The teacher bidding to win the Ayrshire Central seat for the Conservatives at the next General Election says providing a good education system should be a priority for all MPs.

David Rocks, a music teacher from Irvine, was recently confirmed as the Tory candidate for the seat, which covers Irvine, Troon and Prestwick, as well as parts of Kilwinning.

Mr Rocks is no stranger to General Election campaigns, having stood for the North Ayrshire and Arran seat on two occasions - coming second both times to the SNP's Patricia Gibson.

The former Annick Primary and Irvine Royal Academy pupil said: "As someone who was born, educated and has always lived and worked in the Central Ayrshire constituency, I know first hand what is important to the people of our towns and villages.

"We all want better job opportunities, improved local services, the victims of crime to be put first and our children and young people to receive the best education possible.

"As a local teacher of 17 years, I know the value of a good education and it should be the priority of all politicians."

Mr Rocks added: "Irvine, Troon and Prestwick are historic towns and our beautiful coastline offers us unique opportunities. I would like to see greater tourism to the area, thriving local businesses and Prestwick Airport to reach its full potential.

"Having campaigned extensively across North and South Ayrshire for 20 years as part of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist team, I have seen our support grow and local representation greatly increase, particularly in recent years. 

"The Conservatives are the largest party at South Ayrshire Council and the second largest party at North Ayrshire Council.

"At the previous Westminster elections, the constituency of Central Ayrshire showed that the only real opposition to the SNP is the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party.

"In 2019 we achieved 16,182 votes compared to Labour's distant third place of 6,583. The numbers speak for themselves.

"I hope that all those who want to stand up for Scotland's place in the United Kingdom will back my positive, local campaign and I look forward to meeting people and finding out their concerns."

He continued: "It is clear that people are becoming even more fed-up and disillusioned with politics.

"People are bitterly divided on a numbers of issues and it is clear that one size does not fit all.

"People want different things and we need to focus on solving the day-to-day problems that we all face.

"A local Member of Parliament should focus on improving the lives of those they represent and if elected that will be my mission."