Former Student Voice Ambassador Contests Alex Salmond

Braden newFormer KEVI Sixth Form Student, Braden Davy, tells us how being part of Student Voice has helped him in developing his career and now contesting Alex Salmond in the next election.

“My name is Braden Davy, and I attended KEVI Sixth Form, after attending what used to be Hirst High School for my GCSEs. I am originally from a council estate in Ashington, and one of the biggest things which attracted me to attend KEVI, was the Student Voice Department and the extra-curricular activities it offered.

I applied and was accepted in to KEVI to study my A levels, and later became aware of a position working within the Student Voice Department.  It was a fantastic opportunity, helping younger students in the school get active and get involved in how the school was led. This included for example launching student-led clubs ranging from sign language to chinese, and making sure KEVI was involved in the wider county youth activities, the Northumberland Youth Cabinet and UK Youth Parliament. It was because of this role, that I was offered a position on the Prime Minister’s Global Fellowship Programme, where I spent 7 weeks in China.

I am confident my involvement within Student Voice was fundamental to successfully achieving a place at Durham University, and achieving straight A grades at A level.

Since leaving Durham University,  I have lived and worked in the North East of Scotland.  I have been involved with the Labour Party since moving to Scotland, and I later applied for a position working for Dame Anne Begg MP for Aberdeen South and Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee. I now work as her Parliamentary Assistant.

During this time, I also stood for the local council as a Labour candidate, and volunteered for the ‘Better Together’ campaign as a Youth Rep – the campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom. Earlier this year I put my name in for the Scottish Labour selection for the constituency of Gordon, the seat which I have lived and worked in. I was selected by local Labour members in November 2014. That seat is also well known, as Alex Salmond will be contesting it for the Scottish National Party.

I am the second youngest Labour candidate in Scotland, and the fourth youngest anywhere in the UK. I am greatly looking forward to contesting Alex Salmond!”