ON 22ND MARCH VOTE SNP VOTE JOE WALLACE 1
ONLY THE SNP CAN BEAT THE TORIES IN PENICUIK
The council elections last year were close. The SNP gained more first preference votes than any other party. The Tories can second beating Labour into third place. Only the SNP can beat the Tories.
Now the Tories are bidding to elect another councillor in Penicuik and hold the balance of power and control of Midlothian Council.
Penicuik SNP Councillor Debbi McCall commented “It is unthinkable that residents of Penicuik get another Tory councillor. The present one is invisible, hardly involved in Council business and most residents have no idea of his name! Furthermore, he does not attend Community Council meetings in either Penicuik or Howgate and apart from one appearance has only been to one meeting to do with Penicuik Town Centre Businesses and Regeneration. It was mentioned in his election address that he would work with the community to encourage new businesses in the town centre.
MIDLOTHIAN GETS EXTRA FUNDING FROM THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT
Your local MSP Christine Grahame welcomed the announcement of extra cash for Midlothian in the Scottish budget.
Christine said, “it is a big advantage being your SNP MSP and being able to discuss items with the Government Finance minister”.
Midlothian will get an extra £2.63 million now the budget has been passed in the Scottish parliament. Labour voted with the Tories against the budget and therefore against the extra funding for Midlothian.
LABOUR VOTED WITH TORIES
Christine also said “I couldn’t believe it when Labour lined up to vote with the Tories against more cast for councils, the NHS and Education. They also voted against pay rises for public sector workers. How they have changed from what Labour used to stand for”.
SNP COUNCILLORS CALL ON LABOUR TO RETHINK SLASHING MIDLOTHIAN EDUCATION BUDGETS
Ahead of the Midlothian budget on Tuesday, SNP Councillors have called on Labour and Tory Councillors to rethink scrapping key education budgets and to reinvest additional Scottish Government funding back into Midlothian.
Midlothian Council will receive an extra £2.630M funding under the revised budget proposals unveiled by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay.
However, the Midlothian Labour Administration have published plans to scrap learning assistants, put up the price of school meals, cut teacher numbers and scrap free music tuition.
The budget boost comes as the Scottish Government confirmed that Local government will receive an above-inflation increase in resource funding.
SNP Shadow Education Spokesperson, Cllr Kenneth Baird, said: “At the budget meeting Councillors will decide the fate of vital services and funding across Midlothian, with the potential to negatively impact our children’s education.”
“SNP Councillors were elected last May on a manifesto commitment to fight for investment into public services – including our schools and our children – and we are determined to do just that.”
“The SNP has put forward a solid alternative proposal that priorities education in Midlothian. We are urging all Midlothian Councillors to follow our lead and commit to doing the same.”
JOE WALLACE CHOSEN AS SNP CANDIDATE FOR PENICUIK BY-ELECTION
Penicuik Branch SNP are pleased to announce that Joe Wallace was unanimously adopted as our Candidate for the Penicuik Ward 1 by-election to be held on Thursday 22nd March.
Joe stated that he was delighted to receive the support of local SNP members and will work with his SNP Group colleagues to oppose the damaging cuts proposed by Midlothian’s Labour Administration backed by their Tory colleagues.
SNP COUNCILLORS CALL TO RETAIN, REFURBISH AND EXTEND BELLMAN’S ROAD RECYCLING CENTRE
Our candidate Joe Wallace along with Councillor Debbi McCall continue to be concerned about the future of the Penicuik Recycling Centre. The Labour Group have said that they support retaining the Recycling Centre for the present. That is no guarantee that the Centre will not be up for closure next year.
The SNP Group support the retention, refurbishment and extension of the Centre which will commit to its long-term future. This will give the Penicuik and District Community the facility the largest town in Midlothian deserves.
The Tory Group now want to close the public toilets in Midlothian and replace them with the continental style metal ones that are unsuitable for people with disabilities and which require payment to enter. If you have no change on your person at the time you need to use the facility then tough.
The Labour Group need Tory support to remain in administration so there is no guarantee that this will not go ahead.