Gavin Newlands

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Gavin Newlands
MP
Official portrait of Gavin Newlands crop 2.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded by Jim Sheridan
Majority 2,613 (5.6%)
Personal details
Born (1980-02-02) 2 February 1980 (age 38)
Paisley, Scotland
Political party Scottish National Party
Alma mater James Watt College

Gavin Andrew Stuart Newlands MP (born 2 February 1980) is a Scottish National Party politician. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, who has served since the 2015 general election.[1][2]

Newlands is the first ever MP for the constituency to be elected from the SNP. At the 2017 general election, Newlands was re-elected, with a reduced majority of 9,076 votes to 2,613.

Early life[edit]

Newlands was born in the old Paisley Maternity Hospital in 1980 and raised in the town of Renfrew,[3] where he currently resides with wife, Lynn and their two children.[4] He was educated at Renfrew's St James' Primary and Trinity High School. While enrolled at James Watt College, Newlands was offered a promotion in his part-time job, and dropped out of college.

Newlands has been a member of the SNP for 25 years. He joined the youth wing of the party in 1992, getting involved during the campaigns against the poll tax[citation needed]. He became a local community council councillor for Renfrew in 2011 and has supported local causes, including a West of Scotland foodbank. Newlands was a member of Paisley Rugby Club for 16 years, serving as club captain for three years.[4]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Newlands was selected to stand for election for the Scottish National Party (SNP) in January 2015 after securing the support of local party members following an internal selection process.[4] He was elected to the House of Commons at the 2015 Westminster election when he overturned the incumbent Labour MP's 15,280 majority and emerged with a majority of 9,076 votes for himself - representing a 26.47% swing to Newlands and the SNP.[5]

He is currently the Westminster SNP Spokesperson on Sport, Wales, and Northern Ireland[6], as well as being Chair of the White Ribbon All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Male Violence Against Women[7] and is Chair of the APPG on Scottish Sport.[8]

The constituency office for Gavin Newlands is in Porterfield Road, in Renfrew.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Members returned to Parliament at the General Election 2015 Scotland". The Edinburgh Gazette. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Gavin Newlands SNP wins Paisley and Renfrewshire North seat, bbc.co.uk; accessed 1 June 2015.
  3. ^ Newlands, Gavin. "About Gavin". Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Paisley SNP hopeful joins race for Westminster". Paisley & Renfrewshire Gazette. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Express, The (8 May 2015). "Paisley and Renfrewshire North". Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Gavin Newlands - UK Parliament". beta.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2018-08-18. 
  7. ^ Commons, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 6 January 2017: White Ribbon Campaign UK". publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2018-08-18. 
  8. ^ Commons, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 3 June 2016: Scottish Sport". publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2018-08-18. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jim Sheridan
Member of Parliament
for Paisley and Renfrewshire North

2015–present
Incumbent