Mar 9 2012 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
HUNDREDS of youths will descend on Troon to protest against Prime Minister David Cameron.
The UK premier will address the Scottish Conservative Party conference at the town’s concert hall later this month.
But he’ll face fury on the streets, with a rally against austerity cuts set to attract more than 500 people.
The Scottish Trades Union Congress has confirmed it is behind the demonstration at the two day conference.
And it expects a big turnout on Saturday, March 24 – the day after delegates are addressed by the PM.
STUC assistant secretary, Ian Tasker, revealed: “This will be a day for young people to come out and make their voices heard.
“The UK government’s austerity cuts clearly aren’t working and our young people are being affected the most.
“The country has major problems with youth unemployment and we’re facing up to a lost generation.
“Sadly, the situation is only going to get worse before it gets better.
“We need both the Scottish and UK governments to work together to create jobs and help our youngsters.
“Our protest march will involve students, young people and we’ll also be writing to schools to invite their involvement.”
The march will set off from the south beach esplanade before a rally takes place at Titchfield Road.
However, party delegates insist the prime minister’s visit will be remembered for all the right reasons.
Ayr MSP Mr Scott insisted: “I will be delighted to welcome our Prime Minister to Troon for the annual party conference.
“This will be a huge opportunity for members of the Scottish Conservative Party and many local members to meet David Cameron in the flesh and hear what he has to say.
“It is also a great chance for South Ayrshire to be showcased on the national stage.”
Party officials confirmed Troon, with its traditionally strong Conservative vote, is the ideal venue for the conference.
A party spokesman said: “The Scottish Conservatives are delighted to be holding our conference in Troon this year.
“The facilities at Troon Concert Hall and the local amenities that are available were exactly what we were looking for and this year’s conference is set to one of the best yet.
“Through John Scott and our local councillors we have had a strong connection to South Ayrshire and this is a great opportunity for us to visit one of the most scenic parts of Scotland.”