More needs to be done to save Jim Clark Rally

Commenting on reports that the 2017 Jim Clark Rally will not take place following a decision by the Motor Sports Association (MSA) to refuse a permit, local MSP John Lamont said:

“The Jim Clark Rally has been a major contributor to the Borders economy and the loss of the event for yet another year is a big blow to the organisers, local businesses and motor sports enthusiasts

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Scottish Borders Council budget slashed by £8.5 million

Local MSP John Lamont has slammed the Scottish Government for cutting SBC’s budget by £8.5m, even though the Government has more money to spend next year.

A new paper produced by the Scottish Parliament’s independent Information Centre (SPICe) concludes that overall local authority funding is set to fall by £369m in real terms, a cut of 4%. Scottish Borders Council will have £8.5m less to spend in 2017-18 compared to this year, a cut of 4.3%. SPICe had also earlier pointed out that the overall Scottish Government budget has risen by 2.5% in cash terms and 1% in real terms.

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Local MSPs join campaign to promote rugby as “Everyone’s Game”

Local MSP John Lamont and Rachael Hamilton have shown their support for Scottish rugby at a recent event in the Scottish Parliament attended by record points and caps holder Chris Paterson MBE, from Galashiels.

The MSPs were there to discuss the work the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) are doing not only for the national side but in schools and amateur clubs across the country.

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10 year old Stephanie Bird wins John Lamont MSP’s Christmas Card Competition

The winner of John Lamont’s Christmas Card Competition has been announced as 10 year old Stephanie Bird, from the P6 class at Wilton Primary School in Hawick.

Her design was chosen from a record 550 other entrants from 17 schools in the Borders. As the best entry, Stephanie won an electric scooter, chosen by her parents, which was presented to her in front of her classmates today.

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Lamont visits Hawick posties ahead of Christmas rush

John Lamont has visited the Royal Mail Delivery Office in Hawick today (Thursday 15th December) to wish the staff there luck ahead of the Christmas rush.

The next two weeks until Christmas will be the busiest time of year for the team, with many delivery offices staying open late to deal with increased influx of letters and parcels.

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Class sizes at record high in Scottish Borders

As pupils in the Scottish Borders prepare to break up for the festive period, new statistics show that class sizes in the Borders are at their highest levels with a particular problem in primary schools.

The Scottish Government’s Summary Statistics for Schools, published today, show that there is a severe shortage of teachers in the Scottish Borders

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Lamont visits Coldstream posties ahead of Christmas rush

John Lamont has visited the Royal Mail Delivery Office in Coldstream to wish the staff there luck ahead of the Christmas rush.

The next two weeks until Christmas will be the busiest time of year for the team, with many delivery offices staying open late to deal with increased influx of letters and parcels.

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John Lamont MSP urges Scottish Government to help ‘save’ 2017 Jim Clark Rally

In the Scottish Parliament today, John Lamont MSP has said the 2017 Jim Clark Rally is “weeks away from being cancelled” and has urged the Scottish Government to do all it can to help it take place.

It has been announced that the tragic events of 2014 will be subject to a FAI following a lengthy Crown Office investigation into the incident.

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John Lamont MSP criticises decision to run South of Scotland Enterprise from the central belt

John Lamont MSP has questioned what the point is of setting up a dedicated South of Scotland Enterprise agency only to run it in the central belt.

Last week, John Swinney announced that a single board would be set up to oversee economic development and skills funding. This means the separate board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, as well as other related agencies will be merged.

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John Lamont MSP - Jim Clark Rally should resume as soon as possible

It has been announced that a Fatal Accident Inquiry will take place into the deaths at the Jim Clark Rally in June 2014.

The news comes after a lengthy investigation into the incident. The Crown Office has now confirmed that it does not intend to bring forward criminal proceedings.

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