Crime figures up 7 per cent in Borders

Rachael Hamilton has expressed her concern at the increase in recorded crimes in the Scottish Borders area in the past year.

Across the Borders, there were 3,704 crimes committed in 2018-19, an increase of 7 per cent compared to the previous year 2017-18.

MSP urges local charities to apply for funding

Rachael Hamilton MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, is encouraging local charities and community groups to apply for funding from a pot of over £3 million that has been raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Surgery tour success in the Borders

John Lamont MP and Rachael Hamilton MSP have completed their 6-week long surgery tour of the Borders.

The surgery tour was the largest in Scotland, and took in 84 towns and villages from Newcastleton in the south west, to St Abbs in the north east of the region.

Borders MSP launches agritourism plans

As the first day of the Border Union Show gets underway, local MSP Rachael Hamilton has published the Scottish Conservatives’ plan to accelerate the growth of the agritourism sector in Scotland.

Farm visit highlights importance of diversification

Rachael Hamilton MSP visited Whitriggs Farm near Denholm to see the excellent work being carried out by farmers to diversify.

Whitriggs Farm kindly hosted a Walk and Talk organised by Scottish Land and Estates, which showed visitors farm diversification and succession.

Drug deaths in Scotland skyrocket

Rachael Hamilton MSP has expressed her deep concern at the latest figures, which show that recorded drug deaths in Scotland are the highest in EU.

Casualties on Borders’ trunk roads rising

Rachael Hamilton MSP has expressed concern at the rising number of casualties on the A1, A68 and A7.

In the past decade, there have been around 1000 casualties on both the A7 and the A1 with them ranging from slight to fatal.