‘More local Labour members will leave’

Councillor Peter Boyes, Mayfield, who has resigned from the Labour group.

Councillor Peter Boyes, Mayfield, who has resigned from the Labour group.

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It’s time Labour accepted they are no longer in control of Midlothian Council – so says the man who has just quit the party after 43 years.

Councillor Peter Boyes defended his decision to vote with the SNP over controversial proposals for the new Newbattle High School and the future of community facilities in its feeder communities.

The Midlothian East councillor also claimed the local Labour group was in crisis and that more members are set to leave.

He told the Advertiser: “The Labour group wanted to close local facilities and I thought ‘that’s not for me’.

“Derek Milligan still thinks he is council leader.

“It’s time they accepted that they are no longer in control, they only have seven members.

“And if Labour don’t leave me alone and don’t stop sniping then I will have to snipe back at them. They are trying to blame me for everything, all their faults.

“It’s Milligan. He just can’t accept that he has now lost another member which has weakened his position.

“There has been unrest in Midlothian for quite some time, the Labour group is now split in two. I believe more local party members will leave.”

Read more in the August 22 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.