Labour's Shadow Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds joined his party's candidate for Central Ayrshire on a visit to Prestwick's GE Caledonian site at the weekend.

Mr Reynolds and candidate Alan Gemmell were exploring the potential for future investment and jobs in Prestwick's aerospace sector.

During the visit to GE Caledonian's engine overhaul and service business, they met with management, staff, unions and many of the businesses apprentices who work there.   

Mr Reynolds said: "Alan is an example of the brilliant candidates we have standing in this election. He brings so much as a champion of his local community but also what he can contribute to the national debate on these issues.

"Prestwick and GE Caledonian are a centre of excellence in the UK aerospace industry and we are rightly proud of that.

"A Labour government will strengthen and maximise the success here at GE Caledonian and make sure there is more in the future.

"From our commitment to economic stability to our industrial strategy, Scottish businesses will have the confidence to invest for the long term and, together, we will maximise the potential of Scotland."

Mr Gemmell added: "‘I’m ambitious for Central Ayrshire and Labour is ambitious for Scotland.

"This visit puts Prestwick at the centre of a Labour government’s vision for the UK aerospace sector.

"Only Labour has a plan to bring good jobs to our area and secure investment for thriving businesses like GE Caledonian."

Also standing in the Central Ayrshire seat are Kevin Blades (Reform UK), Elaine Ford (Scottish Liberal Democrats), Tom Kerr (Scottish Greens), Allan Macmillan (Social Democratic Party), Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour), Annie McIndoe (Scottish National Party) and David Rocks (Scottish Conservative and Unionist).