THE results for both Tweeddale wards in the Scottish Borders Council local elections are in.

In Tweeddale West, Viv Thomson (SNP); Drummond Begg (Lib Dem) and Eric Small (Cons) have all been elected.

In Tweeddale East, Marshall Douglas (SNP); Julie Pirone (Cons) and Robin Tatler (Ind) have been chosen.

Tweeddale West reaction

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^Eric Small, Viv Thomson and Drummond Begg

Speaking after the result, Eric Small said: "It feels good [to be re-elected]. I'd like to go back on the planning committee. We need to get more affordable houses for young couples. We want to keep them in the Borders and not lose them to Midlothian or other areas."

Speaking exclusively to this newspaper, Drummond Begg said: "I hope to bring energy and enthusiasm to the role. People are really concerned about the sustainability agenda and we need to be more determined to tackle the climate crisis."

Fellow successful candidate Viv Thomson said: "It feels really good, it's been a really good result. I think people want change, they want to move away from what they've had with the council. I want to help the people of Tweeddale, I'm very optimistic."

Tweeddale East reaction

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^Julie Pirone, Robin Tatler and Marshall Douglas

After being re-elected, Robin Tatler said: "It's fantastic that Tweeddale East continues to have an independent councillor. I'll continue to work for our community. My number one priority is helping people who are struggling. It's more important than ever to help people."

Marshall Douglas said: "It's quite a shock, I'm still waiting for it to sink in. People can expect me to continue to work as hard as Stuart Bell did, engage with the community and attend community council meetings. 

Julie Pirone said: "I thank the people of Tweeddale East who recognise that we need a strong Conservative voice representing us. I'm a fresh face, with fresh ideas and I'll be fighting to represent our part of the Scottish Borders."