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MSP Ballantyne quits council and forces by-election

Michelle Ballantyne MSP, who has exercised a dual mandate of serving as a member of the Scottish Parliament and a councillor at Scottish Borders Council since the local elections in May, has resigned from the council.

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Driving examiners will strike today and tomorrow.

Driving examiners strike over new tests dispute

Hundreds of driving tests across Scotland today (Monday) and tomorrow have been cancelled due to strike action by examiners over the new test and working patterns.

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Independent panel to oversee named person service

An independent panel is being set up to provide expert advice to ensure the Scottish Government’s named person service is workable.

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Berwickshire Granarchists sought out Borders MP John Lamont to challenge him about the rolling out of Universal Credit in the region next year.

Borders Universal Credit roll out in 2018

Borders MP John Lamont came under pressure from Berwickshire Granarchists when the political activists lobbied him at Duns and Eyemouth last week.

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Borders MP John Lamont in Westminster.

Chancellor supports Borderlands Growth Deal

Borders MP John Lamont has welcomed the 2017 Budget, saying that it ‘delivers for Scotland’ and shows the effectiveness of the lobbying by Scottish Conservative MPs.

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Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam.

Public asked to help set budget priorities

Scottish Borders Council is asking for members of the public to contribute their thoughts and ideas on the council’s 2018-19 budget.

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Borders MP John Lamont at the launch of this year's Poppy Scotland appeal at Westminster.

Borderers urged to say it with flowers

Borders MP John Lamont and MSP Rachael Hamilton are urging residents of the region to show their support for our war veterans by wearing poppies ahead of Armistice Day this Saturday.

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The old Craw Wood nursing home in Tweedbank.

£850,000 plan agreed in bid to tackle bed-blocking at Borders General Hospital

Health bosses yesterday gave the go-ahead to a £850,000 pilot scheme aimed at tackling bed-blocking at Borders General Hospital this winter.

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The taxi rank at Channel St, Galashiels

Borderers are asked to give their views on future taxi fares

Borderers are being urged to have their say on taxi fares as part of a public consultation on the issue.

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Borders MP John Lamont.

Borders MP welcomes proposed tougher sentences for killer drivers

Borders MP John Lamont has welcomed the tougher sentences for killer drivers announced by the UK Government this week.

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How the proposed Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre in Galashiels would look.

Heritage society opposing Galashiels tapestry centre plans

The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland is objecting to plans by Scottish Borders Council to create a £6.7m permanent home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland in central Galashiels.

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The plan includes 66 new homes on the site of the old Earlston High School.

Affordable housing plans given go-ahead

A five-year plan to have almost 1,200 affordable homes built in the region was approved by Scottish Borders Council on Tuesday.

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Jim Wilson, chairman of the SB Cares board, officially opening the new community equipment service premises at Tweedbank, accompanied by Kelso councillor Tom Weatherston, executive member for adult social care at Scottish Borders Council, and Selkirkshire councillor Elaine Thornton-Nicol.

Revamped Borders care home and relocated equipment service now open

Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership and SB Cares have officially unveiled the new base for their community equipment service in Tweedbank.

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Clackmae Bridge, near Earlston.

Clackmae Bridge, near Earlston, to be shut for 10 weeks for £690,000 revamp

Clackmae Bridge, near Earlston, is to be closed for 10 weeks to allow major refurbishment and strengthening works to be carried out.

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Ian Blackford MP

WASPI gains political support

The Scottish Borders WASPI ((Women Against State Pension Inequality) group co-ordinator Lynne Craighead has welcomed the commitment to their cause by the SNP leader at Westminster.

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Borders MP John Lamont claimed more than �34,000 in allowances as an MSP last year, and his replacement, former Conservative list MSP Rachael Hamilton, claimed almost �14,000 in 10 months.

Borders MSPs’ allowances topped £80,000 last year, figures reveal

Total allowances of more than £80,000 were claimed last financial year by the four MSPs with offices in the Borders at that time, according to figures published by the Scottish Parliament.

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Galashiels councillor Andy Anderson.

Working group revived in bid to tackle Borders’ parking problems

Council chiefs are to revive a working group in a bid to solve the region’s parking problems.

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Kelso councillor Simon Mountford.

Gender divide in Scottish Borders Council pay packets narrowing, meeting told

The gender gap in pay packets at Scottish Borders Council is narrowing, councillors have been told.

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Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse has announced a ban on fracking.

Borders MSP and campaigners welcome Scottish fracking ban

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of a nationwide ban on fracking.

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Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam.

Vision for the region split by party politics

The Conservative-independent administration running Scottish Borders Council has rejected a plea to set out its position on Brexit in its policy vision for the next five years.

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