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AGM Cancellation

We regret to announce that we are postponing our Annual General Meeting (AGM) due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. This meeting was scheduled to take place on Saturday 21 March 2020. 

Martin Dowey Selected for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

The South Ayrshire Association are delighted to announce that Martin Dowey has been selected as the Scottish Conservative & Unionist candidate for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock at the next General Election.

South Ayrshire Budget

In South Ayrshire, the SNP, Labour and Independent administration passed a budget that will increase Council Tax by 4.79%, which is higher than the previous 3% cap. On top of the council tax increase; special uplift charges were increased, allotment charges were increased, 15 teachers posts delet

Conservatives Lead the Way at Prestwick Prom

South Ayrshire Conservatives continued their bottle stall tour at the Prestwick Prom on Saturday 13th August.

With no Labour or SNP representation at the Prom, the Conservatives took centre stage and raised nearly £250.00 on the day. 

Conservatives On Summer Gala Tour!

Local Conservatives are mid-way through the annual tour of gala days across South Ayrshire. Thus far, stalls have been held at the Holy Fair in Ayr, Kirkmichael Gala Day, Maybole Gala Day and most recently the Ballantrae Gala Day. Record takings have been received at all stalls and there are still more to go! Over the coming months, local Conservatives will hold stalls at gala days in Prestwick and Troon and then a final stall at the annual Scottish Airshow event in September.

Tory Triumph in Ayr as John Scott Holds Seat

Local Conservatives celebrated following major gains across Scotland as a result of the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary Elections. Longstanding Ayr MSP John Scott was re-elected to serve the people of Ayr, Troon and Prestwick for a fourth term after a tough battle with the SNP. John saw his vote rise from 12,997 in 2011 to 16,183 giving him a majority of 750 votes. Meanwhile in neighbouring Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, candidate Lee Lyons almost doubled the Conservative vote from 2011, finishing with a very respectable 7,666 votes in a constituency that used to be a major mining hub. His vote share increased by nearly 10%, a figure that was near replicated across many of Scotland's 75 constituencies. (Photo credited to Euan McColl, Ayrshire Post Online, 06/05/2016.)

Ruth Speaks to Packed Ayr Meeting

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party leader Ruth Davidson addressed an audience of 140 members, supporters and activists at the Mercure Hotel in Ayr on Saturday 2nd April to speak about why only the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party can be the most effective opposition to the SNP. Ruth also backed local candidates John Scott who is seeking re-election to serve the people of Ayr, Troon and Prestwick in the Scottish Parliament and also Lee Lyons who is running in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Constituency. In her speech to members, Ruth highlighted the comments made by Labour leader Kezia Dugdale where she indicated that she "could vote for independence" in the future. Ruth stated that this shows Labour can't be trusted with the Union and as such will continue to be paltry opposition to the SNP.

AGM Held to Elect New Committee

South Ayrshire Conservatives held our Annual General Meeting at the Abbotsford Hotel in Ayr to update members over the activities of the year and to elect the next committee to continue the work that we do locally. Following the sad loss of our Honorary President, Lady Diana Younger, the meeting decided to nominate and adopt local resident and party stalwart Peter Gardner to the role, alongside our other serving Honorary President Rosemary Findlay MBE. Following the elections, Gavin Scott was formally re-elected as Chairman by the meeting, with Cllr Bill Grant and John Scott MSP continuing on as Deputy Chairmen; Finance and Political respectively. Christian Lamont was also readopted as Treasurer. Many of our ordinary members were re-elected and we also welcomed Louise Crosbie onto the committee.Both John Scott MSP and Cllr Bill Grant gave speeches updating the meeting about their work at Holyrood and on South Ayrshire Council respectively.