David was born in Rutherglen Maternity Hospital in Glasgow in 1982 and spent most of his life in Cambuslang. He never left Glasgow but in 1995 Glasgow left him when local authority reorganisation rezoned Rutherglen & Cambuslang into the newly created South Lanarkshire.
David has always been political, one of his earliest political memories is being woken up by his Nana the morning after the 1987 UK General Election and being heartbroken to hear Labour had lost. At Primary School when he received homework that required him to use the word “witch” in a sentence he wrote “Maggie Thatcher is a witch”. Such was the political atmosphere of the time instead of receiving a reprimand from his teacher he received a gold star.
At 18, David joined the Scottish Socialist Party eventually becoming Secretary of the Rutherglen, Cambuslang & Blantyre branch. In 2009 he travelled on a SSP delegation to Cuba as guests of the Cuban Communist Party. He have also been actively involved with the pro Independence movement having been involved with both “Yes Rutherglen” and a founding member of “Yes Blantyre”. In 2015 he resigned from the SSP in protest at their affiliation with RISE. His intention to step back from politics lasted a year when he joined the Scottish Green Party in the wake of the UK’s vote on Brexit. David is currently CoConvenor of the South Lanarkshire Greens.
After studying Immunology & Microbiology at Strathclyde University he changed career direction and has spent most of his career working in Social Care. From 2008-2014 David worked with Turning Point Scotland, with individuals with a history of homelessness and addiction and still retain an interest in these issues. David also has an interest in Carer issues, being a carer for his mother in 2013 after the death of my stepfather in the Clutha Disaster. David currently lives in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire with his mother, Margaret, his wife Caroline and their two daughters Molly & Megan.
Some of David’s other interests in no particular order are, Celtic Football Club, Lamb Tikka, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pro Wrestling, Game of Thrones, vodka, The Roman Empire, The Rocky Horror Show and stand-up comedy.