Souter to be Lord Provost of Edinburgh

TS EN Edinburgh Election 2012. 04/05/2012. The winning candidates for Sighthill/Gorgie. From left, Donald Wilson, Eric Milligan (both Labour), Denis Dixon (correct spelling), Catherine Fullerton (both SNP)
TS EN Edinburgh Election 2012. 04/05/2012. The winning candidates for Sighthill/Gorgie. From left, Donald Wilson, Eric Milligan (both Labour), Denis Dixon (correct spelling), Catherine Fullerton (both SNP)
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A SELKIRK man is to be installed as Lord Provost of Edinburgh today.

Donald Wilson was the sole nomination last week by the new Labour-SNP administration to run Edinburgh City Council to take on the role.

Mr Wilson, 52 has been a Labour Party councillor in the city since 1999, having lived in Edinburgh for about 30 years.

He was re-elected to represent the Sighthill and Gorgie ward at this month’s elections.

Mr Wilson studied sociology and politics at Stirling University before training as a teacher.

A computing teacher at Newbattle High School in Dalkeith, Mr Wilson has pledged to be a green Lord Provost – he has plans to use an eco-vehicle while carrying out his official duties.

Mr Wilson is expected to be named at this morning’s first meeting of the new Edinburgh Council in the City Chambers.

The Lord Provost is Edinburgh’s civic head, an office dating back to the 13th century. The equivalent position with Scottish Borders Council is convenor, a position held by Alasdair Hutton before he stepped down as a councillor.