MP gets in shape for challenges ahead

TWEEDDALE MP David Mundell has been getting in shape to face the daily rigors of Brexit by sampling the physical fitness system Pilates.

The Scottish Secretary has been given one-to-one instruction by Gillian Wrigley of 'The Health Rooms' studios and treatment centre in Peebles.

He had secured the session after submitting a successful bid in a silent auction in aid of the Eastgate Arts Centre in Peebles.

Mr Mundell said: "Despite the time pressures of politics, I've been considering setting a little time aside to improve my physical fitness.

"That's why I was delighted when the opportunity came along for some tuition from an expert like Gillian, who was a brilliant coach.

"As well as having a reputation for easing some aches and pains, it is also becoming increasingly popular as a general form of exercise."

Mr Mundell, who also enjoys cycling, quipped: "I hope my fitness pledge to myself is easier to deliver than Brexit."!

Meanwhile, Gillian, who runs The Health Rooms with husband Stephen, offers a range of services including physiotherapy, sports injury massage and podiatry.

She said: "David was an enthusiastic and attentive student, who appreciates the benefits of exercise. I wish him well with his training and hope to see him back again soon."