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Mundell begins bid for re-election

Fellow Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate David Mundell has launched his bid to be re-elected as MP too, for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale.

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John Lamont (Scottish Conservative)
Duns election hustings.

MSP quits in bid to get fourth time lucky

Thanks to John Lamont’s shock resignation from the Scottish Parliament, it looks like voters in the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency will have an extra choice to make on Thursday, June 8.

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The 'pinch point' between Melrose Gait and Coopersknowe

Councillors refuse waste transfer bid

Plans by Scottish Borders Council to transport 52,000 tonnes of household and commercial rubbish annually out of the region for treatment have been dealt a crushing blow.

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SNP MSP Christine Grahame speaking at the Borders College to girls from various secondary schools from around the Borders about getting into the construction industry.

MSP leads Addaction debate in Holyrood

South of Scotland MSP Christine Grahame led a debate last week in the Scottish Parliament, commending the work of the drug, alcohol and mental health charity, Addaction.

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Grahame: ‘Get on with your job, John’

Grahame: ‘Get on with your job, John’

South of Scotland SNP MSP Christine Grahame has told Tory MSP John Lamont to get on with the job he has been elected to do instead of chasing a job at Westminster for the fourth time.

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Galashiels Community Waste Recycling Centre & Easter Langlee Landfill Site.

Waste tranfer station bid set for green light

Plans by Scottish Borders Council to turn its giant landfill site at Easter Langlee in Galashiels into a £5.2million waste transfer station (WTS) are set to be approved next week.

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Council candidates, from left, Simon Ritchie, Shona Haslam, Stuart Bell and Robin Tatler with the petition.

Innerleithen post office petition gathers support

Renewed calls have been made for an improved post office service in Innerleithen after news of a potential takeover falling flat was announced last week.

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Training for homeless youths

Training for homeless youths

A training course to help homeless young Borderers cope with the responsibilities of becoming tenants – and improve their employment opportunities – will take place later this year.

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John Lamont, left, congratulates Calum Kerr following the SNPs general election victory in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk in 2015.

Kerr and Lamont set to do battle again

The constituency of Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk could be a key strategic battleground in the snap general election to be held on June 8.

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Caledonia Bhatia, 18. Candidate for Galashiels and district.

Student hopes to become region’s youngest councillor

A teenage student from Peebles is the youngest candidate standing in next month’s Scottish Borders Council elections.

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PM calls snap general election

PM calls snap general election

Theresa May has announced a snap general election will be held on June 8 in the wake of the Brexit vote

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East Berwickshire councillor Michael Cook.

Borders councillors call for more protection for wildlife

A root-and-branch revamp of Scotland’s planning system must include safeguards to ensure the protection of wildlife, ministers have been told by Scottish Borders Council.

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The River Teviot running through Hawick.

Crucial week ahead for planned Hawick flood defences

Next week is a crucial one for Hawick’s proposed £41m flood protection scheme as any objectors will have 28 days from next Tuesday, April 18, to register their reservations with Scottish Borders Council, potentially holding up work for months.

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The local council elections take place on May 4.

Galashiels candidates ready for hustings battle

The potential new councillors for the Galashiels and district ward will take part in a hustings next week.

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Councillor Vicky Davidson in her role as executive member for culture, sport, youth and communities.

Vicky bows out after 14 years of service

After 14 years representing Souters on Scottish Borders Council, one of the town’s best known faces is preparing for the end of her political career this month.

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Caldwell's Ice Cream, Innerleithen.

Bid to take on Innerleithen post office falls flat

Unrealistic demands are being blamed for the collapse of a planned post office takeover in Innerleithen.

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A Borders Railway service arriving at Stow.

Moves to extend Borders Railway building up head of steam as study starts

Moves to have the Borders Railway extended south into England are building up a head of steam now that the Scottish Government has announced a study of transport links in the region.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (right) and TripAdvisor senior vice-president Robin Ingle announce the new collaboration during a meeting at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Tourism deal could attract £150m to Scottish economy

Scotland could see a £150 million boost to its economy following a bargain struck between the country’s tourism agency and travel website TripAdvisor.

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The old Bank of Scotland branch in Melrose.

MP hits out at plans to close four more Borders banks

Borders MP David Mundell has added his voice to criticism of the Bank of Scotland’s plans to close four more of its branches in the region.

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Peebles High Street.

Peebles town centre roads to be closed for resurfacing

Two roads through Peebles town centre are to be closed overnight for resurfacing later this month.

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