chief spokesman, SDP Scotland; former spokesperson, Business for Britain in Scotland; campaigner, Better Together
Mev Brown became active in politics in 2004 when he joined the Conservatives. He stood in the Edinburgh East constituency in the 2005 General Election, but left the party soon after and was politically homeless before joining the SDP in April, 2019.
During the 2014 independence referendum, Mev campaigned with ‘Better Together’ to defend the union and wrote ‘Scottish banknotes: an uncertain future’, which explained the currency debate. In 2016 he was the chief spokesman for Business for Britain in Scotland, affiliated with the Vote Leave campaign. This campaign gave him invaluable experience in polling.
Career-wise, Mev worked in the defence sector for five years, briefly in the oil sector before moving to the recruitment sector for over 10 years. In 2002 he joined an Edinburgh charity, working in a drop-in day centre and crisis night shelter. Here he gained exposure to homelessness, rough sleeping, benefits, poverty, drug and alcohol abuse.
He is an experienced writer with an emphasis on law and order, housing, drug and alcohol abuse and general policy failure, noting: ‘The main reason policy fails is because of loopholes in legislation. The main cause of loopholes is politicians, they simply do not understand how society works.’
Follow Mev on Twitter: @mevbrown
Saturday 2 November, 10:00 Exhibition Hall 1
What is the future of the Union?
Saturday 2 November, 12:00 Conservatory
Drugs and the state: do as we say, not as we do?