Cabinet axe for ex-leader

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The former leader of Midlothian Council has been ousted from the cabinet following a reshuffle.

Councillor Lisa Beattie has been relieved of her position as spokeswoman for education and communities, a role she had carried on after resigning as leader just five weeks in to her post in June 2012.

It follows a reshuffle by the new cabinet leader, Councillor Owen Thompson.

Councillor Thompson said: “These changes are a refresh to our cabinet, as is perfectly normal when a new leader takes over.

“I would thank all members of the group for the work they have done and continue to do.”

Councillor Beattie had previously removed Councillor Thompson from the Cabinet when she became the leader of the SNP led council, immediately after he had led the party to their first ever council election win in Midlothian.