Midwife to meet health secretary

An aspiring midwife who has had her right to study revoked by the Home Office met with Scottish Health Secretary Shona Robison last week.

Dumfries and Galloway Council has reiterated its commitment to the waterfront redevelopment project.

Options for Stranraer’s waterfront put forward

Members of Dumfries and Galloway Councils’ Stranraer Waterfront Development team have met with Wigtown Area Committee to discuss the development, work carried out so far and options for the future.

MSP Joan McAlpine has said the new enterprise agency needs to address particular problems in the south west.

MSP says enterprise agency should be a driver of change in economy

A local MSP has said that south Scotland’s new enterprise agency should help drive a “sea change” in Dumfries and Galloway’s economic performance.

Colin Smyth has berated both the UK and Scottish Governments for what he says is a lack of action on jobs in the Langholm area.

Action needed to Langholm “jobs crisis”

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has accused the UK and Scottish Governments of letting down Langholm, after a lack of action on jobs despite both hosting three jobs summits in the town over the last five years.

The Ryan Centre will be one of the venues for the Scottish Youth Parliament this weekend.

Scottish Youth Parliament to meet in Stranraer

More than 160 young people from every corner of Scotland are heading to Stranraer this weekend for the Scottish Youth Parliament’s 66th National Sitting.

Mr Carson said more needs to be done to protect residents from an increase in antisocial behaviour.

Call to protect rural policing

Local MSP Finlay Carson has said the Scottish Government needs to ensure local residents are protected against antisocial behaviour.

Uniforms for primary school pupils cost, on average, �201 for a girl and �192 for a boy.

Clothing grant increase

SNP Councillors in Dumfries and Galloway have welcomed new Scottish Government funding allowing a 25 per cent increase in the School Clothing Grant in the region.

Colin Smyth says more investment is needed.

Action needed to secure jobs

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has challenged the UK and Scottish Governments to “wake up” to the current employment situation in Dumfriesshire after an announcement that 14 jobs are under threat at the Arla creamery near Lockerbie.

The draft document will go before councillors on Tuesday.

Draft strategy to go before councillors

A new strategy outlining Dumfries and Galloway’s priorities for delivering its housing services will go before councillors next week.

Alister Jack, who welcomed EE's pledge of better mobile service.

Welcome for progress on phone signal

Local MP Alister Jack has received a pledge of better mobile coverage in Dumfries and Galloway after being briefed by one of the UK’s largest digital communication companies. ​

Royal Bank of Scotland Picture: PA

Negative committee report for RBS

RBS has failed to appreciate the damage their closure programme will inflict on many communities across Scotland, according to a report by Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee.

The conference will bring together national politicans and stakeholder councils.

Conference to discuss deal

The first conference of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal will be held in Dumfries next month.

The new grant will apply to around 120,000 eligible families.

New clothing grant to help with school uniforms

An estimated 120,000 families will benefit from a new £100 national minimum school clothing grant in Scotland as a result of partnership working between Scotland’s Local Authorities and the Scottish Government.

Mr Whittle at the Bobath stand in the Scottish Parliament.

MSP supports cerebral palsy charity

MSP Brian Whittle met with staff from Bobath Scotland recently to discuss recent legislation that now entitles people in Scotland to communication equipment, and the support to use it.


Call for common sense approach to quay solution

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth is urging Dumfries and Galloway Council to adopt a “common sense” solution to concerns raised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over access to Stranraer quayside by vehicles.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell.

First Borderlands Conference to meet next month

Senior UK and Scottish government ministers will speak at the first Borderlands Conference which will be held in Dumfries next month.

Colin Smyth is urging people to attend the consultation exhibition which will be held in Thornhill on Tuesday.

Public urged to make voices heard at road consultation

Local MSP Colin Smyth is urging communities in Dumfries and Galloway to have their say at a public consultation in Thornhill next week about options to carry out repairs on the A76 at Enterkinfoot

MSPs voted by 93-30 against accepting the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Welcome for rejection of EU Withdrawal Bill

MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed Holyrood’s rejection of the Westminster Government’s EU Withdrawal Bill.

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