Scottish Conservatives name their hopefuls ahead of May council elections

The Scottish Conservatives have announced their full list of candidates for the Scottish Borders Council (SBC) elections.

A total of 14 hopefuls will represent the party in every ward and are all on the campaign trail ahead of the May 3 vote.

Borders MSP and the Conservatives’ local government campaign manager, John Lamont, said: “In each ward we have dedicated and hard-working individuals who are willing to do whatever it takes to fight for their constituents on the issues that matter most to them.

“The experienced Scottish Conservative team on Scottish Borders Council have served the Borders well. They have maintained sound finances, delivered three new high schools, and increased the recycling rate from eight per cent of rubbish being recycled to over 40 per cent. This important election gives Borderers a chance to keep a steady hand on the tiller.”

Of the Tories’ 11 councillors, a number are standing again, such as executive members Sandy Scott (communities and health), Jim Fullarton (roads), George Turnbull (education) and Len Wyse (environmental services).

New candidates include retired soldier John Greenwell, drugs and alcohol youth worker Michelle Ballantyne and chartered engineer Nathanial Buckingham.

Council convenor Alasdair Hutton will stand down next month, as will current leader of the Tories at Newtown St Boswells, Carolyn Riddell-Carre.

She said: “We have a superb mix of highly-experienced existing councillors seeking re-election and some new candidates who will bring a wide level of skills to serve the Borderers.”

The Liberal Democrats are due to announce their council candidates this Monday.

Candidates: Tweeddale West – Nathanial Buckingham; Tweeddale East – Gavin Logan; Galashiels and District – Fiona Lackenby; Selkirkshire – Michelle Ballantyne; Leaderdale and Melrose – Peter Duncan; Mid Berwickshire – Trevor Jones and John Greenwell; East Berwickshire – Jim Fullarton; Kelso and District – Tom Weatherston and Simon Mountford; Jedburgh and District – Sandy Scott and Len Wyse; Hawick and Denholm – Zandra Elliot; Hawick and Hermitage – George Turnbull.