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Keith Cockburn retains Tweeddale West

Keith Cockburn, the Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate, retained the Tweeddale West seat at the by-election for the Scottish Borders council held on Thursday, 10 October 2013. Keith gained 1,155 first preference votes (42.65%) compared with the 677 (25%) won by the second placed candidate, Nancy Norman of the Liberal Democrats. This represents a swing of 28 percentage points from the Liberal Democrats to the Conservatives since the most recent full council election. All the other major parties saw their share of the vote fall. Further details to follow.   

Lamont welcome return of Borders TV News Service

MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire John Lamont has welcomed news that Ofcom have decided to approve an enhanced coverage of Scottish issues in the area covered by ITV's Border licence that lies in Scotland. In addition to reinstating the full 30 minutes of Lookaround weekday evening news relevant to the region, Ofcom has recommended that a further weekly 90 minutes of regional programming is broadcast for viewing in the Scottish part of the Border region, which may be shared with STV.

Borders A&E waiting times improve yet again

Figures released by ISD Scotland have shown that 97% of patients admitted to A & E departments in the Borders during March were seen within four hours. This is the highest percentage since October last year, and comes despite a significant rise in the number of patients that attended A & E.

Conservative vote in Scottish Borders by-election bucks national trend

The Scottish Conservatives have more than doubled their vote in the Leaderdale & Melrose by-election, bucking the national trend in the county council elections. Candidate Rachael Hamilton narrowly missed out on winning the Borders Council seat despite topping the ballot on the number of first preferences with 27% of the vote.