Former leader of Midlothian Council explains his decision to step down

After announcing his resignation as council leader, councillor Bob Constable (SNP) met with the Advertiser to discuss his 18-month tenure.

The outgoing leader, who has been replaced by Councillor Owen Thompson (SNP), spoke of the SNP-led coalition’s various achievements while he was in charge.

He said: “It’s been a very enjoyable career, being leader of the council. We have achieved so much – we have opened Lasswade High School and Burnbrae Primary School, we have frozen the council tax for two years, we’ve brought forward our manifesto of commitments of ‘no compulsory redundancies’ and the Living Wage for all council staff, and the 600 hours nursery care [increase from 450 hours].

“At my time of life it’s time to pass on the baton. I intend to stay in the administration, but in a slightly less demanding role.”