City leader to take six weeks’ leave to adopt

● SNP’S Mcvey and his part­ner to ‘be­come dads for the first time’

The Scotsman - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID BOL

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.

0 Adam Mcvey: ‘I’m acutely aware of my duty to the peo­ple of Ed­in­burgh’

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