Disability benefit cuts hit Midlothian residents’pockets

Freedom of Information figures supplied by the Department for Work and Pensions show that Midlothian has lost out on £1.1 million because of Tory cuts to disability benefit.

Conservative Councillor Pauline Winchester, who is not happy with the lack of Holyrood money being made available to male victims of domestic abuse.

Tory group leader speaks up about domestic violence against men

The Conservatives Midlothian group leader has accused the Scottish Government of forgetting male victims of domestic abuse.

Midlothian Provost Councillor Peter Smaill.

First Conservative provost for Midlothian

Midlothian East councillor Peter Smaill (63) has been elected as the new Provost of Midlothian, the fist Conservative to hold the role.

The GMB Union says the pay offer will widen the gap between the highest and lowest paid council workers.

Scottish council workers urged to reject ‘unfair’ pay offer

Council workers across Scotland are being urged to reject an “unfair and unacceptable” pay offer.

Labour MP for Midlothian Danielle Rowley (centre) at a Universal Credit summit in her constituency attended by charities, community groups and public sector organisations.

Call by Midlothian MP for payments to go direct to women

Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley believes Universal Credit benefits payments should be “automatically split” so they go directly to women.

Councillor Derek Milligan outside Midlothian House in Dalkeith

Labour anger at SNP over “confidential” Midlothian Council administration talks press leak

The Midlothian Labour group has hit out at the SNP for leaking details to the press of “confidential” talks between the parties to form an administration.

The SNP celebrate with Cllr Joe Wallace (centre)

SNP back on top but not in control at Midlothian Council

The SNP is now the largest party at Midlothian Council after its candidate Joe Wallace won the Penicuik by-election last week.


SNP win crucial Penicuik vote

The SNP is now the largest party at Midlothian Council after its candidate Joe Wallace won the Penicuik by-election today.

Midlothian Council Debating chamber at Midlothian House, Buccleuch St in Dalkeith

By-election vote takes place today

Penicuik goes to the polls today (Thursday) in a council by-election which could see a change of administration at Midlothian Council.

Danielle Rowley MP

Local MP calls for younger voter equality across the UK

Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley has called for votes for 16 and 17-year-olds in Scottish elections to be extended across the UK.

Jeremy Balfour at Lasswade High School

MSP goes back to the classroom for Q&A

Conservative Lothian List MSP Jeremy Balfour was in Midlothian last week visiting two education facilities.

Green candidate for Penicuik by-election, Helen Armstrong.

Green candidate unveiled for local council by-election

Midlothian Green Party members have announced the selection of Helen Armstrong as their candidate to contest the Penicuik by-election on March 22.

Provost Adam Montgomery, who passed away last month aged 67.

Candidates revealed for council by-election

The candidates for the forthcoming Penicuik by-election to replace Provost Adam Montgomery, who died last month, have been revealed.

Dalkeith councillor Margot Russell (Lab)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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