‘Unbelievably embarrassing’

Peter de Vink, new Midlothian councillor
Peter de Vink, new Midlothian councillor

Instability at Midlothian Council is causing concern among elected members following Councillor Peter de Vink’s resignation from the Cabinet.

Councillor De Vink (Ind) stepped down from his finance post, claiming that he found the work “extremely tiring and greatly frustrating.”

His resignation is the fourth in as many months – and follows those of former council leader Lisa Beattie (SNP), her deputy Jim Bryant (SNP) and councillor Andrew Coventry (SNP).

The changes have led opposition group leader Derek Milligan (Lab) to describe the current state of affairs at the council as “a complete and utter shambles.”

Councillor Milligan commented: “This is unbelievably embarrassing. Since the first council meeting a mere 15 weeks ago, Cabinet membership has gone from six to five to four – then back to six and now down to five again.

“I do not believe for one minute Councillor de Vink’s excuses for his resignation.”

Read full story in the September 13 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.