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Lyons Slams Young Farmers Funding Cut

Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Lee Lyons has slammed the Scottish Government over their announcement to cut the annual grant to the Scottish Young Farmers.A Scottish Government spokeswoman confirmed that the Young Farmers annual £66,000 grant is being cut completely, representing just over a 10% hit to the group’s annual operating budget.The Scottish Young Farmers represent young people who live in rural communities across Scotland and several hundred members are in and around Ayrshire. Lee Lyons said: “I am disappointed that the SNP have decided to completely cut the annual grant given to Scottish Young Farmers. It is a vital group which helps bring together over 3,500 young people from some of the most isolated parts of Scotland and this cut will almost certainly have a negative impact on the way the organisation operates.

Lyons Welcomes Recycling Improvements in South Ayrshire

Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Lee Lyons has welcomed the recent statistics showing an increase in recycling in South Ayrshire but is calling on the council to do more to promote recycling in the area. Figures show that over the last year, 50% of household waste in South Ayrshire was recycled which was up by 5.7% on the previous year and saw South Ayrshire Council move from 13th to 12th out of all local authorities across Scotland. The figures showed that Inverclyde was the top performing council area with residents recycling 56.8% of household waste. 

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".

Cameron Pledges to "Finish the Fight for Real Equality" in Manchester Conference Speech

The Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to tackle inequality as part of his hour long speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on Wednesday 7th October.David Cameron used his address to make a passionate call to end any inequalities that society presents to people based on their gender, sexual orientation, skin colour, faith or disability. He said that "we can talk all we want about opportunity, but it's meaningless unless people are really judged equally". Other major topics included pledges to tackle extremism, a commiment on furthering home ownership and a rallying call in favour of the Union.

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."