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General election 2015 - Conservative candidate chosen for East Renfrewshire Print E-mail

Published 17th December 2014

David Montgomery has recently been chosen by the Conservative Party to contest the East Renfrewshire seat at the 2015 General Election.

Newsline understands that he currently resides in Dumbreck, Glasgow.

Mr Montgomery's history has been taken from his linkedIn profile.

I am currently Medical Director - Oncology for the UK and Republic of Ireland. In this capacity, I sit on a number of important UK committees and organisations, most notably as industry member for the national Cancer Drugs Fund (nCDF) and on the NCRI scientific meeting programme committee.

I am the Conservative parliamentary candidate for the East Renfrewshire constituency at the 2015 general election.

In addition to my professional experiences, I have completed the diploma in pharmaceutical medicine, hold membership of the faculty of pharmaceutical medicine (MFPM) and I am on the GMC Specialist Register with the specialty of Pharmaceutical Medicine

Prior to industry, I worked in the NHS as a junior doctor, junior surgical trainee, surgical research fellow and finally surgical registrar between 2001 and 2008. I passed the membership exam for the Royal College of Surgeons in Glasgow and continue to hold the MRCS.

My specialist interest was in general surgery and I undertook my research in breast cancer, specifically looking at mechanisms of relapse detection and follow up. I have published extensively in this area, spoken at national and international meetings on the topic and continue to review papers on this subject for major medical journals.

I am a keen cyclist, with an interest in both road cycling and mountain biking. I also collect (and sometimes drink) wine, especially those of Australia and Bordeaux.

Specialties: Oncology, surgical oncology, pharmaceutical medicine

East Ren Tories have a new leadership team Print E-mail

Published 17th December 2014

The new leader of the Conservative group is Gordon McCaskill and his deputy is Stewart Miller.

They replace Gordon Wallace and Jim Swift who stood down recently.

Gordon McCaskill

Stewart Miller

Complaints against East Ren Councillors on the rise Print E-mail

Published 14th December 2014

Complaints to the†Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland concerning Councillors alleged conduct, appears to be on the increase. However decisions against the councillors remain low.


2010 Allegation against: Councillors Elaine Green and Alan Lafferty

Decision Not Guilty


2011 Allegation against: Councillor Mary Montague

Decision Guilty


2012 Allegation against: Councillor Ian McAlpine

Decision Not Guilty


2014†Allegation against: Councillor Jim Fletcher

Decision Not Guilty

2014 Allegation against: Councillor Kenny Hay

Decision Not Guilty

2014†Allegation against: Councillor Jim Fletcher

Decision Not Guilty

2014 Allegation against: Councillor Alastair Carmichael

Decision Not Guilty

2014 Allegation against: Councillor Danny Devlin

Decision Not Guilty

2014 Allegation against: Councillor Barbara Grant

Decision Guilty

2014 has seen an increase to six complaints against East Renfrewshire Councillors. 2010 /11 /12 saw only one each year, with none in 2013.

The full details of these cases can be accessed at

Do ERC have their very own Mystic Meg? Print E-mail

Published 11th December 2014

East Renfrewshire Council have a member of staff who apparently can predict the future.

On 5th December 2014 the PR section put out a statement on the council web site that said "The new Barrhead High School is now full steam ahead - after a new site was chosen for the replacement secondary. Work is set to start next year on a stunning new campus in Cowan Park. The site is next to the existing school, where the Johnny Kelly Pavilion is."

NEWSLINE understands that " A paper will go up to Council on the 17th December asking for approval to proceed."

We had asked of Louisa Mahon, Head of Press and Publicity how she could come by these facts but she has failed to answer.

Therefore we required to pursue this via an FOI request.

Under this legislation Ms Mahon requires to respond as soon as possible and in any case within 20 working days.

We would hope that she will be in a position to provide an answer soon.

Has this matter been pre judged or does a member of staff have a Crystal Ball, as even more astonishingly on the 11th December 2014 the agenda for the meeting being held on the 17th is not displayed on the council web site.

Councillor Barbara Grant found guilty Print E-mail

Published 2nd December 2014

AT a standards commission hearing held today Tuesday 2nd December 2014 Councillor Barbara Grant of East Renfrewshire Council was found guilty of breaching the councillorís code of conduct.

Councillor Grant had been accused of contravening section 3.2 of the councillorís code of conduct that relates to their requirement to respect everyone present during these meetings of the Council.

The incident occurred whilst she was sitting on the Planning Applications Committee.

She was found guilty of failing to do so and was censored by the commission at the hearing held today at the Busby Hotel.

Deputy Chief Executive Caroline Innes was observed seated in the public gallery throughout the hearing. (A course stated that it was very unusual for a Chief Executive to attend and support a Cllr)

Councillor Grant is now the third East Renfrewshire Councillor to be added to the hall of shame.

Cllr Devlin has twice been up before the commission on different charges and found guilty on both occasions, Councillor Montague has appeared on one occasion she was also found guilty of contravening the code by failing to make declarations.

Councillor Grant (Conservative representative for Newton Mearns) has been asked for comment but she has failed to respond.

Cllr Barbara Grant

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