General Election 2024: Candidates face hustings in Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock

Five of the candidates set to go before the electorate in next week's big ballot were put through their paces in Ayr last night.

A hustings for the Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock seat saw vote hopefuls from the SNP, Alba, Liberal Democrats, Reform UK, and Labour attend the evening staged by the Fort, Seafield, and Wallacetown Community Council at Ayr's Queen Margaret Academy.

Allan Dorans (SNP), Corri Wilson (Alba), Paul Kennedy (Lib Dems), Andrew Russell (Reform UK) and Elaine Stewart (Labour) took to the stage to address a range of questions from the community, spelling out their visions and policies. Martin Dowey (Conservative) and Korin Vallance (Green Party) were unable to attend.

Denise Sommerville, Chairwoman of the Fort, Seafield, and Wallacetown Community Council, said: "We listened to the candidates' vision, questioned their ideas, and most importantly, engaged in the kind of open dialogue that is the cornerstone of a healthy and vibrant community. Democracy is not a spectator sport; it requires active participation."

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