Council candidates 2007
Thursday, 11 January 2007

The elections to Glasgow City Council on 3rd May will see a new STV proportional voting system introduced. For too long the council has been dominated by Labour, who under the current system have benefitted from having far more councillors elected than their share of the vote. The new system will ensure that the balance of power in the council more closely reflects the citizens of Glasgow.{emailcloak=off}





Dave was born and raised in the South Side of Glasgow and lived in Croftfoot for over 15 years. He now lives in Cathcart.

Following a career in the whisky industry Dave worked for the SNP as Glasgow Organiser in the run up to the 1999 Elections. He went on to work for the then Shadow Minister for Local Government where he gained extensive experience in dealing with Local Government Departments. He has been active in the SNP for thirty years most recently helping to lead the successful campaign to save the 31 bus route.

Dave says "The communities that make up Linn ward have been beset by problems of anti-social behaviour and deteriorating public transport services. I know the area and understand the issues that people face every day. I would be proud to represent them and to be part of an SNP Council group that will work tirelessly to transform Glasgow for the better."

Dave Ritchie




Born and raised in Pollokshields, Glasgow until parents immigrated to Canada. Returned from Canada to complete education in Glasgow.

Retired from oil & gas industry, having worked in UK, Netherlands, North Africa, Russia, Canada and USA, from technician to company director/ chairman. Widely travelled with good understanding of other cultures.

Community Councillor (Pollokshaws & Eastwood) for past eight years, active on community safety, integration and regeneration committees and now chairperson Pollokshaws Burgh Hall Trust, the largest community run facility in Glasgow, where we host education, training, art, culture, leisure, fitness, dancing, choirs, politicians surgeries, credit union, meetings, conferences and so much more. Working on these various committees and the trust as brought me into contact and good working relations with most departments of the city council.

I have particular expertise in housing matters, having served as chair of the neighbourhood housing forum, founding chair of the largest local housing organisation in South Glasgow and now serve on Newland Auldburn local housing forum. I was formerly a member of the board of GHA Ltd and GHAM Ltd and now serve as the secretary to the Scottish Monitoring Group - Housing & Homelessness.

Colin Deans




Patricia is 38, was born and brought up in Govan and educated at Glasgow University, where she gained a MA (Hons) in Politics and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education. For the last 15 years Patricia has taught English, first in Airdrie Academy and for the last eight years in St. Ninians High, just outside Greater Pollok. She joined the SNP a decade ago, has been active ever since and is currently Pollok Constituency Secretary.

Patricia Duffy



Bailie Gibson was educated at Strathclyde Universtiy, is the widowed mother of twins and since 1999 has served as the SNP Councillor for Mosspark Ward. Further to her re-election to Glasgow City Council in 2003 with an increased majority, Iris was appointed a Bailie. A keen marathon runner, Iris has proven herself to be a hardworking, conscientious and effective full-time councillor, well respected in both her ward and the City Chambers.

Iris Gibson



Allison Hunter was born in 1942 in Kinning Park and educated at Pollokshields Senior Secondary School  and Jordanhill College.  She was a primary school teacher for 23 years before going on to work as the SNP’s National Organiser, retiring in 2002.

Allison has been a member of the SNP for 33 years and is a member of the SNP’s National Executive Committee.  She was the election agent for Jim Sillars during the 1988 Govan by-election, when the SNP scored a spectacular success, and is currently Nicola Sturgeon’s election agent.  She is married with 3 grown up children and 2 grandchildren.

Allison says: "It’s time for a fresh approach to local government in Glasgow, with councillors who really listen to the people. It’s also time to replace the unfair council tax with a fair local income tax based on ability to pay.  Only the SNP can deliver this."

Allison Hunter


Khalil-ur Rahman Malik

Khalil-ur Rahman Malik is chartered certified accountant running his accountancy firm in Bridgeton, Glasgow since 1993. Besides this, his personal interest in furniture has today neatly placed him among the fairly big classical furniture traders of Glasgow.

Mr. Malik has been the member of Scottish National Party (SNP) since a decade. During this period he has contested two council level elections: 1) 1999 - Pollokshields East, and 2) 2003 - Maxwell Park.

His interest with the SNP has links with his political ambitions. Compared to the ethnic minorities in England, the minorities in Scotland are better off. This owes in large part to the accommodative and tolerant behaviour of the Scottish people as a nation. Mr. Malik is of the view that social mobility and integration of the minority communities determine the development of the society; the more integrated the minorities, the more stable shall be the society and more stable the society, the more conducive shall be the environment for development activities. Mr. Malik takes Scotland unlike England in this respect and finds an independent Scotland a haven for his community integration ambitions.



I am a committed, hard working and dedicated Glaswegian and nationalist with a proven track record as a candidate for the SNP and campaigner for a fitter, healthier Independent Scotland.

I was the candidate for Ayr Constituency in 2003, and for Glasgow South West in 2005 Westminster elections. I have held all branch office bearer positions and been GRA Organiser. I have been an NOC member since 2002, am on the Disciplinary Committee and am a previous Appeals Committee member.

I have been described as a ‘key player at the vanguard in the battle to bring about a smoking ban'.




Jahangir Hanif is a local businessman having graduated from Strathclyde University and has worked in Southside Central on and off for the past 20 years.

Jahangir previously fought the Council Seat in 2003 for Govanhill and cut down labour's majority to less than half. He is currently the convenor of SNP Pollokshields branch.

Jahangir believes that it is time for a change and that the people of Glasgow deserve to get better services from the Council. His main areas of concerns are Poverty,Crime Rate, Educational facilities and the lack of facilities provided by the Council for the people of Southside Central and would intend to address these if he is elected

Jahangir Hanif



Alison joined the SNP when she was 17. Since then, she has campaigned for Independence for Scotland, free education, an end to nuclear weapons in our country, and for votes at 16. Alison is the National Convener of Young Scots for Independence, the SNP's youth wing.

For the past two years, Alison has worked for Bruce McFee MSP in the West of Scotland Parliamentary Office where she has gained vital experience in helping constituents with their problems. She looks forward to using that experience to the benefit of the people of the Calton ward come May.

Alison Thewliss




Craig Mackay, 30, is SNP regional secretary for Glasgow and organiser for Kelvin constituency. An SNP member since he was 17, he stood for the Merchant City ward in the 2003 council elections.

Craig is a freelance graphic and web designer, having set up business in 2005. Prior to that he was designer at the pro-Independence Scottish Standard newspaper. He studied Architecture at the University of Strathclyde and has worked as a technician at architects and landscape architects practices. Craig is also a member of Scottish CND.

Craig says: “I am committed to helping make Glasgow and Scotland a better place for its citizens. A socially just and democratic Scotland with a voice on the world stage is only possible with Independence.”

Craig Mackay




George is the candidate for Hillhead. He lives locally and therefore is well aware of the benefits and the disadvantages of an area where the vast majority of people live in tenement flats.

His background as a Chartered Civil Engineer and Manager in Construction gives him expertise in many of the Council's functions and in communicating with people.

As a Children's Panel Member, George is keen to ensure that Social Work Services for Children and Families are fully supported.

George plays squash and is keen to encourage all Glaswegians to take exercise and eat healthily.

George Roberts




Kenny McLean is the SNP candidate for Partick West. He was raised in Partick and educated locally at Hyndland Secondary and Glasgow University, graduating with an honours degree in History & Politics. Following graduation Kenny worked as assistant to the popular local MSP Sandra White. Recently he completed a Masters Degree in Urban Policy at Glasgow University. Kenny stood as the SNP candidate for Glasgow North in the 2005 General Election. An active member of his community he is vice-chair of Partick Community Council. He has been involved in many campaigns in the area and currently is campaigning against the proposed massive Tesco development in Partick.

Kenny McLean




Graeme joined the SNP in 1997 as a member of Anniesland constituency whilst still a student. Since joining the SNP Graeme has held a variety of positions at branch level including Treasurer and Secretary. Graeme stood for Glasgow North West in the 2005 Westminster elections. He has also stood for election to Glasgow city Council fort the old Knightswood Park ward in May 2003 and the November 2005 by-election.

Born in Irvine, Ayrshire in 1978 Graeme has an Honours Degree in Politics from Glasgow University. After graduating in 2000 Graeme worked as a Voluntary Worker for Maryhill Citizens Advice Bureau before moving onto work within the Welfare Rights Department at North Lanarkshire Council Social Work Department. In September 2001 Graeme returned to University where he gained a PG Dip Careers Guidance from Strathclyde University. Since August 2002 Graeme has been working as a Careers Adviser for Careers Scotland. He currently works with school pupils at risk of unemployment in Dumbarton.

Graeme is a member of Unison. He lives in Scotstoun, Glasgow with his wife. In his spare time he is a keen follower of football and plays badminton and golf.

Graeme Hendry



Bill Kidd represented the SNP in Anniesland in 2003 Scottish Parliament elections and also for Westminster in Hillhead in 1987, Cunninghame South in 2001 and Glasgow Central in 2005.

Bill is presently Organiser for Anniesland, Convenor of Glasgow Regional Association and an Executive Member of the SNP Trade Union Group which he has also represented on the Party's NEC.

Bill says: “Only with Independence will we see real improvements in Jobs, Health, Education and Pensions and put an end to Illegal Wars and the Nuclear Threat. I will fight to win for the SNP and the Scottish People.”



Alex Dingwall currently works within Social Work Services in Glasgow, a party member for 27 years he has served as President of the SNP's student wing, National Secretary of the Youth wing and worked at HQ as a press assistant.

Alex is a member of the SNP Trade Union Group and has served as its representative on the SNP National Executive Committee. He is currently the Equalities Officer for Glasgow City Unison and has previously been elected as Assistant Secretary, Vice Chair and lead negotiator for Unison's 13,500 members in Glasgow.

Alex has previously sought election at Council and at Parliamentary level for the Glasgow Maryhill Constituency.

Alex says "The fact that Glasgow continues to suffers the highest levels of Child, Adult and Pensioner poverty in Scotland is a damning indictment of Labour's failure in Glasgow and underlines the need for a change in administration in the city."

Alex Dingwall




Billy was born and brought up in Maryhill and his past generations come from the Maryhill and Milton constituencies.

He was elected as an SNP Councillor in February 2006 in a stunning victory knocking Labour for six.  Having been a vocal community activist in Milton for the last 10 years, when elected he gave the people of Milton a promise to rid the area of the criminal element. It is a promise he has delivered on.

His past accomplishments include being Vice-Chair of the group that was successful in saving St Augustine’s Playing Fields from developers, and Vice-Chair of the Glasgow Campaign to Defend Council Housing during the GHA Housing stock transfer. Billy was elected onto the GHA Management Board as a tenant representative with the highest vote of any constituency.

Billy’s vision for the people of Canal Ward is “to have a crime free environment, decent affordable housing and leisure facilities, and a future without poverty for our children”

Billy McAllister



Phil Greene

Having spent the first five years of married life living in Gourlay Street before our home was demolished in the slum clearances, I am extremely proud to have been selected to fight the Springburn council seat on behalf of Scotland 's party, the SNP. I presently run a security / alarm company having taken early retirement as Scotland's most senior Child Protection Officer with Strathclyde Region. One of my proudest achievements was founding and directing the anti-poverty charity, People in Need. As a husband, father and now a grandfather, I am keenly aware of the challenges affecting all of our lives. I promise to listen to the voice of the people and act honestly and diligently on you, your family's and the city's behalf as Councillor for Springburn.




Jennifer, 25, works in central government. After graduating in 2003 from Strathclyde University, she spent just under two years working for Holyrood magazine, before moving back to Glasgow.

Jennifer is Press Officer of the Glasgow Regional Association, Convener of Springburn SNP, and a regular columnist in the Scots Independent newspaper.

She stays in Dennistoun, where she enjoys visiting the local food shops and - to get in shape for her forthcoming wedding to fellow candidate Craig Mackay - going to the local council pool and gym.

Jennifer Dunn




John joined the SNP in 1964 at the time of the General Election. He was a founder member of Bridgeton Constituency Branch and its first Organiser. He became one of the first SNP councillors in Glasgow, and has continued to campaign for Scottish Independence ever since. He has fought two Westminster elections and several local elections.

John recently stood down as Chairman / Speaker of the Glasgow Parliamentary Debating Association. John's hobbies include reading, especially politics, biographies and history. He likes good food, good wine and good company.

He was a public transport official for over 20 years and understands transport issues from the point of view of both passengers and providers.

John is looking forward to returning to the City Chambers as councillor for Shettleston ward.



John is the Leader of the Opposition in Glasgow City Council, and the leader of the SNP council group. Elected in 1998, John has recently led protests against Labour’s moves to weaken effective opposition by altering the council committee system.

In his local ward, John attends a wide variety of community groups, including Garrowhill and Swinton Community Councils, local school boards, tenants association, and Garrowhill Action Partnership. In particular John is on the management committee of Tenant Controlled Housing which aims to give local tenants control of their housing in place of Glasgow Housing Association (GHA).

In his spare time, John enjoys hillwalking, Scottish history, reading, and is a member of Easterhouse Baptist Church.

John Mason



23 year old David is a first time council candidate; he is the Glasgow Convenor of the SNP’s Youth Wing, The Young Scots for Independence.

David born and raised on the Southside is proud to have been chosen as one of the SNP’s 2 candidates for the new Baillieston ward for the Glasgow City Council Elections standing for the along with the SNP’s council group Leader Councillor John Mason.

David is currently a full time volunteer adviser for the Greater Pollok Citizens advice bureau, putting him in the front line of dealing with the general public.

David is a committed and hard working SNP member and is devoted believer in independence, equality and social justice.




Grant Thoms (41) is a media adviser with a green energy trade association based in Glasgow. He has previously worked as a hotel manager, social worker, credit union manager, social business adviser and in public relations. Grant has extensive experience in community development, helping to develop credit unions and social enterprises, as well as having been previously a community councillor. All this experience has led Grant to believe that being a Nationalist means decentralising power to local people as much as taking power back from London. Grant is currently campaigning for a healthier Glasgow with a ban on trans fats used in takeaway food and improving the sustainability of housing.

Grant Thoms


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