Councillor Young decides not to stand again

Wednesday November 16th 2016

Kenny Young

Councillor Kenny Young, Midlothian East

Labour Councillor Kenny Young, Midlothian East, has decided not to stand for re-election in May 2017. In an open letter to his constituents he said

“I was extremely humbled by your support when I became a councillor for my home area. I have hugely enjoyed my time on the Council so far, and I hope I’ve made a positive difference.

“Last summer, I began combining my role as a councillor with studying law at Edinburgh University. This worked well, since I could be flexible around my studies and put my council duties first when required. However, my training will shortly become a full-time commitment. I cannot honestly say that I could balance this with doing a good job as your councillor, so I don’t think that it’s right to put myself forward.

“During my time on the council so far, I have enjoyed working with those from different political parties, and none, as well as with my colleagues on the Labour side of the Chamber. There are kind, committed people on all sides in local politics. However, one of the main lessons from my time in office has been to appreciate just how important it is that Scotland becomes a normal country again, with a normal political environment, focussed on people’s lives.

“The (still) ongoing campaign to split up the UK completely dominates the political landscape, blocks out vitally important debates, and distracts too many politicians in Holyrood from the job they are there to do for us. It’s time to move on for the good of everyone.

“Most importantly, I want to thank the residents of our ward for their support since, and before, I was elected. I am not going anywhere immediately, so – as always – please let me know if I can help with any local issues.

“See you around.


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