ONE newly elected local MP made their maiden speech in the House of Commons this week talking up the area.

Kilmarnock & Loudoun MP, Alan Brown, made his first address in the Commons, making an impassioned speech about the local constituency and all it has to offer.

Mr Brown stood before his peers on Monday to deliver the heartfelt monologue.

In it he said: "As someone who has stayed in the constituency my entire life, it's a real honour to represent Kilmarnock & Loudoun and to be here and speak on behalf of my constituents."

He went on to say: "As the new SNP MP for Kilmarnock & Loudoun, I'd like to pay tribute to my predecessor, Cathy Jamieson, who worked hard for her constituents."

Mr Brown went on to describe, in detail, the constituency. He said: "Kilmarnock & Loundoun is a mix of rural and urban and it's got a proud history and it's got vibrant and resilient communities.

He then went on to list notable areas in the constituency. He said: "The first gas street light sin Britain were provided in the village of Muirkirk and Muirkirk also pioneered tarmacadam roads."

Newly crowned Scottish Junior Cup winners, Auchinleck Talbot also received a mention. Mr Brown said: "Just recently I was at the Scottish Junior Cup final where I was able to witness Auchinleck Talbot win the cup for a record eleventh time and last year Hurlford United won the cup as well, so there's a good football pedigree in my constituency."

He went on to quote the Bard, Robert Burns, saying: "That man to man, the world o'er, shall brothers be for a' that.

"For me, that is all about equality and I think we can see how that does not chime with what is happening in this house at the moment.

"Equality is not cutting £12 billion from the poorest in our society. It's not doing what happened last week, taking a vote which actually deems people in this country are not equal and not able to vote. I think that's an outrage. Where's the equality when we've got the House of Lords next door?"