Gavin Andrew Stuart Newlands MP (born 2 February 1980) is a Scottish National Party politician. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, after being elected at the Westminster election in May 2015. Newlands is the first Scottish National Party politician to win the seat.
Newlands was born in the old Paisley Maternity Hospital in 1980 and raised in the town of Renfrew, where he currently resides with wife, Lynn and their two children. He was educated at Renfrew's St James' Primary and Trinity High School. While enrolled at James Watt College, Newlands was offered a promotion in his part-time job, and dropped out of college.
Newlands has been a member of the SNP for 25 years. He joined the youth wing of the party in 1992, getting involved during the campaigns against the poll tax. He became a local community council councillor for Renfrew in 2011 and has supported local causes, including a West of Scotland foodbank.
Newlands was a member of Paisley Rugby Club for 16 years, serving as club captain for three years.
Newlands was selected to stand for election for the Scottish National Party (SNP) in January 2015 after securing the support of local party members following an internal selection process. He was elected to the House of Commons at the 2015 Westminster election when he overturned the incumbent Labour MP's 15,280 majority and emerged with a majority of 9,076 votes for himself - representing a 26.47% swing to Newlands and the SNP.
The constituency office for Gavin Newlands is in Porterfield Road, in Renfrew