Paul McGarry for East Kilbride Central North

Hi I'm Paul McGarry

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and find out about the work I have been doing in, East Kilbride Central North. I am campaigning to win in the council by-election, I believe that the area needs a strong and distinct voice. I am not another yes man, but can instead campaign on issues important to the ward, issues like housing, education and community facilities.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party campaigning to remain in the EU and the UK and this election is your chance to send a message to the Brexit parties of Labour and Conservative that they must stop gambling on Scotland and its place in the UK.

Countdown to By-Election

Thursday 29th August

2019/08/29 22:00:00


Paul McGarry

Paul lives in East Kilbride with his wife and two boys, he is Vice-Convenor of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and an active campaigner in East Kilbride having stood for parliament and the council previously.

Paul grew up in a deprived council estate in Cornwall, the oldest of three siblings.

Paul’s journey in to politics is far from conventional and in many ways began when at age 16 he was homeless and was one of the thousands of young people across the UK who moved across hostels and B&Bs, he was however fortunate in being placed in a Foyer project which provide training and opportunity to young homeless people.

It was from this that Paul secured a position as an apprentice youth worker and moved to Scotland.

His apprenticeship provided experience in working with some of the poorest communities in Scotland.

Working with local churches it was their support that helped provide opportunities to fulfil his potential.

After three years as a youth worker Paul went on to work for a number of small businesses and charities, beginning as a call centre worker he is now a Marketing Manager for a national charity.

Paul has maintained a commitment to developing policy since joining the party and has successfully introduced policies on Human Trafficking, First Aid in Schools and ending detention for Asylum Seekers.

He has maintained a commitment to community work and working with his local church through volunteering at a foodbank, providing debt advice and starting a project to provide Christmas day dinner to those on their own.

He is committed to the local area and was a Westminster candidate for East Kilbride.

He is delighted to once again have the opportunity to represent the local community candidate and as a councillor will be a hard working strong voice for the community.

Local Issues



Promote Business

We want to make East Kilbride a great place to do business again. I want to work promoting East Kilbride to businesses

We need to create business space for new businesses and fill the decade long void left by some of East Kilbrides biggest former employers. I want City Deal money directed to creating space for tech businesses.

Invest in Education

With increased population and new houses being built East Kilbride schools are bursting at the seams.

We will ensure there is a strategy in place to relief pressure on our schools. This will include creating new schools and supporting schools in addressing Mental Health and creating the very best learning environments.

Community Infrastructure

Our council is great at building houses! They are terrible at building communities. Social Housing and infrastructure not delivered.

We will ensure that all new developments are focused on building community, creating more affordable homes and also building proper infrastructure such as community centre, places of worship and GP surgeries. Community must come first!


Backing Paul

To Win
EwanEast Kilbride Resident
I don’t think that anyone campaigns harder on social issues, Paul has led the way in campaigning on housing, homelessness and was recently part of successful campaigns on First Aid and Mental Health
FrancesEast Kilbride Resident
I’m delighted to support Paul, I have been a Lib Dem supporter for many years. As a pensioner local services are really important, Paul has a track record of campaigning on banks and local buses.
ColinEast Kilbride Resident
I am backing Paul as a hardworking campaigner who has worked hard to represent people in East Kilbride for 8 years. He campaigns on issues throughout the community.

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