A RETIRED Greenock teacher and volunteer port chaplain is standing as an independent candidate in the Scottish Parliament election.
John Burleigh has launched his campaign, hoping to take votes off the four other hopefuls who are all representing political parties.
Mr Burleigh — also known for his Burns Bunnet business — said: “I am keen to be part of the rebuilding of Inverclyde with wise investments and a belief in the untapped potential that exists and to bring a season of light and a spring of hope to our communities.
“As an independent candidate, I am not subject to party politics.”
Mr Burleigh taught in local schools for 20 years and has been a voluntary port chaplain for the last 15 years.
He said “I want to see Gourock/Greenock Harbours realise their ‘natural’ facilities as maritime hubs for a Continental cruise car ferry service to Santander in Spain via Dun Laoghaire. This will bring economic recovery through tourism, trade and transport.
Mr Burleigh is also proposing a relief road from the top of Earnhill Road, Greenock to join up with Castle Levan as a solution to traffic congestion.
He is also focusing on addiction, health, education, employment and climate change issues.
The election takes place on 6 May.