Bill Grant MP has informed the local association of his intention to not seek re-election at the next UK General Election.
In his letter he says "This has be a difficult decision to take. I have served my country in some form of public servie for fifty-three years, ad to leave that service now when the country is facing such an enormour challenge has been difficult to consider. However, I have always maintained that I intended to serve one term only, albeit in this case it looks to be only two-and-a-half years rather than the anticipated five.
I have felt immensely proud and privileged to serve the constituency. I wish to thank all my constituents who supported me in 2017 and those who have in recent weeks indicated that they would support me in the forthcoming election, including a number of those who are not traditionally Conservative voters. To these people who had faith in me, a heartfelt thank you.
I have throughout my time in office endeavoured to put my costituents first and serve them to the best of my abilities. Constituents who granted me the privilege of learning about their live and businesses, or to participate in their local events. I wish whoever they choose to elect the best of luck and hope they will serve my former constituents well. I certainly intend to remain involved locally, even if it is just to go back to the litter-picking!"
(The rest of Bill Grant's letter can be seen here - https://www.billgrant.org.uk/news/forthcoming-general-election)
Bill worked hard alongside the association to win the seat, and has worked hard as MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock. The South Ayrshire Conservative and Unionist Association would like to thank Bill for his years of hard work.
A new candidate for the constituency will at some point be selected.