Borders Party

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The Borders Party
Leader Nicholas Watson
Secretary-General Jim Smith
Founded 2006 (2006)
Headquarters Old Schoolhouse, St Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0AE
Ideology Borders Regionalism
Political position Independent
Colours Purple
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The Borders party is a political party involved in Local Government in Scotland.

The Party was founded in 2006 and is based in the Scottish Borders, and is concerned with improving the quality of life and welfare of those living and working in the area. Candidates from the party are fielded only in Council elections and do not stand in National or European elections. The Borders party is non-affiliated to any of the other national parties, and has members from across the political spectrum.

The Borders Party contested the Scottish Borders Council election, 2007 and returned two councillors.

The Party also contested every ward in the Scottish Borders Council election, 2012 returning both Sandy Aitchison and Nicholas Watson to their respective wards for a second term.

In August 2012, Leaderdale and Melrose, Borders Party Cllr Nicholas Watson announced he would be leaving the area to pursue employment in Cumbria.[1] He resigned his seat on the Council The by-election was won by Iain Gillespie, also of the Borders Party, on 2 May 2013.


  1. "Borders Party leader Nicholas Watson to step down". BBC News. 30 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>