Jibes spark Dalkeith store wars

A war of words broke out this week over hopes of bringing a major supermarket to Dalkeith town centre.

Labour has accused Midlothian Council’s ruling SNP/Independent coalition of being a “part-time” council, and has launched its own bid to secure a deal for the town.

However, the SNP hit back with claims that Labour had scored a political own goal, because plans for a Sainsbury’s in Eskbank Road collapsed while Labour was still in power.

In a press release issued on Friday, Councillor Alex Bennett (Lab) said: “I only discovered Sainsbury’s had pulled out of the deal when I wrote to them to enquire if they were going ahead after hearing gossip they were not. Their letter arrived on June 28.

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