Independence debated along the Great Tweed Trek

The Great Tweed Trek by local politicians David Parker and Michael Moore has expanded into the Great Tweed independence debate.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 8th August 2014, 9:00 am
MP Michael Moore and Councillor David Parker.
MP Michael Moore and Councillor David Parker.

The Borders MP, Mr Moore, and leader of Scottish Borders Council, Mr Parker, are on opposite sides of the independence debate - Mr Moore in the ‘Better Together’ camp and Mr Parker in the ‘Yes’ camp, but despite their political differences the two are joining forces for their second sponsored walk, raising funds for Borders Cash for Kids and the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team.

The five day trek stops at Peebles, Innerleithen, Melrose, Kelso and Coldstream between Monday, August 25, and Friday, August 29, and on each occasion they will take the opportunity to encourage “informal and friendly debate about the future of Scotland” in the evening.

Michael Moore said: “Our main focus is to raise funds for the charities, but as two politicians we have a lot to say about the future of Scotland.

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“In this historic year for Scotland, there is no better moment for us to walk from Scotland into England, raising money along the way and taking part in the great debate that is going on in our nation at present.”

Councillor David Parker responded: “Although Michael supports NO and I support YES, the fact is that we are friends just now and no matter what the outcome of the Referendum we will still be friends after September 19. We are very keen, as well as raising funding, to talk about the arguments in the referendum debate. Two politicians from different sides of the political argument, walking from Scotland into England at the height of the referendum campaign seemed a fitting challenge and we are both hopeful that along the way.”