Local News

Conservatives Celebrate Christmas with Baroness Goldie

South Ayrshire Conservatives and Unionists held our annual Christmas Lunch at Lochgreen House Hotel in Troon on Saturday 12th December. A packed room of 75 guests were in attendance to hear Annabel Goldie MSP speak and also enjoy a two course festive lunch. Annabel, who was elevated to the House of Lords in 2013, spoke about the importance of the Union, the need for local Conservatives to get out and speak to voters ahead of the 2016 Scottish Elections and also gave some of the very witty analogies that Annabel has become reknowned for. The event raised just over £800 after costs, including £510 from the successful raffle. The Association would like to extend its thanks to Lochgreen House Hotel, the staff and all our guests for ensuring yet another successful fundraising lunch.

Former Conservative Provost Winnie Sloan Dies at 70

Winifred Sloan, the former Conservative Councillor and Provost for South Ayrshire has died aged 70 following a long battle with cancer.Winnie served as a councillor for many years in the Ayr Seafield and Ayr Old Belmont wards before being elected to serve in Ayr East in 2007 under the new boundaries, following the emergence of multi-member wards in Scottish Local Government.Winnie was elected by fellow councillors to serve as the Provost for South Ayrshire Council in January 2006 and served in that role until she stepped down from local politics in 2012.During her long career, she worked as a policewoman in Paisley before entering elected politics.She was also a longstanding fundraiser, raising thousands for various charities.  The Association would like to pay tribute to Winnie for her service and dedication to the town of Ayr and the people who live there and across the county and also pay respect to her husband Drew and her wider family.

Local Candidates Announced for Scottish Elections

Candidates standing in next year's Scottish Elections in the South Ayrshire area have been announced with sitting MSP John Scott to stand again in Ayr Constituency. John, who was famously elected in the 2000 Ayr by-election and subsequently in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 Scottish Parliamentary Elections, will contest the seat alongside Lee Lyons who was selected by members to stand in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley ward. Both candidates have already began campaigning and speaking to local people ahead of the ballot next May and will fight for every vote.

Mundell Visit to South Ayrshire to Thank Volunteers

The Secretary of State for Scotland, The Rt. Hon. David Mundell MP attended a recent party held by South Ayrshire Conservatives to thank volunteers for their efforts over the last 12 months. The party was held following the General Election campaign and the recent Ayr East by-election and some 40 guests attended the event.David Mundell was in Ayr visiting local businesses and meeting with South Ayrshire Council to discuss projects and plans to improve the area and make South Ayrshire better for local residents. The Secretary of State spoke to local party activists about the recent set of elections and also about the constitutional situation, specifically about the progress being made with the new Scotland Bill following the recommendations set out in the Smith Commission as part of our commitment to delivering "the Vow".

Conservatives Take By Election Down to the Wire!

Last nights by-election went down to the wire as Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate Dan McCroskrie narrowly lost out to the SNP by 35 votes after the 4 stage of counting. Dan McCroskrie beat the SNP by 20 votes on 1st preferences, however it wasn't enough to ensure election at the first stage. Prefences from the Greens, Labour and the Independent candidate Andy Bryden allowed John Wallace (SNP) to become the new councillor for the ward. Despite this, the Conservatives took comfort in the fact that we topped the poll on 1st preferences and we increased our share of the vote by 5.5% in comparison to the last local council election in 2012.

AYR EAST BY-ELECTION - POLLING DAY

On Thursday 17th September, polling stations across the Ayr East ward will be opening at 7am for the local council by-election to take place. Local Conservative candidate Dan McCroskrie and his team have knocked on every door in the ward at least once over the last two months. We have spoken to thousands of voters over the phone or on the doorstep and have delivered over 20,000 leaflets to homes. There is a straight choice. A local Conservative candidate who cares passionately about Ayr or the SNP who are fixated on delivering independence whilst ignoring the issues that people actually care about.

Conservatives Out in Force Across Ayr East

Activists were out in full force on Saturday 22nd August to help our local candidate Dan McCroskrie out with his campaign to succeed Corri Wilson as Councillor for Ayr East.Dan was joined by MSP's John Scott and Conservative Deputy Leader Jackson Carlaw and also local councillors Peter Convery, Mary Kilpatrick and Bill Grant. Over 20 activists helped out on the day.Following on from the campaign day, Dan said: "I was delighted at the turnout of hardworking Conservative activists to help me with my campaign. Unlike the other parties, Conservatives value each and every vote and take nothing for granted. I want to speak to as many local residents as possible, hear their concerns and try to offer solutions. That is the kind of councillor I will be if I am successful on the 17th September."

Continue Our Great Record in South Ayrshire Council

On Thursday 17th September there will be a by-election to select a new councillor for the Ayr East ward to replace Corri Wilson following her election to Westminster in May.The SNP are attempting to use this by-election to attack our record running South Ayrshire Council. We are proud of our record over the last 8 years but we know that there is still more to do.Since we took office in 2007, we have produced a balanced budget every single year and built up our reserves so that we can be more secure in difficult times. We are a living wage employer and we have embarked on the construction of new social housing in some of our most deprived areas. 

Conservatives Announce Ayr East Candidate

South Ayrshire Conservative and Unionist Association have selected local activist Dan McCroskrie to contest the upcoming Ayr East by-election, due to be held on Thursday 17th September 2015. The by-election comes as a result of the resignation of Cllr. Corri Wilson who was elected as to sit in Westminster at the UK General Election in May. Born, brought up and educated in Ayr, Dan is passionate about his local community and holds particular interest in town centre regeneration, fixing the roads and investing in housing. Following his selection, Dan said: "It is an honour to be able to stand in this election. I want to do it because I fundamentally believe in helping people with their day-to-day issues and finding solutions to problems. If I am elected to serve the people of Ayr East I promise to be an accessible councillor and help every individual in the community".Ayr East includes Forehill, Holmston, Castlehill, Masonhill, Kincaidston, Old Belmont and Belmont.  

John Scott MSP Calls on Roundabout Review

Conservative MSP for Ayr, John Scott has called on the Scottish Government to review the unsafe Whitletts Roundabout, following reports that there have been 41 major accidents on the roundabout in the last decade making it one of the least safe roundabouts in Scotland.Speaking to the Ayrshire Post, John said:"There is now a clear case for an investigation by the Scottish Government. I have contacted the Scottish Transport Minister to outline my concerns and to urge him to instruct an investigation to establish what action can be taken.It may be that improved road markings or signage is part of the solution, or that other more extensive steps are needed. We were told when the last improvement was made we would not be getting an over or underpass due to the level of traffic. But with these accidents and more housing it needs looked at again. In any event, these casualty figures cannot be ignored and I am looking for an assurance that an assessment will be made and an action plan drawn up and implemented.” *