SARAH BEATTIE-SMITH

Best bits: Hearing local people talk with huge enthusiasm about their local community and its future, whether in Stranraer, Wigtown or Gatehouse of Fleet; and camping under the stars in the shadow of Orchardton Tower with my partner. Worst bit: Struggling to find the time to write my campaign diary! Folk of note: Danny and …

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In January, I got to listen in to a hugely inspiring community meeting. The people of Wanlockhead near the north eastern border of Dumfries and Galloway were taking the first steps towards owning the land around them. The mood of the meeting was hopeful, upbeat and empowered. It was with that meeting in mind that …

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Best bit: Looking around the room at our candidate training session and realising I get to work with these amazing people, hopefully in Parliament too. Worst bit: Still being really sore nearly three weeks after fracturing my arm Folk of note: Claire Gillies from Penicuik Y; Esther Carmen who’s running a climate resilience project in …

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In Wanlockhead, just inside the north eastern end of Dumfries and Galloway, a small community is trying to grasp the power and means to survive and thrive into the future. Meanwhile in Hawick, the biggest town in the Borders, the local council is consulting with the community on a flood protection scheme that will change …

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