Paul Rowen

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Paul Rowen
Paul Rowen, September 2009 cropped.jpg
Rowen during the 2009 Liberal Democrat Party Conference
Member of Parliament
for Rochdale
In office
6 May 2005 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by Lorna Fitzsimons
Succeeded by Simon Danczuk
Majority 444 (1.1%)
Personal details
Born (1955-05-11) 11 May 1955 (age 61)
Rochdale, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrat
Alma mater University of Nottingham
Religion Roman Catholic[1]

Paul John Rowen (born 11 May 1955) is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rochdale from 2005 until the 2010 general election, when he was defeated by Labour Party candidate Simon Danczuk.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Rochdale, Rowen 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 Nottingham, he graduated with a BSc in Chemistry and Geology in 1976. From 1977-80, he taught Science at Kimberley School in Nottinghamshire. From 1980-6, he was Head of Chemistry at St Albans RC High School, Warren Lane in Oldham (now closed), 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 Tong, West Yorkshire.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Rowen contested the Rochdale seat in the 2001 general 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.

In the House of Commons he became a Liberal Democrat spokesman for Work and Pensions, having previously worked on disability issues.

He is a member of the Beveridge Group.[2]

Outside Parliament[edit]

Rowen is the Patron of the Greater Manchester branch of domestic violence charity the Mankind Initiative.[3]

He is also a paid director of a Ugandan property company called Corinya.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Rowen lists on his website that he enjoys hill-walking, travel and reading.[5]

He is a practising Roman Catholic.[1]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Its primary example was the Rochdale constituency in the May general election – when a non-religious politician ... was defeated by a pro-life Catholic, Paul Rowen" (
  2. ^ About us - The Beveridge Group 2007-10-28
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  5. ^ About Paul Rowen -

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lorna Fitzsimons
Member of Parliament for Rochdale
Succeeded by
Simon Danczuk