Jesse sets sights on Holyrood

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HOLYROOD is coming under the attack of a tartan clad Claymore-carrying pop legend from the Borders.

Music video pioneer Jesse Rae is having a second stab at election to the Scottish Parliament.

The 59-year-old who lives at Clintmains near St Boswells confirmed last week that he is entering the fray as an independent candidate contesting the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency.

Jesse told the Berwickshire News he was very appreciative of all those who voted for him last time and is hoping for more support this time around.

Last week he announced his intention to stand by sending out an email containing business cards proclaiming his long-time profession as a music/video recording artist and producer.

And it seems he’s planning another low-key attack on the May polls.

He very politely declined to say why he is standing or what his platform will be.

The Galashiels-born musician is probably best known for penning Odyssey’s hit Inside Out in 1982.

In 1985 he released a stunning video for his own Over the Sea which featured shots on the top of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York ‑ and a flying Claymore.

Rae is seldom seen without his trademark plaid, claymore and helmet.

Tory John Lamont is defending a majority of less than 2,000 and is pitched against the man he ousted four years ago, Euan Robson of the Lib Dems. Paul Wheelhouse flies the flag for the SNP and earlier this month retired union boss Rab Sewart was named as the Labour candidate.