Paxton farmer's wife aims for Westminster is a headline on today's Berwickshire
BERWICKSHIRE SNP has announced that Paxton farmer's wife Aileen Orr is to be the party's Westminster candidate for the next general election.
Convenor Alex Thomson said at a meeting held in Kelso on Sunday, "We wanted a local candidate to represent the SNP, someone with local knowledge of the problems and concerns of the people of the Borders. Someone who relished the challenge, and we feel Aileen has the right qualifications and attitude to take up the fight for a Borders voice in Westminster." Aileen Orr has been a member of the SNP for 34 years, joining at school and remaining an activist through college and university. As well as her interest in politics, Aileen spent most of her youth playing with the Massed Border Pipe Band and was one of the first women to play the pipes within a Burns Club. In addition, she fought for equal pay and career advancement within the banking and insurance industry. Mrs Orr said at Sunday's meeting: "I am delighted to be chosen as candidate for this constituency. With the support of Alex Salmond and the whole SNP team, I hope the people of the Borders take time to come and meet us, ask questions and use their vote."
28 October 2004
Mrs Orr is the chairman of the Hutton School Action Group. The SNP does not seem to have a great following amongst Borderers but you never know.