Kevin Lewsey

Candidate for Glasgow Southside

Kevin LewseyKevin decided to get involved in politics late in life and less than a year ago.

In that short time he has become the Convenor for Glasgow South Liberal Democrats and is even prepared to stand against the SNP's very own Nicola Sturgeon, such is his enthusiasm, commitment and desire to see normal Scots represented by someone who has their interests at heart.

When asked what prompted him to become so active now he replied "I could no longer sit back in my armchair and watch the beliefs that I have held all my life disappear. I couldn't sit back and watch the Scotland that I love used as a political football to further the ambition of a select few.

I hate it when politicians play political games with people's lives, all for the sake of personal power. Ordinary people are effected by the rubbish that these highly privileged so called educated MSP's spout forth. It was time to get off that armchair and start fighting, so that ordinary folk can have the freedom and the help to make the most of their lives without the needless interference that this current Government offers"

Kevin has seen and experienced a lot of things in his life, all of which help him to have a broad perspective on events. He was born in Sri Lanka to British parents, moved to Worcestershire at the age of 5 and then after school decided not to go to university but to get a job and earn some money instead.

He moved to Scotland when he was 18 and has remained in the South Side of Glasgow ever since, possibly due to the captivating qualities of such hostelries as Findlays , JJ Booths and the Newlands Hotel back in the "good old days".

He worked his way up through the ranks to become an area manager for that well known retail institution, Goldbergs, before becoming a training manager in a direct sales company. He left there to work with a "friend" only to find his life turned upside down when the "friend" ran off leaving him in a real mess.

So bad was the situation that Kevin became homeless and lived for 10 weeks in a homeless hostel in Glasgow. That was 9 years ago and he has now dusted himself off and worked hard to become a successful self-employed business man running his own driving school.

Of his life experiences he says "I have experienced the highs and lows of Scottish life, from luxury holidays abroad to having to rely on friends for a roof over your head. When you have personally experienced the desperation of having no money, no prospects, and no light at the end of the tunnel, you see things from a different perspective."

"That is when my real interest in politics started. That is when the gap between the haves and the have nots becomes really apparent. That is when you realise that everyone at some stage of their lives needs help or at least if not help they certainly do not need the interference that prevents them from helping themselves."

"The personal stories I could relate about our mental health service, our housing policies, our council services and our attitude to the unemployed would make you angry. So angry in fact that you might even vote Liberal Democrat!"

Kevin will make a good MSP don't you think?

Contact Kevin

Email: kevin.lewsey@scotlibdems.org.uk


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