Re-electon vindicates MSP’s stance on return of railway

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IAN Seeley’s letter (Hawick News, April 29) accusing John Lamont of flip-flopping, trying to derail the return of the Waverley Line was quite wrong.

In 2007 Mr Lamont sent out a questionnaire to all of his constituents, asking them about the return of the railway, and a huge majority of folk indicated they were against such a move.

Let’s not forget that Mr Lamont was not an MSP in 2002 when the Lib/Lab coalition at Holyrood voted 114-1 in favour of the return of the railway (at the time estimated at a cost of £195million, but now £300million).

Following last Thursday’s elections, it would seem Mr Lamont’s stance has been vindicated. He has never supported the return of the Waverley Line. He has, all his political career, wanted the reopening of the station at Reston in Berwickshire.


hawick’s been very good to me and my family over the years; so I want to give something back, by way of a personal donation to Wilton Lodge Park funds, specifically for the purchase of stock for the Walled Garden.

I have loved the park all my life, and it really is one of the town’s best-loved assets and luxuries. It is, I believe, the loveliest, non-private park in the Scottish Borders, and the envy of many another town. I sincerely hope we can keep it that way.


Through your letters page we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came along to the memorial golf day we held for our late father Keith ‘Boff’ Richardson and helped us in raising £350.70 for the Borders Macmillan Centre Oncology Fund.

A huge thanks must go to the various local companies who kindly donated prizes for the raffle and to Minto Golf Club for allowing us use of the course for the day.

A special thanks also to Jake Hope, Stevie Sharkey and Peter Murdoch, as without all their hard work and effort this day wouldn’t have been the success it was.

We hope to see you all there next year!


May I take the opportunity to express my thanks to the voters in Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire for electing me as their Member of the Scottish Parliament last Thursday.

I am particularly grateful for the strength of support from the town of Hawick and the surrounding area.

I promise to continue to work as hard as I can, putting local people before party politics.


I write to record my thanks to the local press who have allowed each candidate the opportunity of writing articles for their newspaper during the Scottish Parliamentary elections. To record my sincere congratulations to John Lamont for being elected on a ‘first past the post’ and to Paul Wheelhouse on becoming an MSP through the list system. They ran a fair and honest local campaign.

Please may I also congratulate the local Labour team who worked tirelessly. I am eternally grateful to them for their efforts and sacrifice during the campaign. The work of local business and printers should also be acknowledged, working to deadlines and never grumbling.

To those who took the time to turn out and vote Labour I regret I did not win for you. To those who voted for the other parties I hope you are satisfied with the democratic outcome.


Scottish Labour Party candidate

I would like to thank the few, but much appreciated, folk frae Hawick who showed their support for me on May 5. I will always be here to defend the young people in the Borders.


The Multiple Sclerosis Society Borders Branch would like to thank everyone who supported last Saturday’s coffee morning at Trinity church. The sum raised was £670.

Thanks also to the ladies of the church and to all the people who helped towards this excellent amount.



ST ANDREW’S Nursing Home would like to say a big thank you to everyone who walked, sponsored or gave donations in our recent sponsored walk to Denholm and back.

A special mention to Hunter’s the Bakers who donated all the pies. We raised £1,300 for our new sensory garden.


Activities coordinator

St Andrew’s Nursing Home