First Minister announces Borders visit

Scotland's First Minister has announced his cabinet will be visiting the Borders this summer.

Alex Salmond, alongside other Scottish ministers, will visit Hawick between the 20th and 21st of August.

They will take part in a range of activities, visits and open question and answer sessions with members of the public.

His summer cabinet has visited Stranraer, Dumfries and Melrsoe over the past few years.

“For the past five years, the Scottish Government has taken its summer cabinet programme to every corner of Scotland, with meetings in such diverse locations as Renfrew, Melrose, Dundee and Skye.

“The summer recess gives us an incredibly important opportunity to get out and meet people from a wide range of backgrounds and communities and hear their views on a range of issues.

"I know all of the cabinet are all looking forward to another exciting and valuable round of visits during this year’s programme.

"This year we will be visiting Shetland, Hawick, Campbeltown and Fraserburgh where we will be talking and listening to local people in every corner of the country about the things that matter to them.

“I am determined that we continue to work with the people of Scotland to give them the stronger economy, fairer society and brighter future we all deserve. These summer cabinets are an important part of helping to build that future and I hope as many people as possible will join us during this exciting programme.”

– First Minister Alex Salmond