Paul James Scriven is 44 years old and is Lib-Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Sheffield Central in the looming General Election.
Paul moved to Sheffield 13 years ago, currently residing with his partner in Hunters Bar, and enjoys “living in such a wonderful City”.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be a Sheffield City Councillor for 10 years and privileged to be Leader of the City Council since May 2008. In my spare time I love dining with friends, walking in the Peaks, supporting Huddersfield Town, and too infrequently going to the Gym!
What do you like most about your job?
I get most pleasure when I can make a real difference to an individual or family experiencing a problem. Working together with them, we can solve issues and take away what had been a great burden in order to improve their quality of life.
The best days are when I see young people achieving – and so destroying the stereotype that some have of them. We are lucky to have so many talented and wonderful young people in Sheffield.
I do get depressed when I come across injustice and see people putting barriers in the way of others trying to achieve their full potential.
Who is or was the most important influence
An English teacher at school called Miss Newton. I left school without qualifications but Miss Newton had faith and confidence in me that I’d achieve my full potential later in life. She was such a positive influence, giving me a sense of seeing the best in people and in turn encouraging them to achieve as we all can.”
What’s your favourite gadget?
My iPod Touch – love it to bits. I didn’t realise you could do so much with one gadget.
What’s your favourite media?
Without doubt the Internet. I can tweet, listen to the radio, read the Independent and Star online, and email – all at the same time. Talk about multi-tasking!
Current or most recent film you’d most like to see?
I’ve just seen Avatar and would give it six out of 10. I’d like to see a A Single Man in the next few weeks – if I get spare time!!
What music are you listening to just now?
This is were I lose credibility! I’m listening to Scouting For Girls, although I do have everything from Mozart to The Kings of Leon on my iPod.
What makes you smile?
I tend to smile at the observations of young people. The best I ever heard was “if bees make honey, do flies make jam?” Classic!!
What would you most like to put right in this world?
I’d like to make Sheffield and the UK a fairer place so that people, regardless of their personal situation, could reach their full potential and have equality of opportunity.
How do you see yourself in 10 years?
I expect to be greyer, with less hair, and with more wrinkles (but hopefully wiser). But I will still have passion to fight for a fairer world.