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David Mundell will meet Donald Trump in Scotland

In 2016 - US President Donald Trump at his Trump Turnberry golf course in South Ayrshire. Credit: PA

Donald Trump is to be greeted by the Scottish Secretary when he arrives in Scotland on Friday 13 July.

The US president will meet David Mundell when he flies in for what is expected to be a three-day visit to the country.

Mr Trump is believed to be spending the weekend playing golf at his Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire, which he bought in 2014, although there has been no official confirmation of his plans.

Gatherings and rallies are planned across the UK from Thursday 12 July, when Mr Trump is expected to arrive in Britain.

With the president set to travel to Scotland on Friday evening after meeting the Queen at Windsor Castle, a protest is planned for Glasgow's George Square.

A rally will also be held outside the president's Balmedie course in Aberdeenshire on Saturday, and it is expected there could be further demonstrations at Turnberry.

I am looking forward to greeting Mr Trump on behalf of the UK Government when he arrives in Scotland on Friday. The UK and the USA have longstanding and important cultural, trade and security bonds. The President’s visit is an opportunity to strengthen vital links with one of our most important global allies. The President's Scots heritage ‎is well known, and I hope he enjoys his visit to Scotland.”

– Scottish Secretary, David Mundell


David Mundell announces intention to run in 2017 General Election

David Mundell will be putting himself forward as a candidate in the 2017 General Election Credit: PA

Secretary of State for Scotland and Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, David Mundell has announced his intention to run in the proposed 2017 General Election.

The MP tweeted:

This comes after UK Prime Minister, Theresa May's announced her intention to have a snap general election on Thursday, the 8th of June.

Mundell calls for threat of second independence vote to be taken off the table

The Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, has called on Nicola Sturgeon to take the threat of a second independence referendum off the table.

Addressing the Scottish Conservative party conference in Glasgow, the MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, said another vote would be damaging for Scotland and the idea filled him with "utter dismay."

He also insisted more powers will be transferred to Scotland after the UK leaves the EU. Mr Mundell said he still wants to work with the SNP government to get the best deal for Scotland and the UK after Brexit. But he called on Nicola Sturgeon to rule out another independence referendum.


Mundell responds to First Minister's speech

Scottish Secretary David Mundell Credit: PA

Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell has responded to First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon's opening speech to the SNP Conference in Glasgow today.

The Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale says talk of a second independence referendum is creating uncertainty.

“The people of Scotland spoke loudly and clearly in the result of the legal, fair and decisive referendum of 2014 and that should be respected, as the UK and Scottish Governments both committed to do in the Edinburgh Agreement.

"As we prepare to leave the EU, the First Minister should commit her Government to working constructively with the UK Government to seize the opportunities that will bring, not taking Scotland back to the divisive constitutional debates of the past."

– Scottish Secretary David Mundell

Mundell launches cross border timetable

Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, with David Horne & Martin Griffiths at the launch of Virgin Trains' new cross-border timetable Credit: Virgin Trains

Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell, launched the new cross-border timetable in Edinburgh this morning.

The new timetable runs 42 additional services from Edinburgh to London every week.

Mr Mundell highlighted that the Scottish Borders railway will only be extended to Carlisle, if the Scottish Government, local authorities, Network Rail and the UK Government work together.

Obviously if the Border's railway extends, it will be in both Scotland and England. I think it's important that the UK government works closely with the Scottish government to look at the feasibility of this project.

I think it could have a transformational effect in the South of Scotland. I think it could take a lot of freight off the road. I think it could bring more people in to communities like Hawick. I think it's a very good idea.

– David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland and Dumfriesshire MP
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