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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Scottish Government investment in major Borders roads falls by a half

New figures show that investment in Trunk Roads in the Scottish Borders has fallen by a more than half under the SNP.

In the past 4 years, a total of £2.8m has been spent on Trunk Road improvements in the Borders. Over the previous 4 years, £6.5m was spent on the same 5 key routes.

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Lamont pitches in at Barnardo’s for UN Universal Children’s Day

As part of Universal Children’s Day celebrations, John Lamont MSP helped out at Barnardo’s shop in Selkirk this week (Monday 21st November).

Marked annually on 20th November, Universal Children’s Day celebrates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child, a human rights treaty which sets out the political, economic, civil, health, social and cultural rights of children. The date also marks the day on which the General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959.

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Ruth Davidson highlights “housebuilding revolution” plans during visit to Kelso

The SNP has failed to build enough homes to help thousands of Scots onto the housing ladder, the Scottish Conservatives have said today - as the party highlights its own plans to kick-start a "housebuilding revolution".

During a visit to the East Broomlands M&J Ballantyne development in Kelso today, Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, said the SNP needed to stop constructing its "unwanted" case for separation - and instead focus on a plan to build more homes for families.

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Autumn Statement – No excuses left for SNP over East Linton and Reston stations

The Chancellor has today announced plans for spending in the UK for the next four years.

UK Government borrowing will be below 2% by the end of the current Parliament and the deficit will be reduced to zero soon after 2020.

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Fuel Poverty in the Borders becoming an increasing problem

Local MSP John Lamont has joined calls for a “transformational change” to help tackle fuel poverty in the Borders as new figures show the percentage of clients of a leading debt charity struggling to pay their electricity bills has more than doubled in a single year.

The figures, provided by the UK’s largest specialist debt charity, StepChange, show that in Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, 15.1% of clients had electricity arrears in 2016 (up from 6.9% in 2015) and 12% of clients had gas arrears (up from 8% in 2015).

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Lamont tries his hand in local Sainsbury’s stores

Local MSP John Lamont got behind his local food counters in Hawick and Kelso Sainsbury’s stores recently to experience a day in the life of a staff and learn a bit about preparing food and serving local customers.

The work experience took place on 7th and 14th November, where John Lamont MSP was welcomed by staff at the meat, fish and hot food counters. The visit was arranged to give John the opportunity to learn about the skills and training Sainsbury’s colleagues receive and get a few tips on how to make pizzas, fruit tarts and pack rolls.

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Yetholm Primary Hold ‘Mini – Election’ as US goes to the polls

Pupils at Yetholm Primary School are using the US Presidential election to learn about campaigning and politics.

Local MSP John Lamont was invited to speak to pupils about what it is like to be an election candidate ahead of their own ‘Mini-Election’.

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