Hard work starts now, says new MP

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I would like to pass on my heartfelt thanks to Hawick News readers who took the trouble to vote in last Thursday’s General Election. The turnout of nearly 75 per cent in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk was fantastic and demonstrates real faith and engagement in our democracy.

I particularly want to thank my brilliant campaign team who worked so hard to get me elected and to ensure that the SNP’s message of positive change reached every part of Hawick and the rest of the constituency. I’d also like to express my appreciation to my fellow candidates for fighting fair, honest and civilised campaigns. Once again, democracy was the winner.

Now the hard work starts. We need to start reversing the effects of the Tory government’s austerity programme, reducing poverty, protecting our NHS and bringing jobs, investment and business growth locally. Given that David Cameron is now planning billions of pounds’ worth of new cuts, there is no time to waste.

I will also be working alongside our 55 other SNP MPs to bring more powers home to Scotland. The more we can do at Holyrood, the more we can do to protect local people and grow our economy in Hawick and across the Borders.

I have promised to be the most accessible MP this region has ever had. I want to engage as fully as I can with local businesses, organisations, charities and other advocacy groups. If you’re an individual – no matter who you voted for last week – I want to hear from you, too.

I am in the process of opening a constituency office and will let Hawick News readers know my parliamentary contact details just as soon as I have them myself.

This is an exciting time for Hawick, the Borders and for Scotland. As a Borderer myself, I know we have been a forgotten corner of the UK for far too long. I now fully intend to use my role as your new MP to help this constituency achieve its full potential.

Once again, thank you, and I hope to meet you personally soon.

Calum Kerr MP