The Midlothian administration’s only non-SNP councillor has quit his Cabinet post, claiming he found the work “greatly frustrating”. The resignation of Peter de Vink (Ind) is the latest blow in what has been a turbulent first few months in power for the coalition.
Following a shake-up which saw Councillor Bob Constable (SNP) take charge of the council, Councillor de Vink’s resignation will be seen as a further sign that all is not well at the heart of local government. The 72-year-old is the fourth to leave office since the coalition seized power from Labour in May’s elections – councillors Lisa Beattie and Jim Bryant relinquished their positions as council leader and deputy leader respectively, while Andrew Coventry (SNP) cited work commitments as his reason.
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