We must support those with additional and complex needs in the Scottish Borders

Liberal Democrat Councillors Kris Chapman and Euan Robson marked PDA Awareness Day by meeting campaigner Pat Hewitt at the Council's Headquarters in Newtown St Boswells (Monday 15th May). PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome) is a part of the Autistic spectrum but it is not widely recognised or identified. Its symptoms are acute anxiety provoked by the pressure or stress of requests or demands on the individual concerned.

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Kris Chapman :: Communities fit for the future


“We need to build communities, not just houses.” says Kris Chapman Scot Lib Dem candidate for Tweeddale West.  

“Whilst we have a strong need for affordable housing in the area, as indeed we do across the whole of Scotland, there’s something deeply troubling about how that challenge is being met by developers. It is time to think again!

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Jeremy Purvis: The West's response is no match for the crisis in Lebanon


This was how the 33-year-old governor of Baalbek-Hermel described the World Heritage Site of the temples of Jupiter and Bacchus in Lebanon. Possibly the world’s most intact Greek, Roman and Byzantine remains didn’t have many visitors when I was there with the governor and their charismatic caretaker last week. British travel advice marks the whole of the province, along the Bequaa valley and bordering Syria, as red against all travel. I couldn’t help but think of the other caretakers of such precious world treasures who have sacrificed their lives in order to preserve such gems of human culture and history. The vulnerability of the site reflects that of the people who live around it. The region has seen its population grow by a third with Syrians fleeing the hell-like slaughter of their country’s bloody internal conflict.


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