Backing for the Borderlands welcomed by MP

Borders MP John Lamont has welcomed the Budget, saying that it '˜delivers for Scotland' and shows the effectiveness of the lobbying by Scottish Conservative MPs.

Wednesday, 29th November 2017, 11:29 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:12 pm
MSP Rachael Hamilton, MP David Mundell, MSP Michelle Ballantyne, MP John Lamont and council leader Shona Haslam in Peebles.

Extra investment in England and Wales means that the Scottish Government will also receive a £2billion Budget boost next year.

Outlining the Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond praised the hard work of the Scottish Conservative MP group. He also announced the UK Treasury would be supporting a new Borderlands Growth Deal, which will result in millions of pounds of investment across the south of Scotland and northern England.

Mr Lamont said: “This is a Budget full of good news for Scotland. I’m pleased the UK Government has decided to sort out the mess created by the SNP over the VAT bill for Police Scotland. Confirmation that the UK Treasury is backing a new Borderlands Growth Deal has enormous potential for the Scottish Borders. I look forward to working with colleagues from all parties to ensure that this delivers for local infrastructure, transport and tourism in particular.

“A freeze in whisky duty was one of my key asks from this Budget and it is great that the three new distilleries soon to open in the Borders will be receiving this boost. And with the Scottish Government receiving a £2billion boost to its budget, there is now no excuse to punish hard-working families with tax rises in Scotland.

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“What this Budget has demonstrated is that the approach of the 13 Scottish Conservative MPs in Westminster is working. We look forward to continuing to bend the ear of the Chancellor to deliver results.”