Council elections: The tales behind a few of Scotland’s new councillors

Conner Young


By Chelsea Rocks
BBC News Scotland

Last Thursday, Scotland elected more than 1,200 councillors across 32 councils.

Many of them are now getting their first taste of politics after being elected as local representatives for the first time.

So why did they decide to stand? Here’s an introduction to some of the new faces elected across the five main parties.

‘I don’t want to be known as the blind councillor, I want to be known for what I achieve’

Image source, Scottish Conservatives

One of Scotland’s youngest councillors to be elected on 5 May was Conner Young, who currently studies social sciences at Fife College.

The 18-year-old decided to join the Scottish Conservatives in early 2020, following the general election in December 2019.

“I’ve been interested in politics since I was nine years old, I used to visit my grandmother’s and listen to the portable radio,” he said.

“It sparked my interest but at the time I didn’t understand what different parties stood for.”

Brexit was the main driver…