Respect motion rejected by Midlothian councillors

Green councillor Ian Baxter and SNP councillor Kelly Parry, who put forward the motion for a fair council elections campaign.
Green councillor Ian Baxter and SNP councillor Kelly Parry, who put forward the motion for a fair council elections campaign.

An SNP/ Green motion calling for a respectful council elections campaign was last week rejected by the majority of councillors.

The motion called on all candidates to campaign in a positive way on local issues and avoid personal attacks, with Councillor Kelly Parry (SNP) stating that “it’s clear that we have much work more to do”, citing sexist abuse she had received online, claiming such behaviour is a barrier to more people getting into politics.

However, the motion was defeated by 11 votes to seven, with councillors accusing the SNP of hypocrisy, citing remarks from previous council meetings and “uncalled for” attacks on Conservative candidate Peter Smaill and Independent candidates Jim Bryant and George McIntrye.

Cllr Baxter said that if councillors don’t agree with the motion “people will ask why”.