Date set for Midlothian East by-election

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Thursday, November 27, has been set as the date for the Midlothian East by-election, with five candidates so far throwing their hat into the ring.

The by-election was called following the resignation of Councillor Peter Boyes (Ind) back in August.

Checking figures by SNP counters at the council election in 2012

Checking figures by SNP counters at the council election in 2012

The former Labour councillor stepped down due to ill health aged 68, after serving his community for 44 years.

The SNP won the council election back in May 2012, the first time they had held power in traditionally Labour-controlled Midlothian.

Further prospective candidates to replace Mr Boyes have until October 27 to register with Midlothian Council.

As previously reported in the Advertiser, Bill Kerr-Smith has announced he will stand for the Green Party and Kenny Young for Labour.

Colin Cassidy has been announced as the SNP candidate, Euan Davidson for the Lib Dems and Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council chairman Robert Hogg has announced he will stand as an independent candidate. Mr Hogg reveals why he is standing in the video above.

They will all be hoping to join councillors Lisa Beattie (SNP) and Peter De Vink (Ind) in representing the ward which covers Mayfield, Easthouses, Eskbank and Pathhead.

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