Opinions

Local MP thanks Annan Posties

Local MP David Mundell visited Annan sorting office ahead of the festive rush to meet Manager Dermot McCulloch and his team of local posties.

New rail services for Dumfriesshire unveiled

One of my campaigns has had success in bringing improved rail services to Lockerbie. From May next year the number of trains stopping in the town will double and, for the first time, locals will be able to commute to Edinburgh and Glasgow, arriving before 9am.

Stopping the trains

It is really good news for the area that all my campaigning for better rail services from Lockerbie has paid off. From May next year TransPennine will double the number of trains stopping at Lockerbie and, for the first time, constituents will be able to commute by rail to Edinburgh or Glasgow, arriving there before 9am.

The Bard

Burns Suppers, celebrating our national Bard, can now be found around the world and during my recent trip to Malawi I was delighted to attend one.

Single policing

Scotland is due to have a single police force from April, something I have always opposed, and  I remain concerned about the impact, especially locally, of this Scottish Government decision.  The SNP claim this new police force will be more efficient and there will be overall savings, but I remain unconvinced.

A702

The A702 is an important route linking Edinburgh with the main north-south M74, and is used by many constituents travelling between Biggar and Abington, as well as school, local and regional bus services.

No change

There had been proposals which would have seen my very large Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency split. This now, however will not happen before the next election

Commonwealth Games

I’m encouraging local people to sign up for the time of their lives in 2014. Next year, Glasgow2014 is one of major national and international events in Scotland, with one of the biggest events being the Commonwealth Games.

Reducing Windfarms

This week saw a wide-ranging review of energy policies published by the Scottish Conservatives. The policy calls for the number of planned onshore wind farms to be substantially reduced, and their subsidy cut by fifty per cent to limit household bills.