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 Davidson Launches Scottish Conservative Manifesto

Scottish Conservative and Unionist leader Ruth Davidson today launched the party's manifesto for the Scottish Elections being held on May 5th. As Ruth noted at the meeting held in Glasgow this morning, the manifesto was a radical shift from past manifestos. As opposed to setting out a set of measures with the assumption that the party will enter Government, Ruth Davidson announced that in the short term, it was important that the party aim to become Scotland's official opposition. Alongside consistent campaign messages that the party will always back our United Kingdom, will oppose tax rises and also hold the SNP firmly to account, Ruth Davidson also announced a raft of policy messures that new Scottish Conservative MSP's will champion if elected.

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. 

Lyons Hits the Campaign Trail

Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Conservative candidate Lee Lyons visited Dundonald on Saturday 6th February to talk to local residents about the upcoming Scottish elections. Lee received a very positive response on the doorsteps and many issues were raised by local people, particularlythe failure of the SNP in Government and the lack of opposition from Labour. Local residents were united in their feeling that they want a strong opposition to hold the SNP to account and prevent Scotland becoming a one party state. Lee Lyons and the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party are committed to being that strong Scottish alternative at Holyrood after May 5th.

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.