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Claims of 'Border effect' by Shadow Scottish Secretary

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran tours a Lockerbie factory
Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran tours a Lockerbie factory Credit: ITV News Border

Independence will create a 'border effect', reducing the flow of trade between Scotland and the rest of the UK, according to a new report by Scottish Labour.

The briefing paper claims trade will be 83% lower after 30 years in the event of independence.

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran highlighted the so-called 'border effect' during a trip to a Lockerbie factory this afternoon, Thursday 17 July.

The Yes campaign claim the paper is based on out-of-date data that is irrelevant to Scotland.

Shadow Scottish secretary to visit southern Scotland

Shadow Scottish secretary to visit southern Scotland
Margaret Curran, shadow Scottish secretary, is visiting southern Scotland

The shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran is visiting Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders today.

With just weeks to go until the independence referendum, the Labour MP will be speaking about the potential effect that having a more formalised border could have on international trade.

The SNP are arguing any negative assertions are based on what they describe as "inaccurate data".

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Cumbria and Scotland affected by paedophile arrests

Cumbria and Scotland have seen a total of 17 arrests in connection with a six-month, nation-wide police operation into child abuse.

The operation saw a total of 660 suspected paedophiles arrested across Britain.

In Cumbria four people have been arrested while 13 arrests have been made across Scotland.

Police Scotland have not released a regional breakdown of their arrests.

READ: '660 suspected paedophiles' arrested in major operation

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Mixed feelings on Kelsae Stone

A modern sculpture that cost £40,000 has been unveiled in a historic Scottish Borders town.

The Kelsae Stone is the first bit of public art to go in Kelso's main square for 300 years.

The artist has chiselled the names of surrounding communities into the rock.

So how has it gone down with the locals? Mattew Taylor's been to find out:

But what do you think of the new sculpture? A waste of money or a bright new addition?

Get in touch with your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter or email us at pamandian@itv.com

Inquiry launched into issues affecting southern Scotland

An inquiry into the issues affecting people in the south of Scotland is underway.

The investigation, 'Our Borderlands - Our Future' is being held by the Scottish Affairs Select Committee.

It aims to address two central questions:

  • Are current structures working as effectively as they could to benefit the people in the south of Scotland
  • How can the UK and Scottish Governments work together with Local Authorities to deliver appropriate and effective policies to support economic development and growth in the south of Scotland?

People can respond to the inquiry online and address the differing points relating to EU structural funds, unemployment, economic development and enterprise, among others.

The inquiry has been welcomed by one local MP, Michael Moore:

“I am glad to see that the inquiry is looking into issues such as unemployment, economic development and the need for a new enterprise body for the region.

“I want to encourage Borders businesses and local people to take part in this inquiry and make their views known so that we can raise awareness of the obstacles that are holding our region back and begin to tackle them.”

– MICHAEL MOORE MP, BERWICKSHIRE, ROXBURGH AND SELKIRK

£40,000 Kelsae Stone to be unveiled

The official unveiling will take place of a new piece of artwork in the centre of Kelso.

The Kelsae Stone was chosen as the winner of a £40,000 public art competition.

The stone for the 20 ton artwork was sourced from southern India.

It's been inscribed with the names of places around the Kelso area and will be unveiled in the town's square this afternoon.

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