Transcript from Martin Dowey, group leader of the South Ayrshire Conservative and Unionists:
Hello again. We are now into week 3 of our lockdown.
First, I would like to pass on my personal and the association's best wishes to our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Boris: our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time, we wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to you getting back to full health and running the country.
Now I know it's hard. It's hard for everyone to stay away from loved ones, especially at Easter. But we all need to follow the rules. The rules are there to protect us and our loved ones we can't visit.
The COVID-19 virus does not make distinctions between friends, family or strangers. It's a silent enemy that can kill indiscriminately. So please, please, stay indoors, only go out when absolutely necessary and wash your hands. We will all get through this together by following the basic rules.
The Prime Minister and Chancellor have provided billions of pounds in relief to try and mitigate the worst of this natural disaster. So if you need advice or help, please don't hesitate to contact me on the number and email provided, or other Conservative councillors and we will help you to get through this.
I have however been contacted by a number of small businesses regarding the Scottish Government not passing on the full business grants to those businesses. I have contacted our Shadow Finance Secretary, Donald Cameron MSP, and made him fully aware of the problems we are experiencing in South Ayrshire. But, please, if you are affected sign the petition on this site to get this reversed. This is about fairness, not politics. The money has been allocated by the Chancellor. It's the Scottish Government that's chosen to spend it on other things. Small and medium businesses are the drivers and lifeblood of our economy. The Chancellor recognised this, and hence he allocated funds to protect them. If we do not act quickly, most if not all small to medium businesses in Scotland will struggle to survive this lockdown.
Finally, please stay indoors, stay safe, and help protect our brilliant NHS. I wish you all a happy and healthy Easter and hope to speak to you again soon.
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