Last week Midlothian sadly lost our Provost Adam Montgomery. Adam was passionate about community and was compassionate and supportive to many people in Midlothian, and a good friend to me. Adam epitomised what it means to be a community minded politician, someone who didn’t shy away from campaigning on an issue when needed, and always had time to listen to people and communities.
I witnessed his commitment to community first hand when we visited Glencorse Barracks for the family Christmas party, an event he was very proud to take part in.
Like Adam, I love interacting with our strong communities and groups, and in 2018 I will continue to work closely and make new bonds with all communities in Midlothian. I have often talked about the strength of community spirit, and coming together in times of hardship. We do this in times of grief, and when our communities feel attacked. We come together and fight, but also to look after each other – good old Scottish compassion. In these modern times, we must not lose sight of that. So in 2018, let us all be more like Adam. Let’s go out of our way to help others and show kindness.
I will be making sure compassion is at the heart of my office. In 2018 my staff and I will build on the hard work done in 2017. I will hold more surgeries, campaign harder against Tory cuts and policies that are harming people in Midlothian, and I will continue to listen to the views and concerns of people right across Midlothian. I want a strong local economy, better and more secure jobs and a thriving community that we can be proud of.
I will work hard to make 2018 a year of positivity, hope and progress for everyone in Midlothian.