Turnbull won’t be playing party politics over Common Good

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COUNCILLOR George Turnbull has vowed to defy party orders and protect Hawick Common Good if necessary.

The Tory councillor gave the assurance at a meeting of Hawick Community Council this week, during a discussion on the controversial proposal to pool revenue from eight of the region’s common good funds, into one single investment strategy trust.

Although community councillors agreed they were less suspicious following a meeting with council leader David Parker, Councillor Turnbull stated: “When it comes to the vote in August, if I am put under the party whip I will be rooting for Hawick, not the Conservatives.”

Chairman John Hope also revealed plans to instigate a petition asking Holyrood to change the law, which currently only allows members of Scottish Borders Council to make Common Good decisions.