A GP from Peebles is to stand for Britain’s newest political party in the upcoming European election.

Kate Forman (pictured), who works in Selkirk, will be on the ballot paper representing Change UK on May 23.

She told us: “I have worked in the NHS for 30 years and am proud of our world class health service and the people who work in it.

“I strongly believe that we should protect our public services and ensure that they are adequately funded.

“I am standing in these elections as I believe that it is crucial to keep Britain’s voice around the table in the European Parliament.”

Pro-EU Change UK was formed just two months ago after several MPs left Labour and Conservatives to sit as independents. Former Tory Heidi Allen is the current acting leader, while ex-Labour MP Chuka Umunna is the party’s spokesperson.

Ms Forman told us: “Change UK supports a People’s Vote to give the public a final say and resolve the Brexit mess and will be campaigning to remain in the European Union. I consider myself lucky to live and work in such a beautiful area and to have been able to bring up my family in the Scottish Borders.

“I, like over 50 per cent of Change UK candidates, come from a non-political background as Change UK is trying to increase the diversity and range of experience of people in politics.

“I am delighted to have been chosen to stand in these elections.”

As previously reported, other Borderers standing include Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam, who is third on the list for the Conservatives; Tweeddale West councillor Heather Anderson (SNP); Selkirkshire councillor and executive member for roads and infrastructure, Gordon Edgar (Independent); as well as former council convenor Catriona Bhatia (LibDem).