New leader elected for Midlothian Council
A new leader and depute leader have been elected for Midlothian Council.
Bob Constable is now the leader, with Owen Thompson the deputy following a meeting of the SNP-independent controlled council in Dalkeith.
It follows the resignation of Lisa Beattie, 59, who served just eight weeks as leader. There were claims of a rebellion within her SNP group.
Ms Beattie, who was appointed on 22 May and is understood to have been forced to resign, left last Tuesday.
Mr Constable said: "I feel very privileged to have been elected to the leadership of this historic council.
"I shall endeavour to the best of my abilities to justify the trust placed in me.
"I intend my leadership to be inclusive across the political divide and will always listen to ideas and suggestions wherever they come from."
Mr Thompson said: "I have worked with Bob for a number of years now and relish the opportunity for us to take forward the policy agenda our party set out in May's election.
"Bob and I are looking forward to the challenges we will face in moving the council forward."