About Paul McGarry – Your East Kilbride South Candidate
Paul grew up in a single parent family in a council estate in Cornwall.
As the oldest sibling he learnt a strong work ethic and understand the importance of supporting hard working families and creating opportunities for all irrespective of their upbringing.
His passion for providing a fair start was shaped as he was brought up in one of Cornwall’s most deprived council estates.
Paul’s journey to Holyrood 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 via a short term placement in Manchester.
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 in the community attended by over 80 local people.
Paul is married to Gillian and has two young children and they are active members of their local church.
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 an MSP working across the parliament to provide a strong Liberal voice.