The battle for the Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire seat in the Scottish Parliament is well and truly on between the Tories and the SNP candidates.
SNP’s Paul Wheelhouse accused Conservative candidate John Lamont of only representing electors who voted no in the 2014 independence referendum; John Lamont wants Mr Wheelhouse to ‘end his silence’ over the possibility of a second independence referendum.
In the September 2014 independence referendum over two thirds of the Scottish Borders voted to remain part of the United Kingdom.
Mr Wheelhouse challenged his Tory opponent over a Facebook post which he said implied John Lamont would only represent those electors who voted ‘No’ in the 2014 independence referendum if elected as an MSP next month.
The Facebook post reads: “I will stand up for the majority of the Borders who support Scotland’s place in the UK and hold the SNP to their promise that the referendum was ‘once in a generation’”.
Responding Mr Wheelhouse said: “I was under the impression that following an election an MSP is supposed to represent all of his or her constituents irrespective of their political persuasion and without fear or favour.”
Mr Lamont countered: “My SNP counterpart has been very quiet on the issue of a second independence referendum, presumably because he knows how unpopular that would be in the Borders.
“Nevertheless, Borderers deserve to know what they will be voting for.
“That is why I challenge the SNP candidate to spell out clearly, without any bluff or bluster, whether he agrees that the referendum was once in a generation or whether this summer he will join in with the campaign for another vote.”