Politics is about choosing people to best represent you, your community and your country. People who have experience and drive, who are not afraid to shy from the truth and are willing to make the right choices so Scotland and our children will prosper. Talking a good game should not excuse failure, now is the time for Reform.
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Meet our candidates
Alan is leading the Reform UK Scotland list in Central Scotland. He holds Masters’ degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science and has taught in both schools and universities. A committed libertarian, he considers lockdowns economically illiterate and socially devastating. He has finally found the political home that he has been seeking since the Brexit vote.
Alan can be contacted at [email protected]
Sandra is an active community volunteer, participating in various community groups and supporting local salmon fishermen following the Scottish Government’s ban on the centuries-old tradition of coastal salmon-netting.
During her twenty plus years in the heavy fabrication industry it saddened her to see politicians across all parties preside over Scotland’s industrial demise. Her passion to reverse this motivated her to stand in the 2015 GE; 2017 Council Elections; 2019 GE and again in this up-coming Scottish Election. It was also a driving force behind her decision to campaign to leave the European Union in 2016.
Our SG has long championed renewables, indeed former FM Alex Salmond once claimed Scotland had the potential to be the “Saudi Arabia of renewables”. A decade ago SNP promised to deliver a renewable ‘jobs bonanza’ with Mr Swinney promising 28,000 jobs, yet in Feb 2020 it was reported only 6% of these jobs had been delivered, the vast majority having gone overseas. From the many communications she penned to newspapers, politicians and enterprise groups, the response has been either a) political speak excusing ‘no change’, or b) details of plans to reverse the decline, likely developed by persons with business know-how, however clearly not within heavy industry! The negative economic, social and health consequences of extensive lockdown restrictions will be long-lasting, with revenue shortfalls from failing businesses and rising unemployment adversely affecting public services across the country. Scotland’s politicians and political parties have failed us, more than ever we need political change, new blood to drive much-needed innovative policies to deliver.
Whether developing a Space Hub or Windfarm Projects; decommissioning Scotland’s Oil & Gas Platforms or building MOD vessels, the political enthusiasm to ensure a level of ‘in-country’ procurement to provide the skilled local jobs necessary to deliver that much promised Second Industrial Revolution is essential.
Free of EU State Aid and Procurement Regulations offers an ideal opportunity to deliver Scotland’s much needed Reform.If elected to the Scottish Parliament, Sandra promises to work tirelessly towards:
- pursuing a safe and timely exit from lockdown to minimise it’s economic, social and health impacts;
- supporting hard hit businesses towards a full post-Covid recovery to safeguard jobs;
- ensuring local jobs for local communities from Scotland’s renewable and decommissioning contracts;
- reversing the centralised control of Health & Public Services while increasing council budgets to improve local spend & decision making powers;
- improving Highland connectivity & infrastructure: broadband, roads and public transport;
- increasing investment in hospitality & tourism across the Highlands;
- supporting Scotland’s farming & fishing through this Brexit transition and to realise the opportunities afforded from an expanded international market;
- facilitating the political change necessary to reverse Scotland’s economic decline and deliver improved healthcare; education; housing and public services for all.
After a long career in the police, Les is standing for Reform UK Scotland to change politics for good.Les can be contacted through our press officer at [email protected]
Kenneth is our lead candidate in Mid Scotland and Fife.
Kenneth is a rural surveyor and agricultural valuer who has worked both in private practice and for some of Scotland’s largest organisations and landowners. Having grown up and been schooled at Cumnock Academy in Ayrshire and thereafter gone to Aberdeen University, Kenneth’s first job was in in Lancashire assisting in the management of estates where he stayed for 6 years, relocating back to Ayrshire in 2005 and then Stirlingshire, having spells with Forestry & Land Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland, before latterly moving to Perthshire and most recently working for SSE.
Kenneth has always had a libertarian bent, understanding that government should be as small as possible and should not unnecessarily intrude on people’s lives, the current example of the lockdown being a transgression too far, where Governments have sought to impose across the board solutions to the benefit of one small section of society but resulting in other areas of society being substantially worse with people’s lives being destroyed or people dying through other causes due to imposing their will based on interpretations of a limited pool of scientists with inaccurate models and failing to understand the underlying issues and therefore the appropriate measures to take to minimise the impact of COVID19 for society as a whole. Kenneth currently lives in the Carse of Gowrie, overlooking the Tay with his wife of 10 years and pet springer spaniel and enjoys a number of hobbies including reading sci-fi and computers and outdoor pursuits such as fly fishing and walking.
Both the UK and Scottish Government have failed on their COVID19 strategies, failed to protect the vulnerable, failed to protect jobs, failed to protect the environment, failed to protect fisheries, failed to protect our heritage, failed to protect free speech, failed to protect right to protest, failed to protect our education, failed to protect family life and failed to protect our culture. I am standing to ensure that these failures do not happen again and will do everything in my power to reverse those failures which have gone before.
Kenneth can be contacted at [email protected]
Vicky is the second candidate on Reform UK Scotland’s Mid Scotland and Fife list. She holds a B.Ed. degree in Physical Education and was a lecturer in Sports Coaching & Health and Fitness in Edinburgh, and is also a successful professional natural bodybuilder and businesswoman. Vicky feels that politics isn’t reflecting the real world and that it needs an injection of reality and common sense . She has chosen to stand for Reform UK Scotland because of our strong stance against lockdowns and the restriction of civil liberties and our positive plans for Education and the Economy.
Vicky can be contacted through our press officer at [email protected]
Michelle is our leader and is leading Reform UK Scotland’s South Scotland list.
Michelle is a qualified nurse with 27 years’ service in the NHS in both clinical, predominantly working in Intensive Care, and managerial roles.
This was followed by 11 years in the Third Sector heading up a drug and alcohol service for children and offenders and a service for children with social and behavioural issues.
Michelle is an experienced businesswoman and is still a director of the successful manufacturing company that she and her husband established 30 years ago.
Volunteering has always been an important part of Michelle’s life and she is currently the Managing Trustee of a large estate left for the benefit of the community as well as patron of a community hub and foodbank.
Michelle became involved with politics in 2010 and was elected as a Scottish Borders Councillor in 2012 where she led the Scottish Conservative Group. In 2017 Michelle became an MSP for South of Scotland.
Michelle has been married to Neil for 37 years and together they have six children.
Michelle can be contacted through our press officer at [email protected]
David is the second candidate on Reform UK Scotland’s South Scotland list.
After over 50 years living in Lanarkshire, in 2016 he and his wife and younger daughter moved to Moffat and have renovated a house in the town.
Educated at Chapelton Primary, Strathaven Academy and Larkhall Academy. Studied metallurgy and engineering at Glasgow College of Technology and the University of Strathclyde, culminating in the award of an MSc in Engineering in 1987.
Vacation employments included working on military radar production with Ferranti and process working in heat treatment for ICI, which involved in a near-death industrial poisoning. He has now signed the Official Secrets Act three times.
He started working for money at age 9, cleaning machines and doing simple lathe operations in the new family business, a machine shop. He has been working ever since, in businesses of all sizes and kinds, many of them owner-managed.
His only full time job was as a senior engineer and research scientist in a major West of Scotland manufacturer from which he was made redundant after eight years.
Since 1994 he has been fully self-employed, firstly as the owner of a small factory manufacturing a range of high-precision electrolytic gas welders, which he designed himself.
In 1997 he started to sell his services to the IT and consulting industries and has now fulfilled technical and managerial contracts for over three dozen companies across Europe. These have ranged from designing data handling architecture for one of Europe’s premier industrial design companies through analysing regulatory reporting for a major Swedish bank and testing a ticketing system for a ferry company, to being in charge of $200Bn nightly processing for the world’s biggest bank.
David voted for Scottish independence in 2014 and for the UK to leave the European Union in 2016, and sees no inherent contradiction in these votes. He joined the SNP in 1976 and voted for them in every election since, until the 2019 General Election when he voted, but spoiled his paper.
Sick of being told how to live his life by people who plainly had no idea how to live their own and appeared to be enjoying bossing others around far too much, he became a supporter of ReformUK Scotland in late 2020 and was adopted as a PPC in January 2021. His hope is to bring a commercial urge for fast results, combined with an engineering regard for rigour and a small-business necessity for economy to the business of government. He is especially eager to reform the creation of statutes so that they are at least intelligible by non-lawyers.
David can be contacted through our press officer at [email protected]
John can be contacted at [email protected]
Wayne DarnellWayne is second on our West Scotland list. Wayne is a small-business owner, contemporary Sculptor and published author, based in North Ayrshire. He studied business at the Greenfield Valley Young Enterprise Centre in Holywell, North Wales and won Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for his manufacturing business, as well as a Shell Oil “Live Wire” award. He later went on to study design at the University of Hertfordshire which incorporated Architectural, Product Development and Visual Effects and Model Making. Wayne worked in and around London for a number of years as a model maker/ industrial designer and sculptor before moving to New York to teach art to children of drug dependant parents living in the projects, where he was awarded the “Laurence A. Wien” award in recognition of his work. He moved to Scotland in 1996 to raise his family, working as a retained fire fighter for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service, and for Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park before setting up his own business in 2009- a socially engaged arts organisation, working with individuals, small businesses and local communities to design, create and deliver a wide range of creative projects in a diversity of mediums, as well as offering business support. Wayne’s Message: Let’s support small business and enterprise, and strengthen local communities. Let’s fight for democracy and free speech. Let’s fight against cancel culture and the Left-wing woke agenda. Let’s get some common sense back into politics with politicians who have actually done a hard day’s work in their life and have an understanding of how ordinary people function in the real world and what their priorities are. We need a new type of politics and politicians that understand the importance of the private sector, as well as the public sector. Let’s hold to account the people responsible for:
- the deaths in care homes as a result of Covid measures
- the suicides and victims of domestic abuse, exacerbated by the lockdowns
- the deaths as a result of missed or cancelled medical treatments and procedures
- the devasting effects on the economy as a result of their reaction to the coronavirus
- misleading statistics which have been used to enforce these lockdowns and infringement on human rights.