Midlothian set to fall to the SNP
MIDLOTHIAN SET TO FALL TO THE SNP
PARTY ON COURSE TO SECURE HISTORIC COALITION
LABOUR IN POWER SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL
The SNP is on course to form an historic coalition administration in Midlothian, following its result in Thursday’s election where it achieved the same number of councillors as the Labour Party.
SNP Group Leader Lisa Beattie has confirmed that Independent Peter De Vink is willing to enter into a formal coalition with the 8 Nationalist councillors, as the first step to forming an administration.
This would be the first time in living memory that Midlothian has been run by anyone other than the Labour party, who have been in power in some shape or form for 84 years.
Commenting, Cllr Beattie said:
“This is a landmark result for Midlothian, where Labour have been in power since time immemorial. Our positive campaign and vision for Midlothian has put us into the driving seat in a way that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.
“For a long time the SNP had no presence at all in one of Labour’s traditional mining heartlands – now we have drawn level with them.
“We are very willing to work with others for the benefit of Midlothian.
“I am absolutely delighted to be in this position – we will work to give the people of Midlothian the council that they deserve.”