Newton Mearns resident Paul Smith has been selected as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate for the Newton Mearns South and Eaglesham ward at May’s council elections.
Paul works as a researcher – developing animal welfare and environmental policy, and has worked on campaigns, such as banning the use of electric shock collars on dogs.
He will be contesting the ward for the Scottish Conservatives following the decision of long serving councillors Jim Swift and Barbara Grant to stand down.
Paul grew up in East Renfrewshire, attending Mearns Castle High School where he first met his wife. With their daughter, the family lives in Newton Mearns, and Paul’s priority is making Newton Mearns the best place to live both for his family and yours.
After his selection, Paul said: “I am delighted to have been selected as a candidate for Newton Mearns South and Eaglesham - the community I live in.
“The pandemic has shown us all how important community is, so my priority is simple – making sure the council listens to residents. Whether that’s the awful state of our roads, better bins or protecting our green spaces. I am here to serve you, so please get in touch if I can be of help.”