New era begins at Midlothian Council with call for unity from its new Leader

The newly-elected Midlothian Council at its first meeting in Dalkeith.
The newly-elected Midlothian Council at its first meeting in Dalkeith.

Midlothian councillors must work across political divides in order to achieve “the best possible outcomes” for county residents.

That is the view of Lisa Beattie (SNP), who became the first female leader of Midlothian Council at an historic meeting of the full council in Dalkeith last week.

The convening of the council on May 22, its first since the May 3 election, saw Councillor Beattie’s SNP colleague Joe Wallace elected as Provost. Jim Bryant (SNP) was named depute leader, with Derek Rosie (SNP) taking on the role of depute Provost.

Addressing the chamber for the first time as council leader, Councillor Beattie said: “I’d like to express my appreciation of the hard work and strenuous efforts of my predecessor Derek Milligan during a period of substantial change and all the challenges that arose from that.

“The challenges will continue but I am confident that working across party political divides this council will work steadfastly to achieve the best possible outcomes for the people of Midlothian.”

Read full story in the May 31 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.