THE former national convener of the SNP’s youth wing aims to become Scotland’s youngest MSP at the 2021 elections.

Gavin Lundy campaigned around the country while heading up Young Scots for Independence.

Now the 23-year-old has his sights set on one location – Ayr. He’s seeking to contest that constituency at the forthcoming Scottish Parliament election.

If successful, he could replace Ross Greer of the Scottish Greens as the “baby of the House” by a margin of three years. Greer, now 26, was just 21 when he was elected in 2016.

An SNP win in Tory-held Ayr would also be the first since the Scottish Parliament was brought back in 1999.

The constituency is currently represented by John Scott, a former deputy presiding officer who has served the area since winning a 2000 by-election and secured almost 40% of the vote last time around.

Lundy, who serves on the SNP’s Member Conduct Committee, hails from Ayrshire and has worked for several elected members. He said: “Ayr is a community diverse in wealth and circumstance and it has its own unique challenges that we often risk overlooking. It needs a voice that will speak for everyone regardless of your income, who you are, or where you come from.

“Scotland’s parliament needs members with a broad range of age and experience. The next parliament could well be the one that guides us towards independence and through the hard work of building a new nation. We need knowledge, new ideas, and new voices. It would truly be an honour to be one of those voices – for Ayr, and for Scotland.”