Labour in Midlothian ‘still have an important job to do’

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Labour’s Midlothian group leader doesn’t believe his position or that of the party has been weakened by Councillor Peter Boyes’ decision to quit recently after 43 years with the group.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Labour group leader Derek Milligan denied a split in the party locally and described life in opposition for the first time, following the SNP’s historic win in last year’s council elections.

He said: “I think the Labour group are in a position where they have a very important job to do, and that’s to challenge the decision-making and to ensure as best they can that the decisions being made are the right ones that are going to benefit our communities.

“I think we have also got a job to scrutinise the workings of the council to make sure that they are actually doing what they are claiming to do.

“We couldn’t win votes before Peter left, so it’s not weakened our position in any way. There was eight of us, now seven, there are 10 of them.

“We are here and we are going to put our opinions forward. We are not going to be marginalized or quietened just because we think we will lose the votes.”

Read more on this in the August 29 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.