LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn is set to hit the campaign trail in Selkirk later this month.

The 68-year-old member for Islington North has helped transform his party since sensationally winning the leadership contest three years ago.

Corbyn has also become a cult figure both within and outside politics, making high-profile appearances at events around the country, including Glastonbury.

Despite surviving votes of no confidence from his fellow MPs, he has helped Labour increase its membership to record numbers and last year saw his party's vote share in the General Election to its largest since 1945.

Corbyn is due to arrive in Selkirk on the afternoon of Monday, February 12 to help Scottish Labour's Scott Redpath in the Selkirkshire local authority byelection.

Mr Redpath, while only receiving 147 first votes in last year's election, did increase his party's share of the ballot.

Michelle Ballantyne was first past the post on May 4 for the Conservative party.

She was joined at Newtown St Boswells by Elaine Thornton-Nicol of the SNP and Independent Gordon Edgar.

Mrs Ballantyne resigned before Christmas to concentrate on being a South of Scotland List MSP.

The Selkirkshire byelection will take place on Thursday, February 22.

Also standing are Trevor Adams (Scottish Conservative), Jack Clark (Scottish Liberal Democrats), Kenneth Gunn (Independent), Barbra Harvie (Scottish Green Party), John Mitchell (Scottish National Party) and Caroline Penman (Independent).