Mp for Ayr Carrick & Cumnock 2015-17
NORTH & SOUTH CARRICK
CUMNOCK & DOON VALLEY
Three quarters of the town of Ayr belongs to this constituency, with Seaforth Road forming the border. Ayr is a diverse town with lots to offer, including our fantastic beach, shopping, Ayr Racecourse, sport and golf along with wallking, cycling, and much more.
We are lucky to have excellent transport links with road, rail, sea and air connections all on our doorstep.
Ayr is steeped in history with tales of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce abound. Loudoun Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Ayr, dating from the late 15th century and nearby, on the 26th April 1315, a meeting of nobility and Parliament in Scotland was convened at St. John's Kirk. At this meeting the crown was officially given to Robert the Bruce and his line.
North & South Carrick include the historic towns of Maybole and Girvan, and the many picturesque villages of the surrounding area. Home to the 'Robert the Bruce Trail' and an abundance of beautiful scenery, the area produces a range of excellent food and drinks which are enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. Girvan is the proud home of the world-famous Hendrick's Gin, the equally celebrated Ayrshire Tatties, and a range of whiskies are produced locally.
The spectacular coastline, with rugged cliffs and pristine beaches, allows for brilliant sailing and fishing. This landscape also includes attractions such as Culzean Castle and Dunure Castle - home to the grizzly tale of land ownership feuds and Sawny Bean's family of cannibals.
Yearly events include Ballantrae Food Fesitval and Girvan Folk Festival.
The Cumnock & Doon Valley area is one that has been shaped by the legacy of the coal mining era. The towns and villages here, including Cumnock, New Cumnock, Dalmellington, Patna and Dalrymple, reflect this history.
Many villages have disappeared in recent decades due to de-population with residents seeking employment elsewhere. The area has a rich and proud industrial heritage, showcased in the Dalmellington Museum and Dunaskin Heritage Railway Centre.
Dumfries House has seen considerable investment, both in terms of the locality and the opportunities for employment and training for local people. The house and its contents have been preserved for all to see and make for a great day out. New Cumnock is set to benefit from some welcome investment too in the near future.
"It's not about me, it's about us"
Born in Ayr, I have lived and worked throughout the constituency all my life. I have two grown‐up children and, before the election, I served as a Councillor for the Ayr East ward of South Ayrshire Council.
Educated locally, I joined the Civil Service on leaving school and worked my way up to management level. After 20 years, growing disillusioned with the policy changes being brought in by the Westminster Government, I left the Civil Service to study psychology before working in the voluntary sector and then running my own event management and business support company.
Throughout my working life, I have always been an active member of my community and have worked to ensure I could make a positive contribution, from school boards to youth work, and from working as a Police Custody Welfare Officer to sitting on the local Community Council and being a member of the NHS Partnership Forum for health and cancer care services. In addition, I have previously served as a Director of Septembayr [The Ayrshire Festival], Ayrshire Housing and Ayr Renaissance.
My main political interests are Scottish independence, disability rights, welfare and social justice, rural issues and connectivity, tourism, youth issues and people trafficking.