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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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Deputy First Minister 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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Conservative group leader Pauline Winchester

Tory proposals to save money rejected

Conservative proposals to save the council more than £100,000 a year by ending membership of national bodies have been rejected.

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Midlothian service users hand over joint trades union petition to Council leader, councillor Derek Milligan outside the Scottish Parliament.

Council leader’s cash call falls on deaf ears

Midlothian Council leader’s call for more funding from the Scottish Parliament has been rejected by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance.

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Councillor Derek Milligan outside Midlothian House in Dalkeith.

Services to be cut in half?

Midlothian Council’s leader has warned that some local authority services could be facing a 50 per cent cut or even “disappear altogether ”.

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Danielle Rowley MP has urged the UK Government to pause the roll out of Universal Credit.

Local MP calls for Universal Credit pause

Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley (Lab) has urged the UK Government to pause the roll out of Universal Credit, while she welcomed the Government’s U-turn on charging 55p a minute for using the Universal Credit helpline.

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

Paperless meetings approved by council

The SNP and Conservatives voted together recently to approve paperless council meetings by the end of the year.

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Councillor Derek Milligan outside Midlothian House in Dalkeith.

Council leader to meet minister

The leader of Midlothian Council is to meet with Finance Minister Derek Mackay next month to discuss financial pressures.

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

Fear that cuts could kill voluntary sector

The proposed council cuts announced last week “could kill the voluntary sector” claims the Midlothian Council for Voluntary Service (CVS).

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Midlothian Council needs to look at savings options in a bid to balance its budget.

Council examines potential budget saving opportunities

Changing the frequency of bin collections, closing Penicuik Recycling Centre, stopping support for galas and events and increasing and introducing parking charges are just some of the suggested budget savings that have gone before Midlothian Council.

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Glencorse Army Barracks

Tories’ soldiers motion hijacked

A Conservative motion sending the council’s best wishes to Glencorse-based troops heading off on deployments was changed by Labour to include support for retention of the base.

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SNP group leader Kelly Parry and Labour group leader Derek Milligan.

Grumbles fail to stop local plan approval

Councillors have approved the Local Development Plan despite fears a lack of infrastructure will not cope with increased house building.

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Danielle Rowley and Emily Thornberry.

New MP’s office officially opened

Midlothian’s first ever female MP had her office officially opened last Thursday by the Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry MP.

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Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley

Local MP is leadership campaign chief

Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley (Lab) has been named as the campaign chief for leadership candidate Richard Leonard.

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