Lamont calls for better promotion of ‘the Borderlands’ as a tourist destination

Local MSP John Lamont has urged the Scottish Government to do more to promote cross-border tourism and the Scottish Borders as a tourist destination.

In the Scottish Parliament today (Wednesday 21st), John Lamont asked the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Fiona Hyslop about the Borderlands Initiative and the promotion of the Scottish Borders and wider region as a tourist destination.

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More than 90 Borders Farmers still waiting on CAP payments

It has been revealed that the Borders branch of the Rural Payments and Inspections division has one of the highest number of outstanding CAP payments due to farmers in Scotland.

Ninety-two farmers using the office are still waiting on either part or whole subsidy payments, with just over 700 due funding across the rest of Scotland. The figures have been published in response to a Parliamentary Question from Scottish Conservative MSP Liz Smith.

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Lib Dems in the Borders must distance themselves from Nick Clegg’s ‘nationalist’ comments

Local MSP John Lamont has today repeated his assertion that only the Scottish Conservatives can stand up for Scotland’s place in the UK following comments by former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg that there is now a “compelling case” for independence.

The former Lib Dem leader and deputy prime minister told journalists in London that it would be “very difficult” for Unionists to argue against separation in the wake of the Brexit vote.

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Lamont welcomes rejection of controversial council boundary changes

The Scottish Government has announced today (Wednesday 14th September) that it will not implement controversial changes to the Scottish Borders Council ward areas.

The news comes after local MSP John Lamont has repeatedly called for the proposals to be rejected by Scottish Ministers.

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Guaranteed minimum broadband speed a step closer

A guaranteed minimum speed for all broadband customers in the UK took a step closer to reality today as the Digital Economy Bill is set to be voted on in the House of Commons today (Tuesday 13th September).

The Bill will seek to introduce a 'Universal Service Obligation' for broadband customers, giving them a legal right to request an affordable internet speed, no matter where they live, by the end of the current Parliament in 2020.

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Lamont disappointed with plans to close two thirds of Borders phone boxes

BT has announced it is to consult on the closure of 104 of the 161 public payphones in the Scottish Borders due to a fall in usage.

These include a number of phone boxes in more remote areas such as the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys and Liddesdale.

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Lamont supports ‘Hampden Snore’ homelessness fundraiser

Scotland’s National Stadium is to play host to an unusual fundraising initiative to raise money and awareness of homelessness in Scotland.

The Hampden Snore event will take place on the 30th of September with participants spending the night sleeping trackside to support the work of The Bethany Christian Trust and Street Soccer Scotland.

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SNP’s ‘independence listening exercise’ failing to listen to the Borders

Nicola Sturgeon has launched a fresh drive for independence today, pledging a “listening exercise” on a second independence referendum.

Despite previously stating that it was ‘a once in a lifetime opportunity’, the First Minister said that it was ‘right’ to keep independence on the table.

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Lamont warns against rural school closure

Scottish Borders Council has announced it will start a wide-ranging review of its school provision across the region, against a background of “ongoing financial challenges.”

The review comes as the Council’s budget has been slashed by £8.9m by the SNP Government in the past year alone.

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Lamont slams SNP Minister for ignoring ‘blindingly obvious evidence’ for Hawick Enterprise Zone

Local MSP John Lamont has slammed the SNP Business Minister for ignoring what should be a “blindingly obvious case” for an Enterprise Zone for Hawick.

John Lamont first suggested an Enterprise Zone for Hawick back in February, following the closure of Hawick Knitwear. Frustrated with the lack of progress, he lodged a Parliamentary Question asking the new Business Minister what consideration he had given to the idea.

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