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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Lamont holds 1,000th advice surgery with pledge to remain Scotland’s ‘most accessible MSP’

Local MSP John Lamont has held his 1,000th advice surgery as MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire with a pledge to continue as Scotland’s ‘most accessible MSP.’

On Friday 12th August, John hosted his 999th surgery at Glendouglas Community Hall near Jedburgh, before travelling to Foulden in East Berwickshire for his 1,000th advice surgery.

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Lamont welcomes launch of new Hawick Paper

A new paper will launch in the Scottish Borders this week.

The Hawick Paper, edited by Jason Marshall, will be on sale weekly in the town.

Local MSP John Lamont has wished the team well and lodged a Parliamentary motion highlighting the importance of local media.

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Lamont to hold 1000th Advice Surgery

Local MSP John Lamont will this week hold his 1,000th advice surgery as MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire.

On Friday 12th August, John will host his 999th surgery at Glen Douglas Community Hall near Jedburgh, before travelling to Foulden in East Berwickshire for his 1,000th advice surgery.

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Borders roads on course to be the worst in Scotland

A new report has found that roads in the Borders are set to become the worst in the whole of Scotland.

Figures from Audit Scotland’s “Maintaining Scotland’s Roads” report show that almost a half of roads maintained by the council are in an unacceptable condition.

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1000th Advice Surgery

I am delighted to announce that I will soon be holding my 1,000th advice surgery as your Member of the Scottish Parliament.

I always try to reach every part of my constituency and so will be holding my 999th surgery at Glendouglas, near Jedburgh and my 1,000th surgery will be at Foulden, East Berwickshire.

No appointment necessary.

 


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Farming payments remain a concern at Border Union Show

Farmers in the Borders continue to be frustrated as many are still waiting for CAP payments, 8 months after they were due to receive them.

This was the clear message from another popular Border Union Agricultural Show, local MSP John Lamont has said.

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Named Persons ruled ‘unlawful’ by the Supreme Court

The Scottish Government’s controversial Named Person Scheme has been ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court.

Judges have today said that some proposals breach rights to privacy and a family life under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Specifically, the court has decided that the sections which would allow information sharing between public bodies without the consent of parents were not within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament.

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'Beginners Luck' for Lamont at Ettrick Forest Archers

Local MSP John Lamont visited Ettrick Forest Archers recently for the opening of their new club hut at Thirladean.

During the visit, John met with local club members and had a brief archery lesson. 

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SNP failure over pledge to detect cancer early in the Borders

Early detection rates for key cancers have fallen in the Scottish Borders, despite a Scottish Government pledge that they would increase by 25%, new figures reveal.

As Health Secretary in 2012, Nicola Sturgeon launched the Detect Cancer Early Programme, saying she would improve the rate of breast, lung and colorectal cancers found at the first stage by a quarter by the end of 2015.

 

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