Scotland

Public Spending Debate: South West

As UK Chancellor George Osborne prepares to announce the biggest cut in government spending for decades, the public of the south west of Scotland debated what the impact could be.

On Monday evening, members of the public got their chance to question politicians from south west Scotland about the impact of spending cuts.

Labour MP for Dumfries and Galloway, Russell Brown, and South of Scotland Tory MSP Derek Brownlee were on the panel at the Brigend Theatre in Dumfries.

Alongside them were three senior members of Dumfries and Galloway Council: Administration leader Ivor Hyslop (Tory) and councillors Rob Davidson (SNP) and Sandra McDowall (Lib Dems).

The event was chaired by Willie Johnston of BBC Scotland.