Keith Cockburn is Conservatives candidate for Tweeddale West by-election

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The Conservatives have announced Peebles businessman Keith Cockburn as its candidate for the Tweeddale West by-election.

Mr Cockburn will contest the seat vacated by fellow Tory Nathaniel Buckingham, who decided to step down earlier this month due to family and work commitments.

Mr Cockburn said: “I believe I have what it takes to represent all the residents of Tweeddale West and to be an effective councillor for our area. I am ready for the challenge and if elected I would work tirelessly to ensure our communities get the best possible deal.”

The father-of-three is the managing director of Caledonian Colour Printers in his home town.

Tweeddale’s Conservative MP David Mundell added: “Keith has all the skills and experience to provide Peebles, West Linton and the communities of Upper Tweed with a strong voice and make sure that local concerns are heard and acted upon.”

The by-election is to take place in either September or October, according to the Conservatives.