Scottish Borders Council (SBC) Leader David Parker has been named Scottish Local Politician of the Year.
The title was confirmed at the annual Scottish Politician of the Year Awards, which took place in Edinburgh last Thursday.
The event, run by The Herald newspaper, is widely recognised as Scotland’s top political awards, with an eight-person judging panel made up of press and broadcast journalists, business leaders and academics making the final decisions.
Councillor Parker was one of three nominations for the Local Politician award, chosen from over 1,200 councillors in Scotland, and scooped the prestigious title in front of City of Edinburgh Council Leader Andrew Burns and Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan.
As well as his 20 years of service to local government, and nearly 13 years as SBC Leader, the judges were impressed by Councillor Parker’s involvement in the Borders Railway project over the last 17 years.
Cllr Parker said he was thrilled to have received this award. “Throughout my political life, I have enjoyed tremendous support from the hardworking team of staff at SBC and my councillor colleagues, and this award is really recognition for all of their hard work on behalf of the Scottish Borders.
“In what has been the busiest year of my working life, it is fantastic to receive recognition for the work on the Borders Railway, but I was only one of many who played a role in delivering this fantastic project.”