New MP’s office officially opened

Midlothian’s first ever female MP had her office officially opened last Thursday by the Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry MP.

Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley

Local MP is leadership campaign chief

Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley (Lab) has been named as the campaign chief for leadership candidate Richard Leonard.

Baby Box distribution centre and assembly line at APS Group Edinburgh, where each Baby Box is handmade and individually packed.

Councillors’ baby box clash

Conservative and SNP councillors clashed at the recent full council meeting over the recently introduced Scottish Government baby boxes.

Councillor Jim Muirhead outside Dalkeith Police Headquarters.

CAT uses one of its nine lives

As they reinstated the Police Community Action Teams last week, councillors spoke of a rise in anti-social behaviour since they were scrapped.

Councillor Derek Milligan outside Midlothian House in Dalkeith.

Cash row continues between parties

Labour last week slammed the SNP and council officers for ‘financial mismanagement’ during the previous administration leaving the council’s finances “in a mess”.

Midlothian House, the main office for Midlothian Council, Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith

Councillors raise Hopefield worries

Councillors have voiced their concerns about proposals for two large housing developments bringing more than 1000 homes to Bonnyrigg.

The Electoral Reform Society claims that 1.8 million votes cast in Scotland made no impact on the overall result.

1.8 million Scottish votes “wasted” in General Election

Two thirds of the votes cast in the general election in Scotland were “wasted” and had no impact on the result, according to a new report.

Cllr Pauline Winchester (Con) & Danielle Rowley MP (Lab).

Tories question “positive campaign”

Midlothian Conservatives group leader Pauline Winchester has accused the SNP of intimidation during the recent General Election.

SNP group leader Kelly Parry and Labour group leader Derek Milligan.

Labour denies talk of council coalition deal

The SNP questioned Labour at the recent Midlothian Council meeting on any deals made with the Conservatives to run the local authority.

SNP councillor Debbi McCall and Conservative group leader Pauline Winchester.

Councillor attacks ‘barbaric’ reform

An SNP councillor has attacked the Conservatives over the controversial ‘rape clause’ introduced as part of child tax credit reforms.

Councillors Jim Muirhead and Kelly Parry.

Voluntary sector grants under review

Midlothian Council is to consult with voluntary organisations on a review of the way in which voluntary sector grants are awarded.

Grenfell Tower.

Cladding assurance on council buildings

Midlothian Council leader Derek Milligan (Lab), in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, has reassured local people that all council houses and schools are safe.

Midlothian House, the main office for Midlothian Council, Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith.

Renovation work at council HQ to save money

Changes to office accommodation at Midlothian House to make better use of space and save money have been branded “a vanity project”.

SNP group leader Kelly Parry and Midlothian Council leader Derek Milligan (Lab).

Labour refutes sexism claim

Labour has accused the SNP of “mischief” after the party was labelled “sexist” for not giving more women top positions at the council.

Armed Forces Day Penicuik.

Local support shows no signs of flagging

Midlothian Council marked the start of Armed Forces Week with a flag raising ceremony on Monday at Penicuik Town Hall.

Midlothian Constituency General Election Count, Lasswade Centre. Early hours of 9/6/17 Declaration. Labour candidate Danielle Rowley wins.

Labour reclaim Midlothian from nationalists

Labour’s Danielle Rowley was last week elected as the new MP for Midlothian, replacing Owen Thompson (SNP).

Midlothian East councillors (LtoR) John Hacket (Lab), Kenneth Baird (SNP) and Peter Smaill (Con)

Councillors promise to work together

The three Midlothian East councillors have promised to put party differences to one side to work together for the local community.

Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley.

Danielle’s joy at becoming county’s first female MP

Labour candidate Danielle Rowley last week became the first woman to represent Midlothian at Westminster.

Labour candidate Danielle Rowley wins.

General Election: Labour win Midlothian seat

Labour candidate Danielle Rowley has been elected as the new MP for Midlothian, replacing Owen Thompson (SNP).

Live Blog: General Election 2017 fallout

Live Blog: General Election 2017 fallout

Our reporters across the country will give you updates and analysis as it happens after the UK was left with a hung parliament following the General Election.

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