Provost survives calls to resign

Provost Joe Wallace takes the salute during the homecoming parade for 400 soliders from Penicuik-based Royal Highland Fusiliers (2SCOTS) in June

Provost Joe Wallace takes the salute during the homecoming parade for 400 soliders from Penicuik-based Royal Highland Fusiliers (2SCOTS) in June

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Midlothian provost Joe Wallace (SNP) last week survived calls from the Labour group to resign following his comments about veterans.

As reported in the Advertiser, Cllr Wallace apologised after comments he made about army veterans provoked a furious reaction.

At last week’s full council meeting the Labour motion also called on Cllr Wallace to resign from his position as veterans’ champion. While Labour group leader Councillor Derek Milligan called Cllr Wallace’s response a “non- apology apology”.

Council leader Catherine Johnstone (SNP)said she had “full confidence” in Cllr Wallace, adding that Labour had incited others “to send malicious statements to social media and the press”.

The motion was rejected by nine votes to eight.