Call for probe at Midlothian Council

Midlothian Council’s Labour Group has reported the SNP-controlled administration to the Standards Commission.

The complaint to the watchdog organisation relates to allegations that council officers were pressured into appointing candidates into paid posts.

In an email request to Chief Executive Kenneth Lawrie, opposition leader Councillor Derek Milligan (Lab) asked whether any elected member had at any time attempted to have a friend, colleague, family member, or any other person appointed to any post within Midlothian Council.

Mr Lawrie, in his reply, confirmed that three attempts had been made to circumvent normal recruitment procedures.

Read full report in the October 25 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.