The Roxburgh & Selkirk Branch was formed in 2010 following restructuring
of branches in the Borders to reflect the new constituency boundaries
An important consideration has been the size of
the constituency and the need to ensure that attending meetings is
as cost effective for members as is possible. This branch
covers five council ward areas, including the whole of Hawick and Denholm,
Hawick and Hermitage, Jedburgh & District, and Kelso and District wards,
while it now includes Selkirkshire ward which covers Selkirk itself, as well as
Newton St Boswells, Midlem, Ashkirk and the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys.
Meetings are held on a monthly basis with venues rotating between
Hawick and Selkirk to ensure access to as many members as
possible throughout the year.
Roxburgh and Selkirk branch works with Berwickshire
campaign at Scottish Parliament elections (Ettrick, Roxburgh &
Berwickshire) and Westminster elections (Berwickshire, Roxburgh
The 2007 local elections held under proportional representation for
the first time saw a contingent of 6 SNP councillors elected across
the Borders and the SNP now forms the main opposition to the ruling
Lib Dem/Tory/Independent Council.
In Roxburgh, Councillor
Jim Brown was
elected, with just less than 23% of first preference votes, to serve in
Jedburgh and District, while just 6 more second preference votes
would have secured a further Roxburgh SNP councillor in Hawick and
Hermitage. The party gained the support of some 2,351 voters
in Roxburgh in total, or 15% of all votes cast in the County.
Kenneth Gunn represents Selkirkshire ward for the SNP.
actively looking for new members in the Roxburgh and Selkirkshire areas in order to
build upon the growing support among the people of bothe counties. If
you would like to find out more about the branch, contact one of the