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Politicians on summer tour

Scottish Conservative politicians John Lamont MP and Rachael Hamilton MSP are joining forces to bring their summer advice surgery tour to 84 stops across the region.

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Borders MP John Lamont in Westminster.

Commons walk-out ‘staged’

Borders MP John Lamont was scathing about the walk-out by SNP MPs at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

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Fishermen look for control of fishing waters

Fishermen look for control of fishing waters

Scottish fishermen feel they have the support of the UK Government, but local MP John Lamont believes the same cannot be said for SNP and Labour MEPs.

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Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam

Council’s budget has been cut by £13m in five years

Latest figures reveal that over the past five years Scottish Borders Council’s budget has been cut by £13 million.

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A southbound Virgin train at Berwick Upon Tweed railway station on the East Coast mainline

As Virgin East Coast departs LNER arrives

Virgin East Coast will no longer operate the rail service between Edinburgh and London after June 24, this year.

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Cancelled operations debated

Cancelled operations debated

The high number of cancelled operations at Borders General Hospital was raised in the Scottish Parliament last week.

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James Anderson, Eyemouth

SBC faces grass root revolt

A new grass-cutting regime has been introduced by Scottish Borders Council and as communities become aware of it there are rumblings of discontent across the region.

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Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam

If someone says I can’t do it, I want to prove them wrong

A year after being “thrown in at the deep end” as a new councillor and leader of Scottish Borders Council, Shona Haslam has been reflecting on the past 12 months.

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National pot hole fund needed to improve the road network

National pot hole fund needed to improve the road network

Borders MSP Rachael Hamilton is highlighting the Scottish Conservatives proposal for a pot hole fund of £100 million to be created over the next Scottish Parliament to support local councils road repairs bills.

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Borders police numbers down

Borders police numbers down

The number of police officers based in the Borders seems to be steadily reducing according to research carried out by Scottish Conservatives.

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The GMB Union says the pay offer will widen the gap between the highest and lowest paid council workers.

Scottish council workers urged to reject ‘unfair’ pay offer

Council workers across Scotland are being urged to reject an “unfair and unacceptable” pay offer.

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Cross border alcohol pricing

Cross border alcohol pricing

Scotland became the first country in the world to implement minimum unit pricing for alcohol and the Borders will have to wait and see what it will have on the area, said local MP John Lamont.

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Colin Smyth - Labour - South Scotland

Cuts to council funding

Scottish Government cuts in funding to council budget is equivalent to £116 per head in the Scottish Borders, according to analysis commissioned by Scottish Labour.

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The Borders Search and Rescue Unit (�35,000) came into its own during the recent cold snap.

Search and rescue unit finds itself at the top in locality funding votes

Community projects across the Borders have benefited from the first tranche of payments from Scottish Borders Council’s £500,000 Localities Bid Fund.

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Councillor Heather Anderson

SBC opposition budget

Scottish Borders Council’s SNP/Liberal Democrat opposition have produced their own 2018-19 budget which includes a £1.2m fairness fund to address rural poverty and isolation.

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Ashley Highfield

MPs must protect the local press from damaging Lords amendment

This week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press.

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Lord Palmer at Manderston House.

We should stay in EU to see it disbanded

Lord Palmer of Manderston, Duns gave his blunt view of the European Union last week when the House of Lords debated the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

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The First Minister will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow t mark 100 years of women's suffrage.

Debate to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Tuesday) to celebrate the centenary of women having the right to vote in the UK.

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Borders MP John Lamont.

MP’s concern over economy

Borders MP John Lamont has hit out at Scotland’s SNP Government after new figures showed the Scottish economy growing at less than half the rate of the rest of the UK.

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