highlights from the event and discussion with Paul below.
We look forward to sharing details about the next guest in our “In Conversation With” series very soon.