Ruth Davidson visits Hawick

Ruth Davidson visited Hawick today to man a street stall with local candidate John Lamont with the support of a massive crowd (see picture) of eager volunteers, who took the Scottish Conservative & Unionist message out to the people of Hawick. Extremely popular though John is in his constituency, it is safe to say that this was one event where he was not the star of the show. As well as talking to locals, Ruth also reached out to the wider public by doing a TV interview on the streets of Hawick.

Christmas lunch 2014

The Association held its Christmas lunch on Sunday 14th December at the Cross Keys Hotel in Kelso. Some 80 members attended the lunch and heard Highland and Islands MSP Sir Jamie McGrigor speak about past campaigns and the forthcoming general election. Sir Jamie very kindly donated a couple of raffle prizes, drew the raffle and also auctioned a Holyrood cookbook. In thanking the speaker, John Lamont MSP noted that Sir Jamie had paid us the compliment of arriving early, a feat that he was not known for in Holyrood.

New Berwickshire Chairman

Andrew Morgan was elected as the new Berwickshire branch chairman at the branch's annual general meeting on 10th November 2014.

Chancellor visits St Boswells

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, stopped off at the Mainstreet Trading Company, St Boswells on Friday 4th July and took the opportunity to meet a small group of Borders business people in order to hear about the challenges that they are facing. Whilst the Chancellor did not promise to wave a magic wand and solve all of these problems instantly, the hour he spent talking and listening allowed him to take away a ‘shopping list’ of concerns for further thought and for discussions with colleagues about what could be done to help.

Duncan and Lamont visit Mainetti

Dr Ian Duncan, top of the Scottish Conservative list for this May's European elections, and John Lamont, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire and Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Westminster constituency of Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, spent the morning of Friday 11 May at the Jedburgh factory of Mainetti.

Trevor Adams for Hawick & Denholm

Trevor Adams, who has spent the last 25 years working around Hawick and across the Borders, has recently been selected by the local Conservative Association for the upcoming Hawick & Denholm by-election, which will take place as a consequence of the passing of Councillor Zandra Elliot earlier in the year.

Lamont wins Open Primary

John Lamont MSP has won the first open primary to select a parliamentary candidate in Scotland. This will be the third time John has contested the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk seat, where in 2010 he increased the Conservative share of the vote by 6.8%. This is what John had to say after the event.

Scotland's First Open Primary held in Kelso

The first Open Primary to select a parliamentary candidate has been held in the Borders. The result sees John Lamont MSP selected to try and win Berwickshire Roxburgh and Selkirk at the 2015 general election.