Midlothian has had a Unionist elected to a Parliament

Wednesday May 25th 2016

Jeremy Balfour MSP

Midlothian’s Conservative and Unionist Party members had something to celebrate at The Paper Mill, Lasswade, on the evening of Tuesday 24th May.

The new Chairman of the local party, Dalkeith resident Alan Symon, revealed that the election to the Scottish Parliament of their candidate in Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Jeremy Balfour, marked a historic breakthrough at the polls.

“This is the first time since 1935 that any part of Midlothian has had a Unionist elected to a Parliament.” said Symon. “A resurgent Tory vote (and the effect of the proportional list system) now means that one of our candidates has succeeded as a Lothians representative at Holyrood. Jeremy has years of experience as a Councillor and well understands the challenges facing Midlothian Council in the years ahead.”

“Our next challenge is to have Conservative councillors elected in 2017, who will focus on achieving better service levels and value for money at local level. Holding the SNP to account across the board remains our aim as the real opposition in Scotland.”

The new MSP, Jeremy Balfour, commented, for the vote to go up by 9% is a remarkable achievement. I look forward to helping as many people as I can over the next 5 years and encourage individuals and groups to get in touch.”

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