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MSP Lamont calls for bus cuts meeting

John Lamont. Credit: John Lamont.

A local MSP has hit out at proposals to axe a number of bus routes in the Scottish Borders.

John Lamont, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, says he has requested a meeting with First Group, which is considering the cuts.

While these services may not be that well used, in a rural area like the Borders they are vital for some, including pensioners and those who don’t drive.

Instead of cutting services, I want bus operators and the Council to work together to ensure that we have a properly integrated transport system in the Borders which fits people’s needs.

– John Lamont MSP


MSP working to secure Hawick Knitwear jobs

John Lamont, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, has said he's working as hard as he can to secure jobs, following the decision to place Hawick Knitwear into administration:

We'd hoped that we'd been through the worst of the job losses. Knitwear and textiles in the Borders has faced some tough times but we'd hoped that things would be a bit more stable.

But clearly the world economy is still not as strong as it once was and we face tough times, and clearly the management here have had a very tough decision to make and we're now working as hard as we can to try and secure the future of these jobs."

– John Lamont, MSP, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire

Lamont: Budget will 'reward hard working families'

John Lamont MSP. Credit: ITV Border

Conservative MSP John Lamont has welcomed the first Tory-only Budget for nearly 20 years.

He says it'll "reward hard working families in the Borders", and stabilise the UK economy:

I was delighted to hear the measures announced by the Chancellor in his budget. By taking those on the lowest pay out of income tax altogether and introducing a new National Living Wage of £9, the UK Government is rewarding work and allowing those on the lowest incomes to keep more of what they earn.

At a time when household budgets are stretched I know that this will come as real help to many households in the Borders.

The Chancellor has had to take some tough decisions over welfare spending, but these measures will ensure that the UK will finally be doing the responsible thing and raising more money than it spends by 2019.

I’m also pleased with new measures such as the further freeze on fuel duty and the planned reduction in corporation tax, which will both be good for jobs in the Borders."

– John Lamont MSP

And the MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire has also taken the opportunity to attack the SNP-dominated Scottish government:

Like their plans for Full Fiscal Autonomy, the Scottish Government’s attacks on this budget are just not credible.

The Chancellor is taking the tough decisions needed to bring the deficit down and secure the economic future of the UK.

Soon, the SNP is going to have to demonstrate how it will use new fiscal powers and show that it too can make the difficult choices needed to manage tax and spending.”

– John Lamont MSP


Three months to enforce Borders traffic order

The Scottish Border Council say it could take up to three months to put up signs that will stop people parking on zig-zag lines at schools.

The council were subject to fierce criticism after it was discovered that the road markings were not covered by a traffic order, meaning police could not take action.

In some cases lines had been painted years ago without them being covered by a Traffic Regulation Order.

The council have now announced that the paperwork for the Traffic Regulation Order's needed to cover these lines was completed on Monday 17 February, but can't be enforced until the signs can be put up. Something which could take up to 12 weeks.

Borders MSP wins US-style primary elections

A Borders MSP has been voted in as the next Conservative Candidate for Westminster in a groundbreaking election process.

The US-style open primary saw hundreds of people attend a packed out Kelso Tait Hall last night to vote.

They chose current Member of the Scottish Parliament John Lamont to contest the Westminster seat for the region next year. Jenny Longden reports.

US style open primary hailed a huge success

A US-style open primary election to find a Conservative candidate for the next General Election has been hailed a huge success.

A packed out Kelso Tait Hall during the open primary elections. Credit: ITV News Border

More than 300 people attend the question and answer session at the Kelso Tait Hall on Sunday, 16 February.

John Lamont takes questions from the audience Credit: ITV News Border

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont was chosen to stand against current MP Michael Moore at the Westminster elections next year.

Councillor Michelle Ballantyne is questioned Credit: ITV News Border

It was a choice between Mr Lamont and the leader of the Conservative party group at Scottish Borders Council, Councillor Michelle Ballantyne.

300 people vote in Kelso's US-style open primary

A Borders MSP has been chosen by the public to stand as the conservative candidate for Westminster next year, in a groundbreaking election process.

More than 300 people voted in the US-style open primary in Kelso last night.

MSP John Lamont was voted in as the preferred candidate for the next general election.

It's the first time a selection contest of this type has been held in Scotland, and it could be rolled out across the country.

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