Kyle Thornton is the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Councillor for Newlands/Auldburn - the community where he lives. This diverse ward includes Pollokshaws, Auldhouse, Newlands, Mansewood, Merrylee, Muirend, Eastwood, Cowglen, Pollok Country Park, Kennishead, Carnwadric, Arden and Regents Park.
Elected in 2017, Kyle is the Group Spokesperson for the Environment, Equalities and Democratic Reform and also serves as the Group Business Manager. He also serves as a Bailie of the City of Glasgow representing the city in a civic capacity on behalf of the Lord Provost. He was previously the Scottish Conservative candidate for Glasgow South and Glasgow Cathcart.
His focus on the Council has been varied including focusing on how to improve and support Glasgow’s parks and greenspaces, championing small business, pushing for the devolution of decision making to local communities and pushing for greater protection of Glasgow’s historic built environment and conservation areas.
Outside of politics, Kyle, a University of Glasgow graduate, works as an operations manager for a logistics company. He was previously Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament and served on several other charity boards. He won a Glasgow Community Champion Award for his community work in 2012.
In his spare time, Kyle likes to read biographies of notable leaders, travel and indulge in sampling gins.