A UK Parliament committee is in Galashiels today to scrutinise issues faced by businesses on the border.
The Scottish Affairs Committee will hear about problems facing businesses and residents of the border regions in Scotland and cross-border issues.
Among the speaker's are Michael Moore MP and Jack Clark, convener of Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce.
Safety on the A7 was the overriding focus of a meeting at Falahill earlier this week between local MP Michael Moore and key organisations in the construction of the Borders railway.
Mr Moore convened the meeting at one of the busiest construction points and was joined by the Director of Environment and Infrastructure at Scottish Borders Council, the Network Rail Project Director, the Head of the Construction team at Contractor BAM and the local police inspector for the area.
The Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore, is expected to say that the Scottish independence debate will not descend into a battle about identity.
Mr Moore is due to speak at a fringe meeting of the Liberal Democrat Conference, which is taking place in Glasgow.
The referendum on Scotland's future will be held on 18th September 2014.
Mr Moore is expected to say that the debate will not become a wrangle over 'Scottishness'.
The Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore has issued the following statement regarding the death of former Scottish Conservative Party leader David McLetchie.
The MP for the Scottish Borders, Michael Moore, has today announced his support for a Government campaign to crackdown on nuisance calls and texts.
It follows the launch of an action plan last week by Ofcom and the Information Commissioners Office outlining how the Government and regulators plan to tackle nuisance calls.
The Borders MP has welcomed the move, saying that the issue of nuisance calls and texts is one that can prove particularly intimidating to his constituents:
“A number of my constituents have contacted me in recent months about nuisance calls because, particularly for older people, they can be extremely frustrating and intimidating.
“I welcome this news that the UK Government and regulators are working together to tackle this issue.
"For too long, Borderers have had to put up with nuisance calls so it’s good to see that action is finally being taken.
“The Government has committed to bringing forward legislation in the autumn to strengthen the regulators and allow them to share intelligence about firms responsible for nuisance calls.
He also suggested how those affected can speed up the campaign.
“To make this as effective as possible, regulators need help to identify the companies responsible. To do this, I want to encourage Borderers to register their complaints through the Which? online complaints tool at** **www.which.co.uk.”
An MP from the Borders has written to the Justice Secretary Kenny MacKaskill to express his concerns about possible court closures in the Borders.
This is the second time that Michael Moore has done so, the first being after plans were proposed to close courts in Duns, Selkirk and Peebles.
The Borders MP believes that the plans could reduce the speed of, and accessibility to justice for victims of crime in the region.
The Scottish Court Service has since decided to keep the Selkirk Court open but plans remain to close those in Peebles and Duns.
A consultation was launched on these proposals and closed at the end of last month - the findings of which are due to be published in the spring.
Should the SCS decide to recommend court closures following the consultation, the final decision would be made by the Scottish Parliament.
The Berwickshire MP and Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has said motorists across the Borders will welcome the decision by the Chancellor to abandon a planned 3p rise in fuel duty, due in January:
The Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore, officially opened a new Sykes call centre in Galashiels.
The centre has created 40 jobs in the region, with hopefully more to follow.
Kathryn Samson has the full report:
The new Sykes contact centre in Galashiels could create up to 200 new jobs, as part of the firm's expansion plans.
The Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore, will officially open a new Sykes contact centre in Galashiels, which could create up to 200 new jobs.
He'll be visiting Sykes in Galashiels as part of his Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency.
Forty staff have already been hired to assist with calls and enquiries on behalf of Argos.
Sykes have been operating from its Netherdale warehouse for over 30 years, providing storage handling and distribution services to the Borders town.
A new contact centre is part of the firm's expansion plans, meaning up to 200 new jobs could be created by 2014.
Sykes received almost 200 applications from job seekers when the initial 40 vacancies were advertised.