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Foodbank trust: Mundell 'brave' to attend opening

It was NOT a mistake to invite Scotland's only Conservative MP to the opening of a new foodbank, according to the Trussell Trust.

The charity's Scotland Network Manager says they invited local elected politicians from all the major political parties, and that David Mundell was "brave" to attend the event:

I was glad that he came to the foodbank today, I was glad that he made an effort to be here.

It was a brave move, and a bold move. He's had a lot of negative feedback about being at the launch of the Peebleshire foodbank, and I was happy to welcome him today.

I wasn't asking people to agree with his politics, I wasn't asking them to agree with his view on the Scotland Bill, or the Budget.

I was asking people to welcome him as a human being, and I think he came today to represent his constituents, many of whom are going to have to use this foodbank."

– Ewan Gurr, Scotland Network Manager

Protestor slams 'ridiculous' Mundell

A protestor has called Conservative MP David Mundell "ridiculous", after he attended the opening of a foodbank in Dumfries.

Lesley-Anne McLelland was part of a group of around 50 campaigners, who surrounded the Scottish Secretary's car as he left the event, chanting "shame on you":

David Mundell is coming to open a foodbank today, and in the past he has made the ridiculous claim that there is no link between austerity and foodbanks.

I just find it absolutely ridiculous that somebody in his position can A, say that, and B, come along and open a foodbank.

– Lesley-Anne McLelland, protestor

Mr Mundell says he's disappointed the issue of foodbanks has become politicised, and that he's determined to help everyone in his constituency - whatever their political beliefs.

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Protestors swarm Mundell's car at foodbank opening

Protestors swarmed around Conservative MP David Mundell's car today, as he opened a new foodbank in Dumfries.

As he attempted to leave the premises through the back door, around 50 people surrounded his car, many with placards criticising the Conservative Party.

Police escorted David Mundell's car through the crowd. Credit: ITV Border
Police escorted David Mundell's car through the crowd. Credit: ITV Border
The protestors say Conservative policies mean more foodbanks are needed. Credit: ITV Border
The protestors say Conservative policies mean more foodbanks are needed. Credit: ITV Border

The protestors have called his visit hypocritical, because they say changes to the welfare system are increasing the need for foodbanks.

But Mr Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, says he was invited to the opening, and denies the link between his party's welfare reforms and foodbanks.

Man attempts to 'Lap the Planet' in record time

Peter Smith prepares to leave. Credit: ITV Border

A man from Dalton is beginning his attempt to cycle around the world... in fewer than 100 days.

If he's successful, Peter Smith, 51, will have broken the record, which currently stands at 125 days.

He'll also be the oldest person to have "lapped the planet".

It was something I'd always been interested in, just never thought I'd get the opportunity.

Over the last couple of years, circumstances came together to give me the opportunity to do it.

When I realised the record was 125 days, I thought that's doable.

Then I thought about about actually trying to make a piece of history, which is under 100 days."

– Peter Smith

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David Mundell to open Dumfries foodbank

David Mundell MP. Credit: PA

Conservative MP David Mundell is to open a new foodbank in Dumfries today.

It will be the second foodbank in the town, and will be based at the Apex Centre.

However, the Scottish Secretary's presence has drawn criticism from his political opponents, who say the Government's welfare policies are leading to an increased use of foodbanks.

Mr. Mundell has denied that claim.

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