On tonight's programme the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown warns the Union wouldn't be safe in Boris Johnson's hands. And the defecto deputy PM David Lidington also weighs in, telling Representing Border that Boris Johnson's failure to rule out a no deal Brexit damages the United Kingdom. Peter MacMahon speaks to Deputy First Minister John Swinney about the Tory leadership contender and about the Scottish Government's education reforms. Also on the programme, coming of age in the devolution era. Young people from the Borders tell us what they think of the Scottish Parliament ahead of this weekend's twentieth anniversary celebrations
With Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt set to contest the next phase of the Tory leadership contest we ask the Scotsman's Joyce McMillan and Kieran Andrews from The Times how it will play out north of the Border. Also on the programme - only one in ten Scottish farmers are positive about their post Brexit future according to their Union's biggest members survey. We report from the Royal Highland show. And the Scottish Government delays planned reforms to make it easier and faster for people to legally change their gender. Peter MacMahon speaks to the Equalities Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville.
Peter MacMahon presents tonight's programme from Westminster as the International Development Secretary Rory Stewart is knocked out of the Tory leadership contest. The frontrunner Boris Johnson is branded a racist and not fit for office by the SNP Peter speaks to the Borders MP John Lamont who's backing Jeremy Hunt for number ten. And we hear too from the Scotsman's Westminster correspondent on the impact the leadership battle's having on the Scottish Tory party. Also on the programme, MSPs approve the principles of the workplace parking levy, but only after a bad tempered debate.
As climate emergency campaigners converge on Holyrood to demand more urgent action on cutting greenhouse gas emissions we'll debate the new targets agreed today by MSPs with the Greens and Conservatives. And Peter MacMahon speaks to the Climate Change Secretary. Also on the programme, three years on from the referendum we hear the Brexit hopes and fears of two South of Scotland farmers. Plus, from the horrors of civil war to the safety of the South west. We report on the successes and struggles of Syrian refugees making a new life in Dumfries.
After Boris Johnson wins round one of the Tory leadership contest the Scottish Secretary David Mundell tells Representing Border he isn't now ruling out serving in a Johnson cabinet. We have the details of the first ballot. And our regular commentators Joyce McMillan and Alex Massie consider what a Johnson premiership might mean for the Tories north of the border.
On tonight's programme - Boris Johnson makes his pitch for the Tory leadership claiming the survival of his party depends on no more Brexit delays. We ask the Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson if she could work with a Prime Minister Johnson. Also on the programme - a question of gender and sex. The row over what should be asked in the next census, and what it means for trans rights and women's rights.
Despite being defeated in Parliament the Scottish Government has refused to scrap National Standardised Assessments for the youngest pupils. Peter MacMahon speaks to the Education Secretary after John Swinney unveils a review of the tests for five year olds which concludes they should continue, albeit with modifications. Also on the programme, a green light for new rules on organ transplants. Now it will be presumed people have given their consent to donations unless they've said otherwise. And not that superfast. A South of Scotland MSP calls on Ministers to apologise after they admit the rollout of their scheme to provide a hundred percent broadband coverage has been delayed.
On tonight's programme - MSPs give the green light for a new Enterprise Agency to bring jobs and businesses to the South of Scotland. Also on the programme - who will Scottish Conservatives back to succeed Theresa May? We hear from Rachel Watson, the Scottish Daily Mail's Deputy Political Editor and to Andy Maciver, the former Tory spin doctor and current director of the public affair's company Message Matters. And Peter MacMahon speaks to Judy Murray about getting the country fit for the future, and how more women can be encouraged to take up sport.
On tonight's programme - Donald Trump and the promise of a phenomenal trade deal. But the President insists access to the NHS for private US companies would be the price Britain has to pay for a post Brexit agreement. The co-leader of the Greens in Holyrood Alison Johnstone and Dumfriesshire's Tory MSP Oliver Mundell debate if Donald Trump should have been honoured with a state visit. Also on the programme, the calls for a radical new approach to drugs policy as the death toll grows in the South of Scotland. And the climate emergency campaigners who chained themselves to parliament with a novel way of unlocking access to MSPs.
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