Midlothian Council chief executive issues apology

Midlothian Council headquarters
Midlothian Council headquarters

Midlothian Council’s chief executive has apologised for a local authority press release which breached election protocol.

Last week the council’s Labour Group made a complaint to Kenneth Lawrie over the publicity which concerned the new school at Bilston.

The issue is sensitive as there is a by-election in Midlothian West on September 10.

In a statement Mr Lawrie said: “We have acknowledged and apologised for the fact that there was a breach of the council’s pre-election publicity guidance.

“The council should not have issued a media release featuring an elected member. The media release on the sod cutting ceremony at the new Bilston Primary School should not have included Councillor Constable and I can only apologise to the candidates that this happened.

“I would also wish to clarify a question that has arisen regarding the funding for the new school. The contractor’s quote in the media release referred to the council’s continued investment in education facilities. I would emphasise that whilst the school is being part-funded by the council, the majority of funding will come from developer contributions.”