Labour councillors tabled an emotional motion last week expressing their shock and horror at the killing of MP Jo Cox last month.
Following a minute’s silence in memory of the Batley and Spen MP, Labour group leader Derek Milligan moved the motion, which will also see Midlothian Council write to the family to express “our deepest and heartfelt condolences”.
His Labour colleague Councillor Margot Russell seconded the motion.
Fighting back tears, she said: “I have been, like many around this table I’m sure, been approached by their constituents expressing their very real sadness irrespective of political parties, at the loss of this young woman at the start of her political journey.
“Like many of us I never knew her. But since her tragic murder we have all come to respect her abilities not just as a member of parliament but as a human being.
“As we all know politicians do not have a great deal of respect from the public.
“So let us who work in public service strive to work as hard as she did and to speak out and condemn forms of hatred and extremism. This should be her legacy.”