Cumbernauld councillor seeks out Holyrood seat
Cumbernauld Scottish Nationalist-turned independent councillor Paddy Hogg has been selected to stand in the Scottish Parliament elections – for a party he is leading himself.
Councillor Hogg, who describes himself as a Vitamin D Campaigner and a nutritional health advocate with a pro-Christian slant, will fight the Central Scotland List regional seat on behalf of the Saving Scotland party.
However, he admits he will be doing so as an independent on the regional list due to the party failing to be registered in time to put out official campaign literature.
Councillor Hogg explained: “The Saving Scotland team have a Four Pillar manifesto covering policies on health, education, the economy and the environment.
"It blends the economics of Adam Smith with Smith’s book on morals, to campaign for a moral economy and local ethical business money within the community to demand 50,000 new social homes per year.
"We favour cheaper energy and heating for all through hydro electric development, greater support for small business and better employability training to eradicate the scourge of unemployment. The key message from our proposals is that poverty kills and costs us all in finance and lives.
Mr Hogg opposes lockdown and was arrested in Edinburgh last September September after being accused of organising a demonstration. Many readers will recognise him as key figure in the quest to keep Abronhill High School open.