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Double election day in Berwickshire

Following John Lamont’s resignation as MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire the presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament has announced that the by-election for a new MSP will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

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A deputation of Granarchists outside surgeries held in Duns and Eyemouth by Conservative MSP John Lamont,  were protesting at the UK Government's changes to child tax credit changes for families of more than two children.

‘Rape clause’ protesters target MSP’s surgeries

Protesters against the so-called rape clause being planned by ministers greeted Borders MSP John Lamont when he arrived at two surgeries in Duns and Eyemouth last week.

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John Lamont at St Abbs

John Lamont resigns as MSP

John Lamont, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire has announced his intention to resign from the Scottish Parliament to focus on the campaign to win Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk from SNP at the forthcoming General Election.

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SNP MSP Christine Grahame speaking at the Borders College to girls from various secondary schools from around the Borders about getting into the construction industry.

MSP leads Addaction debate in Holyrood

South of Scotland MSP Christine Grahame led a debate last week in the Scottish Parliament, commending the work of the drug, alcohol and mental health charity, Addaction.

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Calum Kerr, SNP MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

A one issue General Election - Brexit.

Berwickshire MP Calum Kerr has questioned the Prime Ministers’s motives for calling a General Election on June 8.

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PM calls snap general election

PM calls snap general election

Theresa May has announced a snap general election will be held on June 8 in the wake of the Brexit vote

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East Berwickshire councillor Michael Cook.

Borders councillors call for more protection for wildlife

A root-and-branch revamp of Scotland’s planning system must include safeguards to ensure the protection of wildlife, ministers have been told by Scottish Borders Council.

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SBC Headquarters

Council tax debt on rise to £2m-plus

The level of council tax debt in the Borders and the number of households in arrears have more than doubled since the levy was frozen in 2007.

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New planning system must protect wildlife,
ministers warned

New planning system must protect wildlife, ministers warned

A root-and-branch revamp of the Scottish planning system must include safeguards to ensure the protection of wildlife.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (right) and TripAdvisor senior vice-president Robin Ingle announce the new collaboration during a meeting at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Tourism deal could attract £150m to Scottish economy

Scotland could see a £150 million boost to its economy following a bargain struck between the country’s tourism agency and travel website TripAdvisor.

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The old Bank of Scotland branch in Melrose.

MP hits out at plans to close four more Borders banks

Borders MP David Mundell has added his voice to criticism of the Bank of Scotland’s plans to close four more of its branches in the region.

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Scottish Borders Council's headquarters in Newtown.

Girl power won’t win day at May’s Scottish Borders Council election

Whatever happens in polling stations next month, it will still be a man’s world in Newtown’s council chamber as just 19 of the 75 candidates seeking seats on Scottish Borders Council on Thursday, May 4, are female.

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Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker, Mid Berwickshire councillor Frances Renton and Nile Istephan, chief executive of Eildon Housing Association, at the former Earlston High School site, one of several locations in the region in line to host social housing developments.

£5m boost announced for affordable housing in Borders

Plans to provide more affordable housing in the Borders have been given a £5m boost.

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Barrie Forrest with Jeanna Swan, lord-lieutenant of Berwickshire, at Reston Village Hall.

Barrie insists on getting medal in front of home crowd

Community means everything to Reston’s Barrie Forrest, so when it came to accepting his British Empire Medal, the venue for the ceremony had to be the village hall there.

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Live Borders boss Ewan Jackson.

Live Borders axes 12 staff to cut wage bill

A dozen staff at Live Borders – the trust that took over the running of public libraries, museums, halls and community centres from Scottish Borders Council a year ago – are leaving it this week as it looks to cut its annual wage bill by more than £300,000.

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SBC’s pension fund investing is criticised

SBC’s pension fund investing is criticised

Scottish Borders Council stands accused of investing in companies responsible for climate change while failing to invest in green infrastructure.

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Anti-windfarm protesters at the Drone Hill turbine site on Coldingham Moor

Decision on Howpark Wind Farm delayed

A decision on planning consent for the eight-turbine Howpark Wind Farm near Grantshouse has been postponed for the impact of turbine noise to be investigated.

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Finance minister Derek Mackay

Playing digital catch-up

A new digital strategy for Scottish business was announced by the Scottish Government this week alongside plans to deliver universal superfast broadband.

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Scottish Borders Council headquarters in Newtown St Boswells.

Social services complaints

There was a 22.82% increase in complaints received last year by Scottish Borders Council about its social services.

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Scottish Borders Council convener Graham Garvie, architectural manager Ray Cherry, the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry and council leader David Parker at the opening of the new Leader Valley School at Earlston.

Seven news headteachers needed by Borders schools

A recruitment event is being held this week in an effort to get seven vacancies in the Borders for headteachers filled.

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