History in the making at Midlothian Council Election count

Cath Johnstone making victory speech
Cath Johnstone making victory speech

An historic deal has allowed the SNP to seize control of Midlothian Council.

Newly-elected Councillor Peter de Vink (Independent) refused to cut a deal with the Labour Party after voters returned a hung council at last week’s local election.

In siding with the eight SNP councillors elected, he dashed Labour hopes of clinging on to power – ending the party’s 84-year reign.

Ian Baxter, who also made history by becoming Midlothian’s first Green Party councillor, announced this week that he would support a new SNP-led council.

Celebrating the landmark result for her party, SNP group leader Lisa Beattie said: “Our positive campaign and vision for Midlothian has put us into the driving seat in a way that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. For a long time, the SNP had no presence at all in one of Labour’s traditional mining heartlands – now we will lead the council and the people of Midlothian into a brighter future.

Read full story in the May 10 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.