The Scottish Socialist Party is preparing to lead a protest in Troon next Saturday (March 24) when Prime Minister David Cameron visits the Ayrshire town to address the Spring Conference of the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party.
Taking a leading role in the protest will be Campbell Martin, the party’s candidate for the Ardrossan & Arran seat at May’s North Ayrshire Council Election. Mr Martin said, “David Cameron and his party are responsible for devastating lives and whole communities here in Ayrshire, and while he’s in the vicinity we intend to make him aware of the anger felt locally.”
The SSP have been conducting street stalls in local town centres, where people have queued to sign petitions against UK Government cuts and what the party describes as “the crime” of mass unemployment. Campbell Martin said, “Time and again people have stopped to tell us how the savage austerity measures imposed by Cameron’s government have affected them and their families, through unemployment, benefit cuts, reduced wages and lack of opportunity for young people, both in the workplace and in colleges.
“On behalf of those local people, the SSP will be in Troon next Saturday to make our voices and our anger heard. He may swan into Prestwick Airport and be back home in London by Saturday night, but during his brief time in Ayrshire Mr Cameron will be made well aware of the strength of opposition to his policies, and of the determination of the Scottish Socialist Party to fight back on behalf of local people here in Ayrshire.”
Ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit, Campbell Martin wrote to Mr Cameron, challenging him to “come the few miles up the road to North Ayrshire and visit the scene of his crimes.” Mr Martin told the3towns, “As yet, David Cameron has not got round to replying to my letter. He is a busy man, though, what with all that unemployment and poverty to create.”