Tweeddale MP David Mundell has expressed his disappointment and anger that SNP MSPs have pushed through plans that will close Peebles Sheriff Court.
Tweeddale member Christine Grahame, the Justice committee convener, was one of the MSP's who backed the closure plans.
"Peebles and its court have been let down by their local MSP. I am deeply disappointed that Christine Grahame wasn’t able to stand up to her SNP whips and make sure that the MSPs got their say.
"Local people have been badly let down by democracy and I am quite certain that local justice will suffer as a consequence of this decision.
“The SNP members today had a chance to stand up for their communities, but instead took the cowardly way out to ensure they didn’t upset Alex Salmond.
"This is a damaging decision, and one that we will soon see is a mistake."
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