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.
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.
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.