I’m committing to run a campaign that is squarely focused on our region and how it can best be represented at Westminster.
I hope that the other candidates in this election will join me in doing the same.
I will be putting myself forward to be selected as a candidate for re-election on 8 June.
In moments of adversity people are capable of showing remarkable resilience: you see bravery and strength in many different forms.
As Borderers we have a long history of showing resilience in the face of historic changes that are outwith our control. I believe that the First Minister’s announcement today is about providing us with the option to shape the future on our own terms.
When the Scottish Parliament was set up in 1998, it was established on the basis of a clear principle: that powers which were not specifically reserved to Westminster would automatically be devolved to Edinburgh.
Of all the strange goings-on that I’ve witnessed since being elected as an MP, few have filled me with such despair as seeing the government’s approach to the plight of child refugees in Europe.
The Borders voted to Remain, but I opposed Article 50 for a number of reasons. Foremost among them was my conviction that my main role as an MP is to hold the government to account.
Calum Kerr, the MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, has used a debate at Westminster to highlight the ‘devastating consequences’ Brexit could have on the economy of rural Scotland.
Under the government’s current direction of travel Brexit will not be a “clean break” for the sheep farmers in my constituency, whose produce could face prohibitive tariffs and whose direct support payments could be wiped-out.
Responding to Farming Minister George Eustice’s announcement at the event that a move away from direct funding would be needed after 2020, Mr Kerr said it would be wrong to cut subsidies when many farmers are struggling.