Midlothian’s new Provost and Council Leader elected

Tuesday May 24th 2022


Midlothian Council's new Provost Debbi McCall and Council Leader Kelly Parry.

Written by Midlothian View Editor, Phil Bowen

SNP Councillor Debbi McCall has been elected unanimously as the new Midlothian Council Provost. She was nominated for the position by SNP group Leader, Kelly Parry, and seconded by Labour Leader Derek Milligan.

The new Provost was congratulated by outgoing Provost Peter Smaill, who likewise thanked him for his contribution over the last few years.

In congratulating Councillor McCall on her election Councillor Parry thanked both the Labour and Conservative councillors for their support and for working collegiately over the last few weeks.

Councillor Parry was also elected as the new Council Leader. Colin Cassidy was elected Deputy Council Leader. Connor McManus was elected as Deputy Provost.

On acceptance the new Council Leader paid tribute to outgoing Council Leader Derek Milligan and “his absolute dedication” which she said she hoped to live up to.

Derek Milligan then congratulated councillor Parry and said that he was looking forward to working cross-party and would not be using the term “opposition” as he said that all parties needed to continue to work together over the next five years.

Provost McCall made the point that it is probably unique in Scotland that Midlothian Council now has a female Provost, Council Leader, Chief Executive and a gender balanced cabinet.

Once the positions were decided the first item of business was to congratulate Bonnyrigg Rose Football Club on their promotion to Scottish League Two and to ask council officers to meet with Bonnyrigg Rose to ask how the council can further support the club

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