Independent councillor Peter De Vink has slammed Labour for not attending next month’s seminar on the SNP’s Independence white paper.
A Scottish Government civil servant will answer questions from councillors and council officials on the independence document at a special event at Midlothian House early next month, which was requested by Councillor De Vink.
He said: “Labour have said it’s a waste of time and money and that they have made up their minds on the matter already.
“I find that depressing. We need dialogue, we need to talk about it. If you don’t want to even listen then you are not fit to be a councillor as far as I’m concerned. Labour have been short sighted on this.
“In Scotland there is probably almost one third of the people that will vote yes whatever happens and another one third who will vote no whatever happens. So I think it is just so incredibly important to have dialogue about this.”
Labour group leader Derek Milligan said: “In Midlothian, the SNP have started charging old folk £104 for lifeline alarms, have cut learning assistants and lollipop men and women, and yet they still find money for a taxpayer-funded newspaper.
“Voters don’t want councillors swanning around seminars – they want us to get these problems sorted.”
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