Alex Cole-Hamilton, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and MSP for Edinburgh Western has today congratulated Councillor Robert Aldridge on being appointed as Lord Provost of Edinburgh.
Councillor Aldridge has served on City of Edinburgh council for 38 years, including a stint as Environment Leader between 2007 and 2012.
He is a former Chief Executive of a national homelessness charity, the Scottish Council for Single Homeless, and former president of the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless.
It is believed that he will also be the City’s first openly gay Lord Provost.
Cllr Aldridge said:
“I’d like to thank everyone who nominated me to take on this role, I feel really honoured.
“Most of all though, I want to acknowledge the voters who put me here, and all the folk who deliver the leaflets and knock on doors to make it possible. I always feel like we get the glory, but they do the hard work that gets us here.
“I’m looking forward to starting in this new role and I promise to serve everyone in the City, no matter who they voted for, to the very best of my abilities.”
Responding to the news, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
“Over the past 38 years, Robert has been a wonderful servant to the people who have repeatedly put their trust in him. Not only has he served tirelessly on the council, including a stint in administration, but he has never lost touch with the local people he is there to serve.
“Speak to the people of Drum Brae and Gyle and it is remarkable how many will tell you they’re on first name terms with him. That spirit of localism, along with his tireless work helping to tackle homelessness and protect the environment, makes him someone Liberal Democrats are immensely proud to call our own and someone I am proud to call my friend.
“I’m certain he’ll make an excellent Lord Provost and celebrate him becoming the first openly gay person to take up the role.”