Five candidates for Midlothian East

Owen Thompson MP is leading a drive to bring free government support to more local firms in Midlothian.

Midlothian Council has been able to lease more electric vehicles to add to its green fleet due to a Scottish Government grant of £45,600.

A number of local improvement projects in Midlothian have been given the go-ahead with funding from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Capital Fund.

Every school age pupil in the county is to receive a learning device such as an iPad or Google Chromebook as part of Midlothian Council’s £10.5 million investment in digital learning.

A councillor spoke of his shock at realising he could have been “born from slaves” after researching his family history in Midlothian.

Ambitious budget proposals aimed at “leading the way out of the pandemic” have been unanimously approved by Midlothian Council.

Council tax will be frozen and rent increases postponed for the coming year in Midlothian.

The Covid vaccine rollout across the Lothians remains slower than the rest of the country although it is gathering pace, according to latest figures.