New councillor for Midlothian East is the power maker

Peter de Vink, new Midlothian councillor

Peter de Vink, new Midlothian councillor

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Described, in his own words, as a “revolutionary councillor”, financial expert Peter de Vink is brimming with ideas on how to boost the Midlothian economy.

The Independent politician found himself centre stage at the recent Midlothian Council election count when, after voters returned a ‘hung’ council, he snubbed Labour in favour of the SNP.

However unlikely it may seem that a former Tory – he went through the selection process to become a Conservative candidate for Midlothian East last year – could find favour in the Labour heartlands of Mayfield and Easthouses, that is exactly what Mr de Vink has done after raising thousand of pounds for community groups including Easthouses Football Club, Mayfield Pipe Band and Mayfield and Easthouses Gala Committee.

He also raised cash to support Easthouses Childrens’ Christmas Party by throwing a bash at Easthouses Miners’ Club.

Intent on standing down in five years’ time, the owner of Huntly Cot Farm in Temple is confident that he will leave the council on a strong financial footing.

Speaking to the Advertiser, he said: “It’s easy to be an armchair critic, however, I am quite convinced that I have sufficient ideas to take the council forward.

Read full story in the May 17 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.