Opening delivers good news in Selkirk

It was a pleasure to be invited to the opening of Selkirk’s new post office at the Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA) offices.

The Post Office Local is a new type of post office, designed to counteract the loss of many post offices over the past few years. Despite the vital services these stores provide, we have seen more and more forced to shut down in the Borders, including the one at Station Road in Selkirk.

We need to do whatever we can to preserve them, and by siting them in shops and businesses we can ensure they remain profitable.

I am sure that the one being hosted by SBHA will prove to be popular and, hopefully, be the first of many sited in the region.


I recently contacted BEAR Scotland to see when it might be able to clear roadworks currently in place on the A68 south of Jedburgh.

One lane has been closed with temporary traffic lights installed at Lintalee for several months and I know residents in and around Jedburgh have been growing increasingly frustrated at the length of time it is taking.

Despite this, no repair works have been started, and in its response BEAR Scotland admitted having yet to carry out a site investigation.

This is not good enough and means that the road will not be fully opened yet for several more months. The A68 is a major route in and out of the Borders, and we cannot afford to see it partially blocked for much longer.

BEAR Scotland needs to prioritise these repairs so we can remove the traffic lights as soon as possible and get traffic flowing freely in the area once again.


I welcome a ruling from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) giving games producers two months to ensure that their products do not breach consumer protection law.

This follows a report at the end of last year warning parents against games, often targeted at children, which are free to buy, but then require in-game purchases in order to progress.

Several constituents have since been in touch with me to raise concerns about this practice which needed to be curbed.

I am confident that after this ruling, games producers will sit up and take notice. With a vast majority of our children having played online games in the past six months, it is important we do not allow them to get caught out by these aggressive selling tactics.


I was delighted to hear that once again The Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells has been recognised on the national stage.

For years widely regarded as one of the best book shops in the UK, it has also been given the award of Delicatessen of the Year at this year’s Farm & Shop Deli Awards.