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MSP Harper - Easing Of Restrictions Is A Positive Step


Speaking about the easing of restrictions announced by the FM this week, Emma Harper SNP MSP for South Scotland, said;


“I welcome the First Minister’s announcement that from next Monday 17th May, that Dumfries & Galloway will enter into Level 2 restrictions which signals the positive step forward that we hoped for with some additional easing of restrictions than was expected.



“For the first time in many months people will be permitted into each other’s homes with overnight stays possible which is something I’m sure we have all been looking forward to. As restrictions ease with the suppression of covid-19 we must use greater individual judgement, referring to the guidance provided, to decide how we interact within our own homes and particularly with those family members who remain vulnerable to infection.

“Many businesses, including entertainment venues, will also be able to open from next Monday to welcome people and I know this will be a positive and exciting time for many and I want to encourage everyone to enjoy the new restrictions, but to do it responsibly and safely.” 

MSP Carson Thanks Voters For Support, Faith and Trust

Finlay Carson has voiced his delight at being re-elected as the MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries with an increased majority.



The Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate retained his hold of the seat at the Scottish Parliamentary elections at the weekend, having won by more than 2,600 votes over the SNP candidate.

Immediately after his victory, he said: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been re-elected as your MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, the place that has always been my home.

“It was an election like no other, and having to wait for almost 2 days for the result is something I hope we don't ever have to do again!”

Mr Carson praised the support of his team during the campaign, admitting: “Every bit of help, no matter how small, helped me to increase my majority to over 2600 votes!

“I would also like to thank everyone who put their trust in me, and voted for me to represent them for a further 5 years in the Scottish Parliament.

The MSP stressed: “I will ensure that my team and I continue to work tirelessly to support, assist and represent everyone in the constituency, whether I got your vote or not.”

Mr Carson admitted the focus must now turn immediately to ensuring local businesses recover quickly from the pandemic in order to protect jobs and avoid unemployment.

He said: “The coming months are going to be difficult, so everything possible must be done to help and encourage all businesses – especially in the rural sector – to become more sustainable and positive in moving forward.

“It is encouraging to see many businesses and companies re-opening again after what has been a difficult period for so many. All our efforts will be in supporting them in any way we can in the months ahead.”

Campaigning MP Welcomes Which? Cash Access Project

LOCAL MP David Mundell has backed a new initiative by consumer body Which? to protect the UK's cash network.


David Mundell 2018

The Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale representative has a track record of championing easy availability of traditional physical currency.


He welcomed the launch of the campaign this week and news that thousands of retailers and other businesses had already signed up to the 'Cash-Friendly' initiative.


Soon the Which? 'Cash-Friendly' stickers will be appearing on shop doors signalling that notes and coins will be readily accepted.


Mr Mundell, who led a debate at Westminster on preserving cash infrastructure, believed the consumer organisation's intervention would boost on-going urgent efforts to prevent the premature disappearance of cash.


He said: "I know from my largely rural constituency just how important convenient cash access remains, particularly for those who are vulnerable for a variety of reasons and have difficulties making digital payments.


"Sadly the Covid crisis appears to have accelerated the closure of bank branches, removal of cash dispensers and a reduction in the number of businesses accepting notes and coins.


"This causes real hardship and adds expense because of the distance some of my constituents have to travel to reach a dispenser. In some cases they then also face transaction charges to access even a modest amount of their own money."


Mr Mundell added that he was eager for the Government to move forward quickly with planned legislation to provide long-term protection for cash.


Anabel Hoult, chief executive of Which?, said: “Our cash-friendly pledge will reassure consumers who rely on cash that they won't be left behind as we make the transition to digital payments."

MSP Mundell Says "It Is A Great Privilege To Represent Dumfriesshire" After Re-Election Success

Speaking after his re-election, where he increased his vote share - Oliver Mundell MSP said: “It has been one of the greatest privileges of my life to represent the people of Dumfriesshire these past five years and I want to say thank you putting your trust in me


Oliver Mundell MSP

“Especially those voters who are not traditional Conservatives who have lent me their support this time in order to hold off the nationalists.


“The message could not be clearer. Dumfriesshire wants to remain united and see our Scottish Parliament focusing on rebuilding our country, not tearing it apart.”

“I promise to keep to my side of the bargain and will be a strong voice for our forgotten region and will always stand up for the unique cross-border interest of our communities.

“Together we have shown we can rise above nationalism and together we can deliver a better future for local people.

He added:

“The level of turnout has shown that democracy matters and I very much hope to see life and the freedoms we all enjoy return in fill over the coming months.”

Can you help Cash For Kids?


Would you consider supporting Westsound FM’s Cash for Kids?



The pandemic has had a devastating impact on families with children and 2021 continues to bring financial difficulties to many families across Dumfries and Galloway. Local young people are living in poverty and are really struggling, and they need us now more than ever. So far this year Westsound FM’s Cash for Kids has granted £34,935 to support children and young people in your local community.

Now as we start to move out of lockdown restrictions Cash for Kids focus turns to Summer and we want to make sure we are still able to provide support to those families who need it most.

You can help make this possible by supporting our Cash for Kids Day on Friday 14th May.

100% of all funds raised will be used to tackle poverty. Together we can provide children with food, heating, toiletries and health and wellbeing packs. And the more we raise for Cash for Kids Day the more children we will be able to support.

As a company you could:

· Make a donation

· Encourage staff fundraising

· Encourage fundraising with your clients

· Hold a workplace fundraiser or virtual if you have staff working from home.

If you could consider supporting our fundraising then please contact Lorraine on 07590 183613 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To find out more and to make an online donation please go to or scan our QR Code.

Your support is very much appreciated.