Kick short-term funding into the long grass - Gavin Brown MSP explains why Scotlandís Conservatives believe real social change doesnít come from hand-to-mouth third sector funding
Gavin hosts Third Sector meeting - Third sector organisations in Scotland should receive longer term funding than the usual 12-month cycle, the Scottish Conservatives have said.
Gavin Brown (37) lives in Edinburgh and is a Conservative MSP for the Lothian region. He is married to Hilary and has three young children - a daughter and two sons.
He is the Conservative Spokesperson for Finance. He sits on the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament and is the Co-Convener of the Cross Party Group on Skills.
Gavin was previously the Conservative spokesperson for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism - he is also a former Convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee of the Scottish Parliament.
He was involved in the Conservative team that secured 1,000 extra police officers, a Council Tax freeze, the scrapping of business rates for many small businesses and a Town Centre Regeneration Fund for the people of Scotland.
Gavin was also instrumental in ensuring the Edinburgh Bed Tax was rejected and led the fight against the drop-off rip-off at Edinburgh Airport. In addition he has put severe pressure on the Scottish Government to reduce the practice of mere fiscal fines for violent offences.
In 2009, Gavin won the 'One to Watch' award at the Politician of the Year Awards.
Prior to going into politics Gavin was a lawyer at one of Scotland's most respected legal firms. He also started up a training business, which he still runs.
In his spare time, Gavin trains in Tae Kwon-Do (he holds a black belt) and long-distance running.
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