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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Sibling rivalry with a political twist

TWO political rivals went head to head last week to see their party elected locally with one twist . . . they are brothers.

Lochmaben siblings Adam and Jack Wilson share a love of politics, but what they don’t share are the same political ideals.

Older brother Adam, 20, who studies business at Edinburgh University, is a staunch Labour supporter.

He said: “I joined the Labour party because I felt it best represented my views.
“The Labour party’s priorities of tackling inequality, being a fairer nation and reducing poverty are also my priorities.”

Meanwhile younger brother Jack, 18, a Stirling University student studying French and Spanish teaching, is a Tory through and through.

He said: “I joined the Scottish Conservative party in August of last year because I believe in our centre-right economic policies which lead to economic growth and job creation.
“Even after Adam joined the Labour Party, he couldn’t convince me of their policies.”

The duo were both involved in last week’s election and in the lead up took to the streets helping Labour candidate Elaine Murray and Tory candidate Oliver Mundell in their quest to clinch the Dumfriesshire seat.

However, even though Jack’s party came out on top locally last week, Adam says it won’t affect their relationship.

He said: “While Jack had a night of celebration, this doesn’t come between us.
“We always respect each other and other people’s point of view.”

He added: “Although sometimes we have arguments, we are still two very close brothers.
“We annoy our mum and dad by talking non stop politics, when we are both at home, but it’s nice to get another point of view and have mostly friendly discussion.
“When at university I live only minutes away from the Scottish Parliament so I often end up phoning Jack to tell him what MSP I was behind in Starbucks queue or who was doing TV interviews.”

Jack added: “Of course, our difference in political views allows for discussion, sometimes leading to heated debate.
“But, at the end of the day, we are still brothers and fully respect each other’s views.”

And Adam, who served as part of the Scottish Youth Parliament previously, is hopeful a career in politics will be in his future.

Meanwhile, Jack says he wouldn’t rule it out either . . . watch this space.

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