Vote Holds As Candidates Witness Results

The results of the 2015 General Election were a mixed bag as candidates across the whole of the United Kingdom were delivered the verdict of the people as early as 6am on Friday.The Conservatives were returned to power without the need for a coalition, as the party gained 24 seats nationwide whilst Labour lost 26. The SNP were also big winners across Scotland, knocking out all but one Labour MP and reducing the Liberal Democrats to their now sole Scottish seat in Orkney and Shetland. David Mundell, our Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale held his seat and increased his share of the vote whilst the party came a close second in many other Scottish seats.In Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, our candidate Lee Lyons achieved a five-figure vote of 10,355 whilst Marc Hope, who contested the Central Ayrshire seat, gained 8,803 votes. 

Lyons Backs Week off for Carers

Local Scottish Conservative General Election candidate Lee Lyons is calling for more help for South Ayrshire carers.Mr Lyons, who is challenging for the Scottish Conservatives in the Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock constituency, said:“More than 660,000 people across Scotland act as unpaid carers – thousands of them here in Ayrshire – and I believe it’s time action was taken to strengthen their rights”.“Research shows that nearly four out of every ten carers have not had time off from their caring responsibilities lasting longer than two days.  It’s time that Scotland’s carers were given the break they need and deserve”.

Lyons Attacks SNP Over Dersalloch Scandal

Local Conservative candidate Lee Lyons has slammed the Scottish Government for driving through the Dersalloch windfarm development despite the plans being rejected by local people and also both East and South Ayrshire Council. ScottishPower Renewables, the firm that submitted the application, are seeking to erect 23 turbines on Dersalloch hill, roughly 4km to the east of the Ayrshire village of Straiton. Lee also attacked the fact that a public inquiry was refused, despite the Scottish Government receiving over 4700 objections to the development.

Hope in Call for Track Facility in Central Ayrshire

Conservative candidate Marc Hope visited the iconic Dam Park facility in Ayr this weekend to highlight the need for a similar facility in Central Ayrshire constituency.  Marc competed for Ayr Seaforth at a young age, participating in various tournaments at Dam Park and more recently led the team responsible for securing sponsorship for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. This included a major deal with athletics firm Mondo and some of the equipment provided from that agreement are now situated in Dam Park as part of the Commonwealth legacy for Ayrshire.

Cameron Launches UK Manifesto

The Prime Minister David Cameron launched the Conservative UK General Election manifesto at an event in Swindon. The document contained policies for working and aspirational people with measures to provide assitance to people throughout their lives. Some of the key measures noted include increasing the personal allowance again to take people on National Minimum Wage out of tax altogether, a plan to invest an additional £8bn into the NHS and a commitment to building 200,000 smart homes across the country. Many of the measures will only affect England because of devolution but pledges to increase spending in the NHS and on housing will have a positive knock on effect with additional funds being passed onto Holyrood via Barnett Consequentials.

Lee Lyons in Call for Fairer Tax

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Conservative candidate Lee Lyons has called on consumers to get behind the newly launched ‘Fair Tax Mark” campaign. The group was set up to help promote businesses that fully pay their fair share of taxes and to highlight which companies aren’t pulling their weight. Lee’s call comes after heavy criticism of major firms like HSBC for failing to pay their full share of taxation and general criticisms against corporate tax avoidance and evasion in general. 

Conservatives Record Largest Poll Lead Following ITV Debate

Conservatives topped a YouGov poll last night following the firs big debate on ITV which involved all of Britains main parties and some of the regional outfits. The poll placed the Conservatives on 37% - our highest poll rating since October 2013 - with Labour on 35% and the others trailing behind. The debate saw the Prime Minister speak about our clear plan to secure a better future for Britain which included creating another 2 million new and secure jobs, to yet again increase the personal allowance in the next Parliament and to yet again commit to our NHS. Our opponents on the other hand squabbled and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon committed to "keeping Ed Miliband honest" by propping up his party at Westminster.

Lyons Welcomes "Heathly High Street" Findings

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Conservative candidate Lee Lyons welcomed the recent report released by the Royal Society for Public Health which noted that Ayr High Street is the “second healthiest high street” in the UK. The study focused on 70 towns and cities across Britain, measuring the how healthy or unhealthy businesses are in their main shopping districts. The report aims to highlight high streets that “provide the public with healthy choices, support community cohesion and social interaction, promote access to health services and do much to support the individual wellbeing”. It also names and shames high streets that are “home to business activities which can have a detrimental effect on our health”.

A Budget For Scotland - Chancellor Presents Spring Budget To Parliament

The Chancellor George Osborne presented his 2015 Spring Budget to the House of Commons today in what has been lauded a "budget for Scotland". The budget contained a variety of major announcments designed to help continue Britains rapid economic growth and also to reward hardworking people across the country. Among those key announcements was the pledge to further increase the tax-free personal allowance to £11,000 by 2017/18. This will be an extra £4525 per annum made tax-free since the Conservatives took over in 2010. The Chancellor also pledged the third cut in a row to beer duty by 1% and also cider duty will be cut by 1% too which will be a very welcome boost to the industry. However the Chancellor also cut whisky duty by 2% which will be a major boost to the industry in Scotland which only recently reported a loss in annual net sales. The Chancellor froze fuel duty again, helping Britains motorists and has also pledged to tax diverted profits, tackling the scourge of major firms attempting to artificially move profits offshore.

Bridge Drive Success for Local Conservatives

South Ayrshire Conservative and Unionist Association held its inaugural Bridge Drive and Afternoon Tea to raise funds for our General Election campaign. 72 guests attended the event at St. Ninians Church Hall in Troon which saw a very competitive two hour session of bridge followed on by a sumptious afternoon tea, layed on by some of our dedicated volunteers. A raffle was also held and the top three bridge winners walked away with seasonal planters as their reward. Over £900 was raised from the event and special thanks go to Sarah Clapton for coordinating the afternoon tea and to Lorna Richmond for coordinating the bridge side of the day. (Pictured L to R: Association Chairman Gavin Scott, 2nd place winner Moira Barr, 1st place winner Katie Dykes, 3rd place winner Claire Cuthbertson and Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock candidate Lee Lyons)