Paul is a civil servant who has lived in Leeds for over 25 years. He has a degree in Social Sciences and an MA in British History, and is a qualified FE teacher. He is co-founder of The Leeds Salon public discusssion forum and writes regularly for online journal Freedom in a Puritan Age and the Leeds-based Culture Vulture blog. He has also written for Culture Wars, spiked , the Independent Blog and the Guardian Leeds Blog. Paul has been a Debating Matters judge since 2008, and as a supporter of the competition also acts as a debate chair and helps run competition events in both the UK and India.