New tax-raising powers for Parliament

Legislation which will give the Scottish Parliament further powers over income tax will be laid today (Wednesday).

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Tackling gender stereotyping

Tackling gender stereotyping

Transforming gender stereotypes is key to tackling violence against women and girls, according to a report published today.

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Who's your winner at Midlothian Council?

Who is the best Midlothian Council employee?

Nominations are now open for Midlothian Council’s Great Place to Grow Awards.


Brexit? It’s not over by a long choc!

Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie has hit back at critics of his Toblerone motion at Holyrood, claiming it highlights the reality of Brexit.

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson (SNP)

Meeting called to discuss Glencorse

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson (SNP) is inviting his Midlothian constituents to meet with him to discuss their thoughts and concerns on the proposed closure of Glencorse Barracks in 2032.

Sir David Hamilton, Former MP for Midlothian and former jailed miner.

‘We need an inquiry into strike clashes’

Midlothian Council has called on the Scottish Government to investigate the miners’ strike, which saw clashes between pickets and police in Midlothian.

Midlothian police on patrol.

CAT teams’ cuts nearly reversed

A Labour motion to reverse the decision to scrap the police community action teams (CAT) was narrowly defeated last week by Provost Joe Wallace’s casting vote.

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Midlothian House.

Council to write to Holyrood about tax

Midlothian Council will write to the Scottish Government condemning plans to remove £1.2 million of council tax raised here.

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Independent councillor Peter De Vink.

Councillor hits back after he is sacked

Independent councillor Peter De Vink has been sacked by the SNP administration over comments he made about the no compulsory redundancy policy at Midlothian Council.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accused the UK Government of sending out a "not welcome here" message.

First Minister calls for Trump to be “president for everyone”

Nicola Sturgeon has said that ties between Scotland and the United States of America “will always endure” in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as the country’s next president.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidon arrives at the  Edinburgh count with partner Jen Wilson.
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Holyrood 2016: SNP fall short of overall majority

THE SNP has fallen narrowly short of a majority victory in the Holyrood election - despite a commanding win which will see Nicola Sturgeon returned as first Minister.

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Holyrood 2016 live blog: results and analysis

Our reporters are working throughout the night and tomorrow to bring you the results from every seat and list area alongside analysis of what they mean for the wider Scottish political landscape.

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Monktonhall Miners Fly the Flag at Durham Miners Gala, (left to right) Jock Taylor, Alex & Betty Bennett, Marie Glen, Janet Connachan, Raymond Diamond and Paddy Dudgeon

Midlothian Labour councillor hits out at party

A Midlothian Labour councillor has expressed his “disgust” at his party for failing to oppose the Conservatives’ latest welfare reforms.

Councillor Cath Johnstone

Mayfield welcomes ‘new leader’

Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council has welcomed the news that one of it’s former members is set to become leader of Midlothian Council.

Kenny Young

Midlothian candidate willing to jump off a bridge

Labour’s candidate for Midlothian has agreed to bungee jump off a bridge to raise money for Midlothian Sure Start if he becomes an MP.

Parking problems on Dalkeith High Street

Midlothian councillors to look at parking

Midlothian councillors are to have a seminar to fully discuss the first changes to the county’s parking standards for nearly 20 years.

Beeslack High School, Penicuik

Repairs to be carried out at Beeslack

Roof damage first noted by the Beeslack Parents Association last June is to be repaired at the Penicuik high school in due course.

Empty greenfield site in Rosewell (Rosewell Mains), where 290 homes are planned

Rosewell homes and business park plan on hold

A planning application for 290 homes and a small business park in Rosewell has been continued to allow local people to express their views .

Salters Park,  next to Dalkeith Hight School  along the A68.

New homes plan for the outskirts of Dalkeith ‘could boost area’

The group behind a mixed use development at a 30 hectare site between Dalkeith School Campus and the A68 has 
defended its plans.

Lisa and Colin Beattie

Midlothian MSP defends his councillor wife

MSP Colin Beattie has slammed “politically motivated” questions about his wife’s absence from her councillor duties, due to ill health.

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