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Kenneth Stevenson

Kenneth Stevenson is a Labour Party candidate in Airdrie and Shotts constituency in the UK Parliamentary general election.

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I grew up and went to school in Shotts where my dad worked in Timpo Toys and my mum in Torrance’s Drapers.

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When I left school, I started an engineering apprenticeship with Cummins Diesel Engines and worked there for 16 years until the plant closure. The engineering qualifications I gained in Cummins helped me to secure employment with engineering firms such as Terex, Hyster and BAE Systems in the UK and allowed me to work in France, Germany and America.

My apprenticeship with Cummins gave me education and skills but it also opened up lots of job opportunities too. I wanted other young people to benefit from apprenticeships just as I had, and as a result I decided that I needed to obtain the qualification to allow me to pass on those skills to future generations. Whilst still working I completed an Open University Degree and I am now a Senior Lecturer in Engineering with Glasgow Clyde College.

Working in Further Education I have seen first - hand the cuts being made in schools and colleges across the country and it is one of the reasons I am standing in this May’s elections. The decisions North Lanarkshire Council make affects the life chances of every young person in North Lanarkshire and I am determined that we have a Council which will invest in our schools and young people.

Over the last seven years I have also been involved in British Council employability projects around the world, advising vocational colleges on training and delivering workshops on employability to employers, local Chambers of Commerce, community groups and charities. I am determined to fight to put the villages and communities of Fortissat ward first and use my skills and expertise to make sure that when there is public money being spent it also creates jobs and opportunities for local people.

When I grew up in Shotts there was plenty of local employment. I am concerned that educational attainment for local young people is falling, that there aren’t enough local jobs. As a councillor for Fortissat ward I would use my experience in these areas. However, one of the most important things I have learned in life, is to listen to others and over the last few months I have been out and about meeting and listening to people across the ward. I am grateful to all of those who have spoken to me or replied to our residents’ survey. It is clear that better roads and lighting, better access to health services, reducing litter on our streets, a better funded NHS, better educational attainment for their children and a reduction in crime are all important to them.

These issues are important to me too and that is why I am asking for people to vote for me on Thursday 4th of May. As a councillor for Fortissat I would work hard to make sure that communities and residents across the ward are listened to and get their fair share.

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Kenneth Stevenson's elections

Date Election Party Results Position
2024 Airdrie and Shotts: UK Parliamentary general election Labour Party (Results due after 04 July 2024) Position not available
2022 Fortissat: North Lanarkshire local election Labour Party We do not collect voting data for Single Transferable Vote elections. Position not available
2021 Airdrie and Shotts: UK Parliamentary by-election Labour Party 8,372 votes (not elected) 2nd / 8 candidates
2017 Fortissat: North Lanarkshire Council local election Labour Party We do not collect voting data for Single Transferable Vote elections. Position not available
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