The Conservatives proposals for a Borderlands Growth Deal in their election manifesto have got the seal of approval from local Scottish Conservative candidate David Mundell and Oliver Mundell MSP.
The Scottish Conservative candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale and the MSP for Dumfriesshire who have already been progressing plans for the Borderlands project in recent months have hailed the commitment to a specific Borderlands growth deal.
The duo say the party's proposals are a game changer for the South of Scotland and will be a major economic boost for the region.
Commenting Scottish Conservative candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale David Mundell said: "I hugely welcome this commitment to a Borderlands Growth Deal in the Conservative manifesto.
"The Borderlands Project has been something I have been pushing with the UK Government as a local MP and Secretary of State for Scotland in order to bring real job and investment opportunities to the South of Scotland by linking up with our neighbours south of the Border.
"It has great potential to achieve similar results to the city deals across Scotland and help grow our rural economy in the coming years.
"If I am re-elected I will make securing the Borderlands Growth Deal an absolute top priority in order to transform Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale and it's only by voting Conservative on June 8th you can secure this growth deal."
Adding his support, Oliver Mundell MSP said: "We need real economic investment in the South of Scotland region so this commitment to a Borderlands Growth Deal from the Conservatives is a huge step forward.
"I have been playing a key role in recent months pushing Borderlands back to the top of the agenda and I hope the SNP Scottish Government will match the commitment and use this as an opportunity to take forwards proposals to dual the A75 and also develop other major infrastructure projects such as re-opening railway stations.
"I am also committed to developing far greater links with our neighbours in Cumbria and Northumberland to encourage direct investment in Dumfriesshire in order to make this the place to live, work and do business."