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'Parliament day' underway in Dumfries

The Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee meeting Credit: ITV Border

"Parliament day" has kicked off in Dumfries, giving local people direct access to national decision makers.

For the first time, the Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee is meeting in the town.

Three petitions by local people are to be heard over the day. They'll then be taken back to Holyrood for consideration.

The day also provides the chance for the parliament's presiding officer to go and visit some local school children and businesses to talk about democracy in Scotland.


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Does Conservative leader have new speechwriter in West Wing's Aaron Sorkin?

Credit: 'The American President' - Castle Rock Entertainment

Ever wonder where our politicians get their best lines? Well it seems Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is a fan of fictional American Presidents, and in particaular the scripts of West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin. Michael Douglas plays Andrew Shepherd in the 1995 film The American President - a big screen forerunner of the TV series the West Wing. Perhaps a Hollywood rather than a Holyrood career beckons for Ruth Davidson.


D&G control room closures debated

Plans to close police control rooms across Scotland have been debated in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.

Proposals by Police Scotland would see sites across the country shut.

One of the first earmarked for closure is Dumfries, which could close as early as April with the loss of 30 posts.

MSPs from all areas challenged Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill at Holyrood, who visited Dumfries yesterday.

Great tapestry of Scotland unveiled

A part of the tapestry shows the creation of Border TV Credit: ITV News Border

A huge tapestry that tells the story of Scotland's history has been unveiled at the Scottish Parliament.The 143 metre long artwork is one of the longest in the world.

It took 1,000 master stitchers around 50,000 hours to bring the piece to life.

The 160 panels capture key moments in time, including the battle of Flodden, the building of the great border abbeys and even the creation of Border TV!

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