50 Days to the referendum

With 50 days to go until the Scottish referendum, we look ahead to Representing Border's first televised, independence debate.

Pizza, politics and the referendum

ITV Border Political Editor, Peter MacMahon, blogs on the competing claims over promises of more powers for Scotland

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Representing Border Special: Independence Debate in Stranraer

Representing Border is holding three special debates ahead of the independence referendum on September 18th, aimed at allowing would-be voters to get the information they need from politicians and other interested parties. This is the first of our debates, recorded on Monday at the North West Castle Hotel in Stranraer. The town has suffered economically in recent years, so money is one of the prominent topics on the agenda. The other debates will be held in Dumfries next month and Hawick in September.


Politicians urge public to join 'Great Tweed Trek'

Scottish Borders MP Michael Moore and Council Leader David Parker are encouraging the public to join in with their 97 mile trek along the Tweed.

They'll set off from Tweedsmuir on Monday 25th August, and finish in Berwick on Sunday 30th August.

The timetable is as follows:

  • Day 1 - Tweedsmuir to Bellspool, Distance 16.5m
  • Day 2 - Bellspool to Innerleithen, Distance 13.8m
  • Day 3 - Innerleithen to Melrose, Distance 16.7m
  • Day 4 - Melrose to Kelso, Distance 17.9m
  • Day 5 - Kelso to Norham, Distance 15.7m
  • Day 6 - Norham to Berwick, Distance 9.9m


Opposing Scottish politicians come together in charity walk

Two opposing Scottish Borders politicians are putting their differences aside to walk 97 miles together along the length of the River Tweed.

MP Michael Moore and Council Leader David Parker will complete the challenge next month to raise money for two local charities.

But it may be difficult for the pair to avoid discussing one subject - the Scottish Referendum.

Mr Moore plans to vote no while Mr Parker is in the yes campaign.

New nuclear plan launched after Cumbria rejects bid

The Government has launched a new long term plan to deal with the UK's radioactive waste, after plans to put it in Cumbria were rejected a year ago.

The Sellafield nuclear site was previously considered as a possible site for the underground storage
The Sellafield nuclear site was previously considered as a possible site for the underground storage Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria County Council turned down plans to build a 12 billion pounds underground nuclear waste store in our region last year.

Under today's new strategy, the Government will survey the whole country to find out where would be most suitable to store the waste.

The survey will take two years to complete.

Council approve West Cumbrian school closure

Cumbria County Council have today approved the move to close two failing secondary schools in West Cumbria, in favour of replacing them with a single academy.

Southfield Technology College and Stainburn school in Workington will now close in August 2015, delaying the closure from the end of this year.

The proposed new academy will have 1,200 places for school children.

Future of Scotland's nuclear waste questioned

ITV Border has learnt that Sellafield could stop taking nuclear waste from Scotland if the country decides to go independent.

The Copeland MP Jamie Reed has told this programme that international laws mean Scotland would have to deal with its own radioactive material rather than export it.

The Scottish government says they'd negotiate a solution.

In response the Scottish Government said:

“An independent Scotland will ensure that the nuclear legacy inherited from the UK is managed safely and effectively, something that would be in the interests of both countries. Indeed, the management of radioactive waste is a devolved matter and, as such, is already the responsibility of the Scottish Ministers. Following a vote for independence the way in which the UK’s nuclear legacy is managed will be the subject of detailed negotiations.”

– Spokesperson, Scottish Government
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