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  1. Updates for Friday 8 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 11 May

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's the end of a very long and busy day for the South of Scotland Live page.

We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather at 9am on Monday.

Have a good weekend!

A cloudy evening

BBC Scotland Weather


A rather cloudy evening with outbreaks of rain spreading in, possibly some heavy bursts at the beginning of the night.

The rain will clear to leave a dry end to the night. Not a cold night under the cloud with lows of 5 or 6C.

Boxing show

Berwickshire News

Chirnside Boxing Club

are gearing up for their annual show this weekend.

The event is being held in the Volunteer Hall at Duns on Sunday (May 10), when there will be 14 bouts on the bill.

Nichol triumphs

Hawick jockey Craig Nichol was in fine form at Carlisle races yesterday evening.

He struck in the opening two races, winning aboard Tara Mac and Honourable Gent at prices of 15/2 and 11/4 respectively.

Kirroughtree progress



tweets: Lots of progress made on Kirroughtree trails. Hoping all will be open by next week @7stanes

Bike trails
Forestry Commission Scotland

Russell Brown, former MP


Former Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown

tweets: It has been an absolute pleasure to represent the people of Dumfries & Galloway. This truly has been the greatest honour of my life.

Dumfries Infirmary norovirus latest

Wards 12 remains closed to routine admissions and transfers at Dumfries Infirmary with visiting restrictions in place due to a norovirus outbreak.

A total of 23 patients and three staff members have been affected across two wards.

Ward 18 reopened yesterday.

Dr Martin Connor, consultant microbiologist and infection control doctor, said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank patients, visitors and staff for their ongoing support and understanding in helping to confine the spread of the infection."

Radio Times

Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30 for the news on the local election results, as well as a preview of the weekend's sport.

'Play to our maximum'

BBC Sport


Andy Dowie says Queen of the South can upset Rangers in the play-offs,

but only if the Ibrox side are not at their best over two legs.

Andy Dowie

"We know we will have to be at our maximum to get anything. If we do that, it depends on what Rangers bring," the 32-year-old defender told BBC Scotland.

"If we play to our maximum and so do Rangers the likelihood is Rangers will win the game. If Rangers have an off-day, we need to take advantage."

Sunny day



tweets: A bright, beautiful, sunny day in the #ScottishBorders :)

Borders hills

'Words can't explain'


New Dumfries and Galloway MP Richard Arkless

posts on Facebook: Morning - just woke from wee snooze to literally 100s of messages. Please forgive me if I am not able to reply to them all straight away.

We appreciate every single last word of them and I promise I will reply personally to them all over the coming days, but right now Innes and Erin deserve us.

Words can't explain how we are feeling. Thank you D&G very much, I intend to make you proud.

Lowland League Cup clash

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Either Dalbeattie Star or Gretna will be in the final of this season's Lowland League Cup, the two face each other at Islecroft in the semi-final tomorrow. The winner will face East Kilbride or Preston Athletic for the chance to lift the silverware next Sunday.

In South football tomorrow, there's two Potts Cup second round ties, Creetown have home advantage over Newton Stewart while Wigtown and Bladnoch host Heston Rovers at Trammonford.

And in the juniors in their final league game of the season, Kello Rovers are at home to bottom side Muirkirk in the Ayrshire District league.

Peter Pan flies again


The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

tweets: Peter Pan is flying off to @bozzyfest this weekend to see our patron Joanna Lumley #JMB155

Peter Pan statue

Selkirk sevens target

Selkirk Weekend Advertiser

Selkirk will be hoping to go further in their own sevens tournament tomorrow

than they did at Kelso and Earlston last weekend.

In the first round at a bitterly-cold Poynder Park, the Philiphaugh side came up against Lasswade, who they clinically dumped out of the tournament 45-0.

Cricket clashes

There's action in the East of Scotland cricket league tomorrow.

Cricket ball

Gala are at home to Edinburgh Accies, Kelso are away to Edinburgh South and St Boswells travel to Watsonians in division one.

Selkirk are at home to Carlton in division three whilst the division five card features Tranent versus Peebles County. In division six Hawick and Wilton host Teuchters and Melrose entertain Dunbar.

Sevens schedule

In rugby it's rounds eight and nine this weekend of the AM:PM Kings of the 7s tournament with Gala just 10 points away from winning their first title in 11 years.

Rugby ball

Gala and champions Melrose are on opposite sides of the draws at tomorrow's Selkirk 7s and Sunday's event at Hawick so could meet again in the final as they did last weekend at Kelso and Earlston.

Dumfries and Galloway cricket

In the second round of cricket's premier division matches - Dumfries travel to Paisley to face Kelburne.

First division leaders, St Michaels are at home to Pollock. In the other games, Nunholm, Galloway and Langholm are all at home in their respective leagues, but Kingholm and Gatehouse both have away fixtures in theirs.

Langholm triumph

In Border Amateur football, last night's Forsyth Cup semi-final was won by Langholm Legion who defeated Gala Hotspur 4-0.


Looking ahead to tonight there's the Walls Cup final between Hawick Legion and Eyemouth Amateurs at Kelso, while along the road in Jedburgh, Peebles Amateurs and Duns Amateurs contest the Sanderson Cup final.

Tomorrow Gala Fairydean Rovers and Hawick Waverley face each other in the Beveridge Cup final at Lauder.

Already relegated Coldstream face Tynecastle in the East Premier Division. First Division champions Peebles Rovers travel to Hawick Royal Albert, while promotion hopefuls Duns face Ormiston.

Science festival

The Borders Science Festival is under way with 30 events across 12 towns.

It runs until the end of this month.

The lectures, workshops and activities include launching a water rocket, creating a smart phone app and collecting forensic evidence from a crime scene.

'Biggest effort ever'

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Stranraer face a seemingly impossible task of turning round a three-goal deficit as they prepare for the home leg of their Championship play-off semi-final against Forfar.

But Blues boss Steven Aitken has not given up all hope, insisting that it's not outwith the capabilities of the current squad.

"If there was ever a group of players could do it, it's probably the ones that we've got," he said.

"Because week in, week out they probably took knocks and they have taken dents and they have always bounced back.

"Certainly they are going to need the biggest effort they have ever had.

"One thing they will do is give us that effort but we'll just have to make sure that if chances come along we take them."

Much-admired manager

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

There are times, still,

when James Fowler feels awkward when he is called "gaffer".

James Fowler

He is 34 and only appeared in his last game in October, but he has already moved beyond the reputation of his consistently dependable playing career.

He has become a much-admired manager, having guided Queen of the South into the play-offs for the Premiership.

Play-off push

The back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard concentrates on Queen of the South's big play-off clash with Rangers.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

'Push for promotion'

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Queen of the South have home advantage over Rangers when the two meet in the first leg of the Premiership play-off quarter final tomorrow.

Queen of the South manager James Fowler

And, having already beaten the Ibrox side twice at Palmerston this season, manager James Fowler believes his side can go into the game with confidence.

"It doesn't count for anything on the day but I think you can obviously have a bit of confidence and hopefully it maybe puts a wee bit of doubt in the Rangers' players minds," he said.

"Hopefully we can use that to our advantage.

"There will be pressure on us but maybe not as much as there will be for Rangers.

"We're in the top four and that's obviously the play-offs now and we want to try and give a good push for promotion."

Dry initially

BBC Scotland Weather


Although largely dry initially we could see a few showers across the Southern Uplands.

Cloud will continue to thicken up from the south this afternoon with outbreaks of patchy rain spreading into the far south of the area.

Highs today of 13 celsius, so feeling milder than of late. Winds will be light.

'MP for all'

The SNP's Calum Kerr said he was "honoured" to be elected as MP following a "fair, decent and civilised" campaign in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk.

Calum Kerr

"I will be that MP for all of the people of the Borders, no matter how you voted," he said.

Time for reflection

Lib Dem Michael Moore said it had been a tough night after losing his Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk seat to the SNP.

Michael Moore

"For us as Liberals, we are going to have to reflect on what happened over night," he said.

"Some of this was signalled year after year in the course of the coalition but we were there, we took difficult decisions. We now need to make sure we can refashion Liberalism in Scotland and across the UK to make ourselves relevant once again to the voters of the country."

'Wanted stability'

David Mundell has been returned as the only Conservative MP in Scotland once again.

"I think it is quite clear in this constituency people did want an MP who represented their views in relation to the future of our United Kingdom and I do think the economy did play an important part as well," he said.

"I think people wanted the stability that a Conservative or Conservative-led government would bring."

'People want fairness'

Emma Harper ran David Mundell close in the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency.

She said she was proud to have increased the SNP's share of the vote in the constituency from 10.5% five years ago.

"I think the people of Scotland want fairness, equality and justice and an end to austerity and the SNP is the only party with the agenda to help the most vulnerable people in society," she said.

"That's why the people of Scotland have turned to the SNP this time."

New faces

BBC Scotland News

tweets: #SNP will have its largest ever tally in new Parliament, with 56 MPs... Who are they? #GE2015


'Propaganda war'

After defeat in Dumfries and Galloway, Labour's Russell Brown, who has been involved in nine election campaigns, said: "I have never seen a campaign like this before. It got more into the realms of a propaganda war out there on the streets.

"A lot of things we were putting forward as a party and I was putting forward as a candidate in a positive manner about redistribution of wealth and trying to do something about long-term unemployment and increasing the minimum wage and the living wage. All that was drowned out."

'Progressive politics'

In Dumfries and Galloway, Russell Brown joined the long list of deposed Labour MPs across Scotland as the SNP's Richard Arkless won the seat.

The new MP said: "We are very clear about the pledges we have put forward.

"That is we are going to do everything we can to back an end to austerity, get more powers for the Scottish Parliament and other progressive politics that we think we could build alliances across the UK and bring some progressive change to the UK which we think it badly needs."

Election results: Get Involved

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tweets: @BBCSouthScot @BBCNews @DavidMundellDCT so pleased for David he really does work tirelessly within the community

Get in touch


William Brown, of Lochmaben, emails: My dad fought for this country and will be turning in his grave at the mess these politicians in England have made. I can only hope that SNP can and will full fill what they say and listen to the people that they are representing.

Results breakdown

Looking for the full result from your constituency?

You can find all the details

in our A-Z guide.

Simpson success?


Olympic curler David Murdoch

tweets: Looks the the UK voted for Maggie Simpson.. #GE2015

Map and Simpsons

Election outcome

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today with full results from the General Election.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Bright morning

BBC Scotland Weather


After a chilly start temperatures will quickly recover with a dry, bright morning.

This afternoon will be mainly dry, however, cloud will continue to thicken up from the south with possibly a few spots of light rain. Highs today of 13 celsius with light winds.

Candidate congratulations


Green candidate Jody Jamieson

tweets: Congratulations to @calumrkerr Fantastic chair of Yes Scottish Borders and will be an excellent MP!