CONSERVATIVE candidate Mark Dougan has pledged to help revitalise services for young people in Paisley and Renfrewshire South if he become the area’s next MP.

Having lived in Renfrewshire all his life, he feels he is best placed to represent local voices.

The PhD student is hoping to utilise his experience as former chairman of a local youth charity by improving services and provisions for young people in the constituency.


Mr Dougan is also a former elected member of the Scottish Youth Parliament and has recently campaigned for music tuition fees in schools to be brought to an end in parts of Scotland. 

He has also worked as a sessional youth worker for Renfrewshire Council.

“Young people rely on services like these every day and it reaffirmed my belief that young people’s services should be protected,” he told The Gazette.

Mr Dougan has also been a ‘young person representative’ on the Paisley Partnership Legacy Board – an offshoot of the 2021 UK City of Culture bid.

“This gave me an invaluable insight into how Paisley and the surrounding towns and villages can be transformed into vibrant communities in which businesses can develop and grow, supporting the local economy,” he added.

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