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I was born in Belfast in May 1969 and lived most of my early life near Glengormley (County Antrim) on the outskirts of Belfast until a new work challenge brought me to South Lanarkshire in June 1997.

I have been married to Fiona a since 2001 and we live with our two sons (Mathew & Craig) in Strathaven, just off Hamilton Road.

I believe at the heart of every community is the local people and therefore, like so many others in this wonderful part of South Lanarkshire, Fiona and I try to give something back to our community:

 

For over a decade, Fiona ran the Thursday night Beaver group at the Strathaven Scout Hall, offering an extremely worthwhile outlet for energetic kids with an appetite for adventure.

 

I started my community life as part of a local residents group in Meadowside and then joined the Strathaven & District Round Table, which I chaired until I left in April 2013. During my time at SADRT, we raised tens of thousands pounds each year for worthy causes in the Strathaven area and I enjoyed the friendship of a like-minded group of guys.

With 30 years sales & marketing experience in the IT industry, working in partnership with the public sector, I have used this experience to work in partnership with the local community, my councillor colleagues and South Lanarkshire Council to try and make the Strathaven, Stonehouse and the wider Avondale area, the best community in South Lanarkshire.

 

I promised the people in Avondale, if they elected me to South Lanarkshire council, I would work on their behalf to secure a better deal for everyone, no matter their political bias!

 

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In 2007 and again in 2017, I was elected to council as a member of the Conservative & Unionist Party.

 

I have never hidden the fact that Ive been a lifelong supporter of the Conservative party because in my opinion, the Conservatives are the only UK political party that believe at the heart of everything we do, is hard work. I have a simple view:

 

       Our social services are precious and should only be a safety net and not the safety blanket that so many seem to enjoy and have built a life n and:

 

       Taxes are a fine balance! A balance for those who pay taxes and those who receive government services as a result of taxes collected. As a British citizen, living in the UK; Im happy to pay into a system that provides our health needs, our education, our roads and the myriad of other government services that supports a balanced economy.

 

I am also a unionist that believes that our United Kingdom is Better Together: our four nations (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland) held together with a strong government, delivering a nationwide set of policies that protects and serves our country, our culture and its citizens (AS ONE). I however have many friends who do not support my passion for our United Kingdom and while I respect their opinions, I will never support any political party or government who wish to break up the country I love and would die for.

 

When I received the mandate from the ward-5 voters, I promised that politics would end until the run-up to the next local election; so until then I will continue work in partnership with all political parties (where possible) to ensure we all deliver on our promises that we made prior to the local elections.

 

I have always stated that I am a team player and in partnership with Fiona, I intend to help everyone in Avondale and Stonehouse make this a truly fantastic place to live.

 

 

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Councillor Graeme Campbell

Council Offices Almada Street Hamilton ML3 0AA

Tel - 01698 454416 Mobile - 07825 583 905

E-Mail - graeme.campbell@southlanarkshire.gov.uk

 

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