British Labour Co-operative life peer George Foulkes paid a visit to Maybole last week to lend a voice to Scottish Labours initiative, The Big Idea.
The Big Idea aims to open up conversation, bring new ideas to the party and create a space for everybody within the Scottish Labour family.
It has been launched in preparation for the Scottish Parliament election to be held in May.
Lord Foulkes, the former Carrick MP, addressed Labour activists and encouraged everyone to spend time in communities across the constituencies.
The meeting was held at The Dairy Corner and was also attended by Carol Mochan, Scottish Labour’s candidate for Carrick in May.
She spoke of her desire to ensure small businesses are well supported and recognised for the important place they have in rural communities across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley.
Lord Foulkes wrote on his Facebook page: “Really enjoyed my visit to Ayrshire and found the Labour Party and our candidates optimistic and in good heart.
“Carol Mochan is a top class choice for my old constituency of Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley, a genuinely local candidate and great campaigner.
“I recalled how in 1979 I was written off challenging Jim Sillars but Labour had a majority over a thousand and Carol could do the same in 2016.”
The Big Idea findings will be published as a digital paper.