Wed 15 Jun, 2022

I will continue to push for more openness, transparency and better representation in Council decision making Shona McIntosh

The Scottish Greens first representative on East Lothian Council has worked with councillors from other political parties to secure better representation on key Council Committees.

In discussions after the May 2022 poll, Cllr Shona McIntosh seconded an amendment which stopped the minority Labour administration from reducing the number of opposition members on the council's education and planning committees.

Greens also backed a decision to allow opposition councillors to 'call in' any paper due to be decided by the administration's cabinet for full Council decisions and for an overhaul of Standing Orders to ensure decision making becomes more representative of the wider electorate.

Shona McIntosh commented:

A key part of the East Lothian Greens manifesto was to improve local democracy and I’m pleased to have worked with other parties to bring this about. Over the next five years I will continue to push for more openness, transparency and better representation in Council decision making.

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