Number of people in work at record high

New official figures published today, show that unemployment in the Scottish Borders is falling and that across the UK the number of people in work was at a record high.

Brexit Update

A note to my constituents...

There is no doubt it has been a busy week in Westminster with a lot of voting on a range of options.

For my constituents, below is an account of how I voted. As ever, please get in touch if you would like any further clarity.

Borderlands funding announced in Spring Statement

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond MP is expected to announce the UK Government will be contributing £260m to the Borderlands Growth Deal.

The UK Government has been supporting Growth Deals across the UK since 2014. To date, this has included more than £1.3bn of investment in Scotland.

Lamont to back amended Withdrawal Agreement

It was announced last night that the UK has secured changes to the deal. They include a legally binding addition to the Withdrawal Agreement, which gives the UK the right to start legal proceedings against the EU if the UK was tied to the so called Northern Ireland backstop indefinitely.

New mobile branch service for RBS given ‘cautious’ welcome

The Royal Bank of Scotland have published a new timetable for their mobile branch services in the Scottish Borders.

The timetable maintains all existing stops, with some towns in the Borders receiving an extra mobile banking service and the van stopping for longer in some towns.