Council portfolio appointments announced

Tuesday June 7th 2022


The new SNP Councillors in the Council Chamber. Back row from left to right: Douglas Bowen, Ellen Scott, Stuart McKenzie, Dianne Alexander and Colin Cassidy (Deputy Council Leader). Front row: Connor McManus (Deputy Provost), Debbi McCall (Provost) and Kelly Parry (Council Leader).

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

The SNP group has formed an administration to lead Midlothian Council.

The full list of portfolio appointments was announced today at the first Cabinet meeting after the election.

Appointed Council Leader at the full Council meeting on Tuesday 24 May, Councillor Kelly Parry will look after the finance and equalities portfolio.

Depute Council Leader Councillor Colin Cassidy has the health and wellbeing portfolio while Councillor Dianne Alexander takes on community facilities, climate change and the environment.

Councillor Ellen Scott has been appointed as the Cabinet member with responsibility for education, children and young people and Councillor Douglas Bowen is the portfolio holder for economic development, planning and transport.

Councillor Stuart McKenzie will take on Cabinet responsibilities for housing services, community safety and community empowerment.

At the full Council meeting on Tuesday 24 May, Councillor Debbi McCall became Midlothian’s first female provost and Councillor Connor McManus was appointed Depute Provost.

It is the first time in Midlothian’s history the Chief Executive, Council Leader and Provost roles are taken by women.

Council Leader Councillor Kelly Parry said: “We are honoured to lead Midlothian Council and we look forward to doing so in partnership – working with councillors from all parties, across the council workforce and with our communities and residents.

“There’s no doubt, as one of the fastest growing local authority areas in Scotland, challenges lie ahead that need to be addressed over the next five years.

“We are committed to addressing the inequalities our communities face and delivering our vision of being a great, green place to grow. We want to improve and strengthen community empowerment and have transparent governance and decision-making processes at the heart of how we do that.”

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