JOHN Lamont has been re-selected as the Scottish Conservative & Unionist candidate for the Scottish Borders in the next General Election.

Following a meeting of the local association last week, the current Scottish Borders MP has been chosen as the Scottish Conservative party candidate once more.

Mr Lamont received the unanimous support of the party members at the meeting and said he was “delighted”, adding that he would fight hard to win the privilege to represent the Scottish Borders again.

He has served as MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk since 2017.

And rior to his election as MP, he served as MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire since the new seat was created in 2011.

From 2007 to 2011, he was the MSP for the previous seat, Roxburgh and Berwickshire.

Mr Lamont said: “I am delighted to be re-selected as the Scottish Conservative & Unionist party candidate for the Scottish Borders

“It has been the privilege of my life to serve as your MP, and I will fight hard to be re-elected and earn the chance to represent you again.

“The Scottish Borders is a beautiful and fantastic place to live and work, but local people also face many challenges that deserve our utmost attention.

“Too often, the SNP have been distracted from the day job by their obsession with another referendum. They have not focused on what really matters to you and I.

“I will keep working hard to get all of the focus onto the top priorities of Borders residents, such as tackling the cost-of-living crisis, reducing NHS waiting times, improving local roads, upgrading rail and bus links, supporting small businesses and delivering more opportunities for young people.”