Steel show closed after Tory steps in

An exhibition marking the golden anniversary of David Steel’s parliamentary career at Selkirk’s Haining house and running possibly until mid-April was cancelled on Monday just five days after it opened, following an intervention by the area’s Conservative general election candidate John Lamont.

Lord Steel’s wife, Judy, put on the show supported by Scottish Borders Council.

Mr Lamont later told us: “A couple of constituents expressed opinions, and I approached the council on their behalf – I’m guessing about six weeks ago. They were concerned about the timing of the exhibition.They wanted to know more about the council’s role. I knew nothing about it. I went to the council’s chief executive [Tracey Logan] and asked.

“Her first email said she didn’t know, but the chief executive corrected her position: that there was involvement from the council.

“I just forwarded that on, and that was it. There was nothing further after that. I was doing it in a representative capacity. I’ve made no call on the council to do anything, except asking for clarity.”

A spokesperson for The Haining said the exhibition, finished on Monday to respect the customary general election purdah.