Paisley & Renfrewshire North
Gavin was born in the old Paisley Maternity Hospital in 1980 and was raised in the town of Renfrew, where he currently lives with his wife, Lynn, and their two children. He was educated at Renfrew’s St James’ Primary and Trinity High School in the town.
While enrolled in study at James Watt College, Gavin was offered a promotion in his part-time job which meant leaving further education behind. Seventeen years later, having run two £2,000,000 turnover stores and having been the Business Analyst for his firm in both Scotland and Northern Ireland, Gavin wanted to make a real difference to the lives of people living in Renfrewshire.
Gavin was selected to stand as the SNP candidate in the 2015 Westminster election for the seat of Paisley and Renfrewshire North after securing the support of local party members following an internal selection process. He was elected to the House of Commons in May 2015, overturning the incumbent Labour MP’s 15,280 majority and emerged with a majority of 9,076 votes for himself – representing a 26.47% to Gavin and the SNP locally.