The founding editor of a national newspaper has announced his campaign to be selected as Ayr's SNP MSP candidate.

Richard Walker, the founding editor of pro-independence paper The National hopes to become the SNP candidate to run for the seat currently held by Tory MSP John Scott.

Richard was brought up in Troon and was the editor of the Ayr Advertiser, before becoming a mainstay in national titles over a long and successful career.

In 2014, as editor of the Sunday Herald, he committed the title to support a Yes vote. 

Richard is current editor of the Sunday National. 

Today, he tweeted of his intention to represent Ayr. 

Richard said he would be "beyond proud" to be the MSP for the constituency where he has spent most his life.