Children at a school in the Scottish Borders have been learning about politics by hosting their own election.
Channelkirk Primary School pupils made up their own parties and policies, before voting for a winner.
Teachers hoped the experience would engage the youngsters with the political process.
Paul Brand and guests discuss the election campaign so far; the cost of living row, and how much money we need to afford a decent life.Read the full story ›
Paul Brand presents this month's political programme from Westminster.
Scotland's only Conservative MP - Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale's David Mundell - is among the guests to discuss the ups and downs of the election campaign so far.
Also in the programme; how much money do we need to earn, to be able to have a decent life?
Join Paul Brand for Around The House tonight (Thurs 22 January) at the new earlier time of 10.40pm on ITV, or at 11.10pm - after Representing Border - if you are watching on Freeview in the South of Scotland.
Jim Murphy has been elected leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
Scottish Conservative party leader Ruth Davidson has pledged to scrap free prescriptions if they get into power in Holyrood.
She told the party conference in Edinburgh that the money would go towards funding 1,000 extra nurses and midwives in the NHS.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has pledged to scrap free prescriptions in order to fund 1,000 extra nurses and midwives in the NHS if her party gains power at Holyrood.
The additional staff would be recruited using money saved from ending universal free prescriptions, which were introduced by the SNP government almost three years ago.
"Under the SNP, the number of nurses and midwives in Scotland has gone up and down like a fiddler's elbow. Two thousand posts gone over two years.
"Right now - hundreds of places down, creating an intolerable pressure on those who are left.
"It's time we did something about it. That's why today I am able to announce the Scottish Conservatives will pledge an extra 1,000 nurses and midwives for Scotland. And, once introduced, we will not let numbers drop below that mark."
ITV's Pam Royle speaks to Councillor Colin Smith from Dumfries and Galloway council about proposals for new railway stations in the region
The council decided today it would put in a bid to get a slice of a £30million pot from the Scottish Government, which has been set aside to redevelop railways throughout the country.
If successful, Stranraer would be refurbished and new stations would be built at Thornhill, Eastriggs, Dunragit-Glenluce and Beattock. The council says they would be built in that order - based on the greatest need - as passenger numbers continue to grow in Southern Scotland.
Earlier today Rob Johnston, Chief Executive of Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce spoke with ITV Border about what today's news on the Cumbrian economy means for jobs and business in the area.
There has been mixed reports on the state of the Cumbrian economy.
Businesses say they believe the county is on the road to recovery.
Many firms are reporting that they're more optimistic than at any time since the recession began.
But that optimism seems to be at odds with the experience of many workers, who still say they are facing tough times and seeing little sign of improvement.
Those in the public sector seem to be hardest hit.
The union, UNISON, says across the North West of England 40,000 jobs have gone since 2012.
They say that's seven per cent of public sector jobs.
So is the economy turning a corner or is there more hardship ahead?
Tim Backshall has this special report:
Businesses in Cumbria say they believe the county's economy is on the road to recovery, while some MPs and individuals think there's still a long way to go.
Many firms are reporting that they're more optimistic than at any time since the recession began with some now beginning to take on extra staff.
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