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)

Scottish Conservatives Launch Rural Manifesto

The Scottish Conservatives have launched an action plan for rural Scotland calling for more powers and more opportunities for all.The plan ranges from a call to accelerate the roll out of superfast broadband to increasing the number of affordable homes for families who can’t afford high rents.Scotland is already becoming one of the most centralised countries in the western world, the party warns today, with too much power concentrated in the M8 corridor.Today’s plan is focused on spreading power down into our towns and villages – giving communities the right to decide on windfarms in their area, and demanding a review of the Police Scotland set up.It also is aimed at delivering more opportunities for rural areas – supporting upgrades to transport infrastructure and a balanced package of land reform proposals.

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Candidate Welcomes Public Confidence in British Economy

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Conservative candidate Lee Lyons welcomed the recent polling in the constituency by Lord Ashcroft which showed a majority of constituents are confident about the state of the British economy. In the poll conducted between the 10th-19th February, 57% of respondents in the constituency were confident that the British economy will fare well over the next year for the country and 63% believed that the British economy will fare well over the next year for their own family.

Candidates Welcome Fall in Unemployment Benefit Claims Across Ayrshire

Local Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock and Central Ayrshire Conservative candidates Lee Lyons and Marc Hope have welcomed recent figures which showed the number of people claiming out-of-work benefit has fallen in both constituencies by about a quarter in the last year. A recent report produced by the House of Commons Library highlighted recent figures from  Office for National Statistics which showed that claims for Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) fell by 24% in Central Ayrshire and by 27.6% in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock.

Marc Hope States Disappointment at Tesco Troon Closure

Local Central Ayrshire Conservative candidate Marc Hope has reacted with disappointment at the announcement by major retailer Tesco that they will be closing dozens of their stores across the country, including their Express store in Troon.

'Vow' Kept and New Powers Delivered for Scotland

Prime Minister David Cameron today presented draft legislation which will see an unprecedented rise in the powers of the Scottish Parliament following agreement by Scotlands five major political parties who participated in the Smith Commission. The paper set out 44 different clauses which will be presented to Holyrood. It was a historic agreement and the first time that there has been full consensus on the future of devolution.

Local Candidate Slams Scottish Government for Underspend Despite Cuts to Local Councils

Local Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Conservative candidate Lee Lyons has slammed the SNP-led Scottish Government for underspending on vital services to the tune of £444m despite massive cuts being forced upon South Ayrshire Council. Scottish Government annual accounts showed that the SNP under spent on their annual budget by £444m whilst the SNP simultaneously attack the UK Government for not giving Scotland enough money.