An historic deal has allowed the SNP to seize control of Midlothian Council.
Newly-elected Councillor Peter de Vink (Independent) refused to cut a deal with the Labour Party after voters returned a hung council at last week’s local election.
In siding with the eight SNP councillors elected, he dashed Labour hopes of clinging on to power – ending the party’s 84-year reign.
Ian Baxter, who also made history by becoming Midlothian’s first Green Party councillor, announced this week that he would support a new SNP-led council.
Celebrating the landmark result for her party, SNP group leader Lisa Beattie said: “Our positive campaign and vision for Midlothian has put us into the driving seat in a way that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. For a long time, the SNP had no presence at all in one of Labour’s traditional mining heartlands – now we will lead the council and the people of Midlothian into a brighter future.
Read full story in the May 10 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.