Labour’s ‘fairness’ pledge

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BY contesting eight of the 11 multi-member wards, the Labour Party in the Borders, which currently has not a single councillor on SBC, will field a record number of candidates.

Michael Grieve, secretary of the constituency party and himself seeking election in Hawick and Denholm, said: “There is a strong desire for change in the Borders.”

A full-time carer, he added: “People know that four more years of the same is not going to be enough to deliver the services and therefore the kind of future we in the Borders need. We will stand up for health and education and for fairness for every Borderer.”

Among Labour’s hopefuls are Julia Reid, a retired mental health counsellor who represented Peebles for Labour on the former Borders Regional Council and goes for Tweeddale East, ex-SBC employee David Sharp (Jedburgh and District) and Bill Cumming, a former English teacher at Hawick High who is competing in Hawick and Hermitage.