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CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED FOR SPRING ELECTION

Following the close of nominations for the upcoming Scottish Parliament election on Thursday 6 May, the candidates can be announced.

Standing for election in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Constituency are:

· Dominic Ashmole – Scottish Green Party
· Michael James Banks – Vanguard Party
· Christine Grahame – Scottish National Party (SNP)
· Shona Haslam – Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
· AC May – Scottish Liberal Democrats
· Katherine Sangster – Scottish Labour Party and Scottish Co-operative Party

Standing for election in the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire Constituency are:

· Ian Davidson – Scottish Labour Party and Scottish Co-operative Party
· Rachael Hamilton – Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
· Barbra Harvie – Scottish Green Party
· Jenny Claire Marr – Scottish Liberal Democrats
· Jesse Rae – Independent
· Paul Wheelhouse – Scottish National Party (SNP)

Polling stations will be open as normal on Thursday 6 May, with a range of measures in place to ensure that those who wish to vote in person can do so safely, including adherence to social-distancing guidelines and the wearing of face coverings.

Anyone who is not on the electoral register, or who has moved house and needs to re-register, has until midnight on Monday 19 April to complete the simple registration process to be able to vote.

You can register to vote by completing online registration at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by contacting the Electoral Registration Officer on 01835 825100 or emailing electoral.registration@scotborders.gov.uk