Ex-cop to stand at SBC election

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The Borders Liberal Democrats have selected former local policeman, Ian Turnbull, to be their candidate in the upcoming Hawick and Denholm by-election.

Born and bred Teri Mr Turnbull has been revealed as the party’s candidate for the May election, following the death of Zandra Elliot last month. He is an experienced local campaigner, and was a leading figure in the successful campaign to save the Driving Test Centre. He told the Hawick News: “I am delighted to have been selected to contest the Hawick and Denholm ward. I am someone who is keen to get stuck in with issues that affect people living in my community.”

Mr Turnbull says his main focus will be jobs for local people and the state of the High Street, but also speeding, dog fouling and litter. He added: “I want to work closely with local Liberal Democrats such as Michael Moore, Councillor Ron Smith and Jim Hume MSP.”

Mr Moore commented: “I am delighted Mr Turnbull is standing for the Liberal Democrats. He is a born and bred Hawick resident who is passionate about local issues and solving problems to benefit his community. I have no doubt this commitment, combined with his experience as a policeman, will prove an excellent combination which will allow him to be an extremely effective councillor.”

Hawick and Hermitage Councillor Ron Smith added: “I have great respect for Ian’s integrity and look forward to supporting his campaign, and hopefully to work alongside him in the interests of Hawick.”

Mr Turnbull is married to Patricia, and has three daughters and six grandchildren.