Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Constituency

Parliamentary Candidate –

Andrew Russell

Email:  [email protected]

Facebook:  reformukayrcarrickandcumnock

Biography:

Who am I?

Welcome, my name is Andrew Russell. I spent my teenage years in Ayr and stayed on in secondary school into the sixth year before training as an electrical electronics engineer, and progressing to a fulfilling career in the Royal Navy where I served 7 years on frigates in Plymouth and 15 years on submarines at Faslane.

My childhood was spent in Zambia where my schooling and my parents taught me the importance of paying attention to detail, to question everything, and to learn from mistakes and experiences. They encouraged me to play sports and have fun where being outdoors was the norm except under the midday sun. They also instilled in me values of respect, fairness, politeness, tolerance and honesty. After my naval career I spent 20 years in the offshore oil and gas sector developing and maintaining subsea infrastructure aboard various vessels around the world on many varied subsea projects. All exciting stuff working with different nationalities and cultures and an adherence to punctuality, discipline and efficient teamwork, all essential qualities in an environment where time is money. This is the reason I’m keen on promoting Reform UK policies for more technical jobs and to help businesses in any way I can because they all provide valued jobs and are good for the economy, benefitting us all.

Why am I standing as the Reform Parliamentary Candidate for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock?

I joined Reform UK as I thought mainstream parties had gone off the rails, lost sight of what most of us are feeling and are no longer representing our views and preferring the woke agenda. Reform UK spoke my common sense ideals where mad net zero policies are too stringent and stifling growth making us less competitive. Immigration is out of control and unaccounted for in an already full country and with housing shortages. There are NHS concerns with over-the-top management and waste, lack of staff retention including carers. There is a better Reform UK way by valuing and incentivising the staff. To provide for more affordable housing to ease rents. More Police Officers to ease retention and to police without political interference and much more.

My submarine Commander once said to a group of my fellow crew members, “I want Russell in my control room; he’s got presence to ensure procedures are followed and is able to convey them reliably.” I hope to use this to encourage more tourism by making our unique coastal asset more marketable and a choice destination. We need more tech and manufacturing around the airport, and improved A77 links to the ferries to Ireland by more overtaking and longer lanes. One wonders what has happened to the promises of the Growth Deal and Spaceport, hollow words and it is simply not good enough just to make announcements and no action to be seen thereafter.

Now retired and living close to my family home in Alloway, I have been active in local politics for several years. I retired early to take care of my late wife, formerly Miss Campbell of Holmston Primary 3, which was the right thing to do and now I wish to devote my energies to helping the constituents of Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock more vocally than previous representatives to improve investment into our area.

How can I help?

I tend to gravitate towards those asking for help and have always been keen to pass on any knowledge. You may have seen my name in the letter page of the Ayrshire Post or on Facebook standing up for people, actively fighting and opposing local issues that didn’t make sense like protecting our open space and historic market town’s valuable heritage. Our constituency is rich in scenery and we should exploit our culture and heritage through tourism along with outdoor leisure pursuits as depicted in the Seeayr document. Seeayr in which I was involved provided strategic ideas and localities of entertainment for the area and to bring back the venues into a multi functional arena setting. I remember having such fun out at Cumnock playing tennis and then going for a swim and a run down to Girvan harbour on my Tiger Cub motorcycle which I still do to this day, this time on a Harley Davidson, one of the best rides in the country.

As a Community Council member and Chair I am often seen in the Council Chambers fighting on behalf of the community against some planning issue. Querying the closure of hospital wards and clinical procedures at Ayr hospital and wanting answers. I have concerns in the unfairness for those having to travel even further for treatments and the number of bus connections required. Realising the A77 Ayr bypass is fast becoming gridlocked and persevering to get the remaining 4 of 9 miles bypass made dual carriageway. I am still advocating for a Citizen Advice Bureau for South Ayrshire which seems to be stalling in the Council.

Promoting our beautiful constituency.

Now with time on my hands I’d be keen to get round all the town and villages in the constituency and see where I could help and speak up for people. I’d have an advantage in that I wouldn’t be silenced by the policies of a mainstream party as is often the case. Apart from newspaper and staged photo shoots when did you last see your MP/MSP? I want to rectify that; there is nothing better than meeting people.

I ask you to place your trust in Andrew Russell for MP to promote our constituency in full. I’m proud of where we live and what we have potential for on our doorstep. I ask you to put aside your former party allegiances and change for once our predictable, stagnating, self-serving political system and vote for the policies of Reform UK. Already many people from all parties are doing just this which is good news and I would encourage you all to read the Reform UK contract and listen to our Leader Nigel Farage and founder Richard Tice online.

I look forward to meeting you in due course and thanking you for your vote. I intend not to disappoint.

 

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Constituency Map

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Constituency Information

Electorate: 71,971

Wards:

  • Cumnock and New Cumnock
  • Doon Valley
  • Ayr North
  • Ayr East

 

  • Ayr West
  • Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton
  • Girvan and South Carrick