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SNP selects Alex Salmond's sister for Borders by-election

Gail Hendry will contest the Borders by-election for the SNP Credit: SNP

The Scottish National Party has selected Alex Salmond's sister Gail Hendry to fight the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire by-election.

The contest was sparked when John Lamont stepped down as MSP to fight the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk seat at the General Election.

Mr Lamont won the seat for the Conservatives at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election with a majority of more than 7,000 votes.

Gail Hendry lives in Hawick and works as a lecturer at Borders College. She is chair of Hawick and District SNP, Convener of the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Selkirk Constituency Association and was campaign co-ordinator and election agent in 2015 to Calum Kerr, when he won the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk.

The Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire by-election is being held on the same day as the General Election on June 8.

The following candidates have also been confirmed for the by-election.

  • Rachael Hamilton, Cons
  • Sally Prentice, Lab
  • Catriona Bhatia, Lib Dem


WATCH: Moment of serenity as MSPs practice Tai Chi

There was a moment of serenity in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, as MSPs took a break from debating to practice Tai Chi.

The ancient Chinese martial art is supposed to bring about a state of mental calm, and the session was organised by Age Scotland as part of their Let's Get Moving campaign.


Mundell: New income tax powers for Scottish Parliament should be in place by 2017

Scottish Secretary and South of Scotland MP David Mundell Credit: ITV Border

Scottish Secretary and South of Scotland MP David Mundell says new income tax powers for the Scottish Parliament should be in place in 2017, a year earlier than planned.

Talking at the Conservative Party conference he told ITV that the UK Government wants to see the new powers come into force as soon as possible.

But the SNP say the Bill fails to meet promises made in the post-referendum Smith Commission and they will not support any deal which would leave Scotland worse off.

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