Candidate for the West of Scotland
Ashay Ghai lives in Milngavie and was raised in Bearsden, where he attended his local primary and secondary school. He has served as a councillor for Bearsden since 2009, when he was elected to East Dunbartonshire Council in a by election – gaining the seat off the Conservatives and defeating a future SNP MSP in the process.
He successfully defended his place at the 2012 local government elections. Ashay has been leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on East Dunbartonshire Council since 2010.
Ashay is the current Deputy Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council and chairs the Council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee.
He serves as the authority’s political lead on a number of issues, including housing and recycling.
Ashay passionately believes that government must invest in more social and affordable housing to increase people’s housing choices in the West of Scotland.
He has previously stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Clydebank & Milngavie at the 2007 Scottish Parliament election and Paisley & Renfrewshire South at the 2010 UK general election.
Prior to become a fulltime councillor Ashay Ghai had a successful career as a charity worker for voluntary sector organisations.
He previously acted as the first secretary of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Racial Equality (as the only non-MSP office bearer) and has a strong background on equality issues. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University where he studies politics and social policy.