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Depute takes on provost role for now

Midlothian’s depute provost Margot Russell will take over the provost’s role temporarily following the sudden death of Councillor Adam Montgomery.

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Local Elected Members Cllr Colin Cassidy (SNP), Cllr Margot Russell (LAB), Colin Beattie MSP (SNP), Danielle Rowley MP
(LAB) and Cllr Stephen Curran (LAB)

Cross party fury at fixed odds bets

Midlothian politicians from across the political spectrum have come together to campaign against fixed odds betting terminals.

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Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn in Penicuik  to take part in Vivienne Wallace's Council By-Election Campaign 12/2/18

Labour leaders pop into Penicuik ahead of by-election

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard were in Penicuik on Monday ahead of the Midlothian Council by-election there on March 22.

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Ashley Highfield

MPs must protect the local press from damaging Lords amendment

This week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press.

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The Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood, Edinburgh.

Extra budget cash for the council

Midlothian Council will receive a £2.6 million increase in funding from the Scottish Government following a deal between the SNP and the Greens to pass the budget at Holyrood.

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Midlothian Conservatives have selected Murdo MacDonald as their candidate in the upcoming Penicuik by-election, he is pictured (centre) with the five current Midlothian Conservative councillors.

Conservatives choose their candidate for local by-election

Midlothian Conservatives have selected Murdo MacDonald as their candidate in the upcoming council by-election in Penicuik, following the sad passing of Provost Adam Montgomery.

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The First Minister will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow t mark 100 years of women's suffrage.

Debate to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Tuesday) to celebrate the centenary of women having the right to vote in the UK.

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General view of the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood, Edinburgh.

Tory tax plans spark debate

Scottish Government analysis, claiming Tory tax proposals could mean cuts of £74.2 million to NHS Lothian, has been branded “ridiculous”.

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Conservative group leader Cllr Pauline Winchester and SNP group leader Cllr Kelly Parry.

Code complaint is dismissed

A public standards complaint made against SNP group leader Kelly Parry by Conservative group leader Pauline Winchester has been dismissed.

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Midlothian House, the main office for Midlothian Council, Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith

Council control up for grabs?

The balance of power at Midlothian Council is up in the air following the death of Provost Adam Montgomery, with a Penicuik by-election to take place next month.

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Glencorse Army Barracks, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, Penicuik.

Further call to save barracks

Veterans Secretary Keith Brown has again called on the Ministry of Defence to reverse its plans to close Glencorse Barracks by 2032.

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Driving examiners will strike today and tomorrow.

Driving examiners strike over new tests dispute

Hundreds of driving tests across Scotland today (Monday) and tomorrow have been cancelled due to strike action by examiners over the new test and working patterns.

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Restrictions begin on the Queensferry Crossing tonight. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Queensferry Crossing to have 10 months of lane restrictions

More lane restrictions will be in place on the Queensferry Crossing over the next 10 months due to “snagging” issues, it has emerged.

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Education Secretary John Swinney

Independent panel to oversee named person service

An independent panel is being set up to provide expert advice to ensure the Scottish Government’s named person service is workable.

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Conservative group leader Cllr Pauline Winchester and SNP group leader Cllr Kelly Parry.

Tories report SNP leader to standards

The leader of the Midlothian Conservative group has reported SNP leader Kelly Parry to the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Stoats in Loanhead to announce the company as Scotlands 1,000th Living Wage-accredited employer.

First Minister visits Stoats

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last week visited Loanhead-based company Stoats - Scotland’s 1000th Living Wage-accredited employer.

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Cllrs Kelly Parry and Andrew Hardie

Councillors seek paternity cover assurances from COSLA

Midlothian’s Council has unanimously backed an SNP motion to lobby COSLA to introduce maternity and paternity leave for councillors.

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Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley at the Midlothian Constituency General Election Count, Lasswade Centre. Early hours of 9/6/17

Midlothian Council calls for UK parliament ward status quo

Responding to the Boundary Commission proposal for a ‘Midlothian and Upper Tweeddale County Constituency’, councillors have called for the Midlothian UK parliament ward to stay as it is.

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Call for help to implement local plan

Call for help to implement local plan

Councillors last week formally adopted the controversial Midlothian Local Development Plan, despite some disappointment at the lack of support to deal with a growing population.

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