Scottish Borders MP Michael Moore has welcomed the creation of a new expert safety group following the deaths of three spectators on the Jim Clark rally.
The safety panel will examine safety at all motorsport events and Sir Jackie Stewart will provide expert advice.
" I am a huge fan of motorsport and I have always enjoyed watching the Jim Clark Rally. The tragic deaths of three people at the event this year has hit our community incredibly hard and I am sure everyone will welcome this review which must ensure that this tragedy is never again repeated.
“I am glad to hear that Sir Jackie Stewart will be involved in the review as he will bring his expertise to the table. It is vital that the review pinpoints areas where the Rally’s safety can be improved so that this long-held Borders tradition can continue for all to enjoy. "
– Michael Moore MP, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
Iain Provan, 64, Elizabeth Allan, 63 and Len Stern, 71, were killed in what was the second of two crashes at the popular rally on May 31, 2014.
Commenting after the news of Michael Moore's replacement in the Cabinet, the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce Convener Jack Clark said:
“Everyone in the Scottish Borders will be disappointed by this news.
"Michael Moore has been an effective and intelligent Scottish Secretary, not least for his role in framing the Scotland Act and the Edinburgh Agreement which sets the terms of next year’s independence referendum.
“I know Michael personally and have always been struck by his passion for people and his kindness. It is not surprising that he is liked and respected across the political divide.
"He has been an effective and diligent MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk.
"Michael will now be able to devote more time to his constituency, which I am sure he will do with the care and diligence we have come to expect from him.”
– ack Clark, Convener, Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce
Following Nick Clegg's decision to replace Michael Moore as Secretary of State for Scotland, the Borders MP released the following statement:
"It has been a huge privilege to serve as Secretary of State for Scotland for the past three years. The constitutional debate is at a critical point and I am proud of the part I have played in it so far.
"Delivering more powers for the Scottish Parliament through the Scotland Act and negotiating the Edinburgh Agreement to secure a legal, fair and decisive referendum are two particular highlights.
"Throughout my time in government I have drawn great support from people across the Borders. I am hugely grateful for that support and I have been proud to draw attention to the region in the work that I have been doing nationally.
"But my ongoing constituency work over the past few years has kept me focussed on the challenges facing people and I will continue to work hard on behalf of my constituents in the months ahead."