New Leader for Edinburgh
Posted by chdot on August 22, 2006
Tonight City of Edinburgh Council‘s Labour Group elected Councillor Rev. Ewan Aitken as its new Leader. On Thursday at the Full Council Meeting he will become The Leader of the Council – the political ‘boss’ in the City.
Cllr. Aitken has been Executive Member for Education in recent years. He is particularly interested in young people and social justice. He has been an enthusiastic support of plans (still at an embryonic stage) for cycle projects in the east of Edinburgh suggested by TryCycling in Edinburgh. Some information at CraigmillarCycles.info
On Newsnight Scotland he said he intends to be ‘out and about’ asking people want they want for the “best small city on the planet”. Interviewer Gordon Brewer pointed out that some recent policies, for instance the proposals for Congestion Charging, had been less than successful. Councillor Aitken said that when he talked to people about congestion they agreed it was a problem. He said that one of the issues was that people had been presented with “management speak” solutions and that they had not been involved in the process early enough .
He will hold the post until the election next May when it is almost certain that Labour will lose overall control in Edinburgh. Votes will be cast under the proportional representation system for the first time for local authority elections in Scotland.
Councillor Aitken now has his own blog.