We’ve been gagged, claim SNP’s Borders councillors

Scottish National Party councillors in the region claim they are being left out in the cold and have been as good as gagged after losing out to the Conservatives at this month’s local election.

The Borders Distillery site in Commercial Road, Hawick.

£13m Hawick distillery’s zero-waste plant bid gets thumbs-up

A former sweet factory site is to become home to a new zero-waste facility being built in conjunction with the new £10m Borders Distillery in Hawick.

Michelle Ballantyne MSP takes the oath as she is sworn in as regional MSP for South Scotland. 23 May 2017. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Michelle Ballantyne is sworn in as list MSP

Michelle Ballantyne, leader of the Conservative group on Scottish Borders Council, was sworn in as a South of Scotland MSP at Holyrood on Tuesday.

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Tories promise growth to economy

Tories promise growth to economy

Scottish Conservative party leader Ruth Davidson was in the Borders on Monday, supporting John Lamont’s fight for the Westminster seat he narrowly missed out on at the 2015 General Election.

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Former First Minister Alex Salmond lent his political weight to Gail Hendry and Calum Kerr's campaigns.

Sibling support for Hendry in Selkirk

Former First Minister Alex Salmond travelled to Selkirk last Wednesday evening to lend some support to his younger sister’s campaign.

Police outside the Manchester Arena last night.

Borders MPs condemn terror attack at concert

The Borders’ two sitting MPs have added their voices to the horror expressed following last night’s terrorist atrocity in Manchester.

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Youngsters Aiden Middlemass and Ellen Dobbie adding their signatures to the Wilton Lodge Park cafe structure as an alternative to a time capsule.

Concern mounting that Hawick park cafe might not be open in time for summer season

Concern is growing that an operator has still not been appointed to run a centrepiece facility created as part of the £3.6m revamp of Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park.

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Michelle Ballantyne (Con)

Ballantyne to donate her council salary

Councillor Michelle Ballantyne, leader of the Conservative group on Scottish Borders Council, will be sworn in as a South of Scotland MSP at Holyrood on Tuesday.

Artist Chris Rutterford talks to Ross Thomson about his work

SBC apologises for delay in naming art winners

Scottish Borders Council has apologised for the delay in naming the winning artists in the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme community art project.

ELECTION 2017 ROUND-UP: Polls predict ‘bluewash’ as Emily Thornberry turns airwaves blue

ELECTION 2017 ROUND-UP: Polls predict ‘bluewash’ as Emily Thornberry turns airwaves blue

The election machines have well and truly kicked into gear, so who’s had a good week, and who’s had a bad week on the campaign trail?

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The Queen's Head, Selkirk

Plans to convert old Queen’s Head pub into flats

Plans have been submitted to turn the old Queen’s Head pub at West Port into two residential flats.

Candidates Sally Prentice, left, and Gail Hendry.

Referendum rethink for Labour candidate

Her by-election campaign so far might have been overshadowed by her comments on Scottish independence, but Sally Prentice says she’s now ready to toe the party line and oppose a second referendum.

Council leader Shona Haslam.

Scottish Borders Council executive roles to be agreed tomorrow

The new Conservative-independent ruling coalition at Scottish Borders Council has unveiled the councillors set to take up enhanced-salary positions of special responsibility at its Newtown headquarters.

Langlee Primary School pupils being given a tour of the new school site.

Galashiels school holding open day ahead of demolition this summer

Past pupils of Langlee Primary School are being invited to an open day this weekend ahead of its demolition this summer.

The newly elected Provost of Kelso Dean Weatherston.

Dean becomes youngest-ever Kelso provost

A chain reaction was triggered as Kelso voted in its new town provost and community council chairman.

Andrew McCornick.

Scottish agriculture must get a good deal

Ahead of the ‘Brexit Election’ on June 8, NFU Scotland has used its manifesto to call for the next UK Government to deliver a good deal for Scotland’s agriculture, food and drink industries from forthcoming negotiations.

Gail Hendry launching her campaign in Hawick, accompanied by MP Calum Kerr and MSP Paul Wheelhouse.

Best man for Borders job at Holyrood will be a woman

Whichever way voters go at next month’s by-election for the Scottish Parliament’s Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency, the best man for the job will be a woman.

New council leader Shona Haslam

Learning curve gets steeper for new leader

When newly-elected councillor Shona Haslam talked on Friday about a “steep learning curve” ahead, she had no idea just how precipitous that curve would be.

MP Calum Kerr launching his 2017 re-election campaign in Kelso.

Borders MP launches campaign to keep seat

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP Calum Kerr has launched his campaign to try to thwart John Lamont’s latest attempt to claim the seat for the Conservatives.

SNP campaigner steps into the limelight

SNP campaigner steps into the limelight

Gail Hendry, the SNP’s selection to contest the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire seat in the June 8 by-election may be former First Minister Alex Salmond’s sister, but she has more politics than that running through her veins.

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