We’ve been gagged, claim SNP’s Borders councillors

Scottish National Party councillors in the region claim they are being left out in the cold and have been as good as gagged after losing out to the Conservatives at this month’s local election.

Watson McAteer was Hawick's cheapest councillor last year, but his salary will go up this year now he is on Scottish Borders Council's executive.

Hawick’s councillors cost taxpayer £127,000 last year, report reveals

Hawick’s councillors cost taxpayers more than £127,000 last financial year, figures out this week reveal.

The Borders Distillery site in Commercial Road, Hawick.

£13m Hawick distillery’s zero-waste plant bid gets thumbs-up

A former sweet factory site is to become home to a new zero-waste facility being built in conjunction with the new £10m Borders Distillery in Hawick.

Police outside the Manchester Arena last night.

Borders MPs condemn terror attack at concert

The Borders’ two sitting MPs have added their voices to the horror expressed following last night’s terrorist atrocity in Manchester.

News 1
Youngsters Aiden Middlemass and Ellen Dobbie adding their signatures to the Wilton Lodge Park cafe structure as an alternative to a time capsule.

Concern mounting that Hawick park cafe might not be open in time for summer season

Concern is growing that an operator has still not been appointed to run a centrepiece facility created as part of the £3.6m revamp of Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park.

News 3
Stuart Marshall, left, and Watson McAteer.

Two Hawick councillors given executive roles

The new Conservative-independent ruling administration at Scottish Borders Council has been accused of diminishing democracy by excluding opposition councillors from its executive.

ELECTION 2017 ROUND-UP: Polls predict ‘bluewash’ as Emily Thornberry turns airwaves blue

ELECTION 2017 ROUND-UP: Polls predict ‘bluewash’ as Emily Thornberry turns airwaves blue

The election machines have well and truly kicked into gear, so who’s had a good week, and who’s had a bad week on the campaign trail?

Politics 4
Candidates Sally Prentice, left, and Gail Hendry.

Referendum rethink for Labour candidate

Her by-election campaign so far might have been overshadowed by her comments on Scottish independence, but Sally Prentice says she’s now ready to toe the party line and oppose a second referendum.

Council leader Shona Haslam.

Scottish Borders Council executive roles to be agreed tomorrow

The new Conservative-independent ruling coalition at Scottish Borders Council has unveiled the councillors set to take up enhanced-salary positions of special responsibility at its Newtown headquarters.

Langlee Primary School pupils being given a tour of the new school site.

Galashiels school holding open day ahead of demolition this summer

Past pupils of Langlee Primary School are being invited to an open day this weekend ahead of its demolition this summer.

Andrew McCornick.

Scottish agriculture must get a good deal

Ahead of the ‘Brexit Election’ on June 8, NFU Scotland has used its manifesto to call for the next UK Government to deliver a good deal for Scotland’s agriculture, food and drink industries from forthcoming negotiations.

Gail Hendry launching her campaign in Hawick, accompanied by MP Calum Kerr and MSP Paul Wheelhouse.

Best man for Borders job at Holyrood will be a woman

Whichever way voters go at next month’s by-election for the Scottish Parliament’s Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency, the best man for the job will be a woman.

Stuart Marshall, Clair Ramage and Neil Richards, Hawick and Denholm's councillors.

Two new faces join Hawick’s six-strong line-up on Scottish Borders Council

Independent councillors Stuart Marshall and Watson McAteer were emphatic victors in the two Hawick wards at last week’s Scottish Borders Council election.

MP Calum Kerr launching his 2017 re-election campaign in Kelso.

Borders MP launches campaign to keep seat

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP Calum Kerr has launched his campaign to try to thwart John Lamont’s latest attempt to claim the seat for the Conservatives.

SNP campaigner steps into the limelight

SNP campaigner steps into the limelight

Gail Hendry, the SNP’s selection to contest the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire seat in the June 8 by-election may be former First Minister Alex Salmond’s sister, but she has more politics than that running through her veins.

Stuart Bell, Shona Haslam and Robin Tatler, the new Tweeddale East councillors

Newly-elected councillor Shona Haslam to be SBC leader

Following last week’s council elections, the Scottish Borders Conservative Group and the independent alliance have agreed a proposed administration partnership, subject to formal approval by council on Thursday, May 18, to run Scottish Borders Council for the next five years.

Simon Mountford and Tom Weatherston are leading the Conservatives in their bargaining with independents

SNP tries to scupper Tories’ plans to control SBC

The leader of the newly-elected SNP group on Scottish Borders Council has today (Monday) unveiled plans to form a “minority administration” to run the local authority.

Politics 1
Watson McAteer, David Paterson and George Turnbull - Hawick & Hermitage councillors

Local elections: Wards 10 and 11 declared, and epic overall victory for the Conservatives

It’s all done and dusted at today’s local election count in Kelso’s Springwood Hall, and it is a new-look Scottish Borders Council that will be looking after our interests for the next five years.

Politics 1
Carol Hamilton, Jim Fullarton and Helen Laing - East Berwickshire Councillors

Local Election, wards 7, 8 and 9 - East Berwickshire, Kelso and District, Jedburgh and District

The Conservatives have taken hold of these three seats with a first and second placing in each, which could well lead the way towards a Tory-run council.

John Greenwell, Donald Moffat and Mark Rowley - Mid-Berwickshire councillors

Local Elections ward 6 – Mid Berwickshire

The Conservatives took the first two places in the Mid Berwickshire ward, with John Greenwell winning and Mark Rowley coming second.

Load more