About me


I am the MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire – elected in 2017 in a by-election with 53.55% of the vote and a 9,000 majority.

It is an honour and a privilege to represent Ettrick Roxburgh and Berwickshire. As the MSP I will do all I can to make the Scottish Borders a better place to work and live – especially for young people.

My number one priority will always be the people of the Scottish Borders. That means fighting for better broadband, practical transport links and improved infrastructure including the extension of the Waverley line to Carlisle and the reinstatement of Reston station. It means making sure young people have the right skills to meet local business needs and pushing the Scottish Government to improve our public services.   

I am also the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Tourism. Tourism is Scotland’s biggest asset and we should be doing more to shout about it - especially here in the Scottish Borders.  I am immensely proud of what the Borders has to offer, but we must be realistic about the challenges we face.  

Our food and drink sector is growing too and most of all I’d like to see Borders food producers get a fairer share of their cut in the supply chain. Of course I cannot be an MSP for the Scottish Borders and not fight to keep the Borders beautiful. We have glorious countryside and fantastic coastal walks, beaches and sea views. Everything should be done to protect our natural landscape and keep our seas free from plastics and other marine pollutants.

I will, without fail, always fight to protect our United Kingdom from the SNP’s obsessive attempt to separate us.  In 2014 we said NO to independence and we still say NO today.

Scotland is clear – we do not want a second independence referendum.  

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