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Edinburgh Live
Claire Galloway

Midlothian Council's fury at finding out lockdown level from Nicola Sturgeon's speech

Midlothian Council have hit out at the Scottish Government who failed to "officially inform" the local authority leaders that the area would remain in level three lockdown.

Taking to social media, Midlothian Council Leader Derek Milligan has said the announced makes no sense at that they are “devastated” to be remaining in level three.

A post from the council read: "Midlothian has a rate of only 79 cases per 100,000 compared to others who have just been moved from level 4 to 3 with more than 150 cases per 100,000."

Meanwhile, Mr Milligan and Councillor Russell Imrie said: “We have been fighting hard for Midlothian to move into level two and today’s announcement makes no sense at all.

"It was not what we were expecting.

"To top it all, we were not informed officially and only found out by listening to the First Minister’s speech in Parliament.

"Clearly partnership working has not happened on this occasion. Our businesses and communities have worked hard to abide by the measures in place to help drive down the pace of this virus.

"To now be told that we are remaining in level 3 is devastating news for them.”

It comes as Edinburgh locals and politicians expressed outraged at the being city "stuck" in level three, while level four areas were o be moved down a tier.

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Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Willie Rennie: "People have been told that if they do the right and infections fell enough and that there was enough hospital capacity that the restrictions would be eased.

"But several councils councils have lower infections but are still stuck in higher levels.

Nicola Sturgeon has defended the decision and said: “We are dealing with an infectious and unpredictable virus [...] we have to remain flexible."

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