South Scotland

Scottish Borders Council takes police board stance

Scottish Borders Council has called for a representative from each of the 32 local authorities in Scotland to be on any future national police board.

They backed Lib Dem councillor Graham Garvie's motion against any plans for an appointed board of 11 members.

Opposition SNP members and council leader David Parker said representing all councils could be unwieldy.

However, they were outvoted by a combination of Tory, Lib Dem, Borders Party and Independent members.

The Scottish government unveiled plans for a single force earlier this year.

It would see the current eight forces amalgamated into one.

The Scottish Borders is covered by Lothian and Borders Police at the moment.

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