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First Minister questioned about Edinburgh Woollen Mill move

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she is 'very disappointed' by Edinburgh Woollen Mill's decision to move its site in Langholm to Carlisle.

Her remark came in response to Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell in the Scottish Parliament, who asked Ms Sturgeon to reveal what support is being offered to help the struggling economy in surrounding areas:

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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
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