City leader to take six weeks’ leave to adopt
● SNP’S Mcvey and his partner to ‘become dads for the first time’
Edinburgh’s council leader is set to become the first authority boss to take adoption leave when he and his partner “become dads for the first time”. The council has announced that Adam Mcvey will will take a sixweek break from his council duties to look after two boys with his partner later this month.
Proposals to fill the role are to be discussed.
Edinburgh’s youngest ever council leader is set to become the first authority boss to take adoption leave when he and his partner “become dads for the first time”.
Councillor Adam Mcvey will welcome two boys with his partner this month and will take a six-week break from his council duties to look after the new arrivals.
The 32-year-old SNP councillor for Leith is thought to be the first council leader to take adoption leave.
He said: “I’m very excited that my family is expanding later this month as we become dads for the first time to two amazing boys.
“I’ll soon be taking adoption leave to start the hardest and most rewarding job I’ll ever have.”
No decision has been taken as to who will temporarily take over from Mr Mcvey but proposals will be tabled at the next meeting of the full council on 22 august and could involve an SNP councillor being given additional duties.
Mr Mcvey added: “I’m acutely aware of my duty to the people of Edinburgh and I look forward to returning to City Chambers to continue delivering the change our future generations demand of us.
“In the meantime I’ll be asking the council to approve cover arrangements while I’m on six weeks of adoption leave to cover my responsibilities.
“I’m confident our council can demonstrate that we can be a modern, normal workplace.
“I’d like to thank my colleagues, family and friends for their support as we enter this exciting new chapter of our lives.”
Mr Mcvey’s leave is set to begin on 23 August, with his six weeks away from the City Chambers ending on 7 October.
Depute council leader and Labour group leader Cammy Day welcomed the news.
He said: “I’m really pleased for Adam and his partner – it’s fantastic news.
“Local government in general should catch up and look at what Edinburgh is doing in being more progressive and leading the way for people to be able to do this more easily.
“I will be really pleased to take over the reins as depute leader for that period.”
Mr Mcvey, who is originally from Paisley, was first elected to the council in 2012 as SNP candidate for Leith – later becoming the vice convener of transport and environment.
He became the city’s youngest ever council leader in 2017 at the age of 30, after forging a coalition agreement with Mr Day.
Afer his successful election in 2012, Mr Mcvey said he had “accidentally” become a councillor.
He agreed to stand as the SNP’S second candidate in the Leith ward, not expecting to win a seat.
But the council’s single transferable vote system saw him elected while his party colleague, the then Deputy Lord Provost Rob Munn, lost out.
Mr Munn was re-elected to the council earlier this year in a by-election for the Leith Walk ward.
Mr Mcvey has worked for the Edinburgh Fringe and Amnesty International and is a St Mirren fan.
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