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Lamont launches new ‘electrify the countryside’ campaign

Local MP John Lamont has launched a new campaign to boost investment in electric car charging points, particularly in rural areas.

The UK Government has committed to phasing out the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040 in a shift towards electric cars. 

Kelso Nominated in Great British High Street Awards

Local MP, John Lamont, has welcomed Kelso being shortlisted for a prestigious Great British High Street Award.

The market town has been nominated in the Rising Star category with 27 other towns from across the UK, including only 7 in Scotland.

Surgery tour success in the Borders

John Lamont MP and Rachael Hamilton MSP have completed their 6-week long surgery tour of the Borders.

The surgery tour was the largest in Scotland, and took in 84 towns and villages from Newcastleton in the south west, to St Abbs in the north east of the region.

Cost of rural crime in Scotland up 62% since 2018

New figures show that the cost rural theft in Scotland has risen by 62% in a year.

The 2019 Rural Crime Report figures are based on insurance claims from leading rural insurer NFU Mutual. They also shows that claims have risen by 12% to £50m across the UK, a seven-year high.

Time to start ‘talking up’ textiles in the Borders

Textiles in the Borders has a bright future, local MP John Lamont has heard on a visit to Johnstons of Elgin, in Hawick.

Johnstons of Elgin is one of the oldest companies in Scotland and the mill in Hawick employs hundreds of people.