In the haze of another general election, it is easy to forget that Edinburgh held it’s city council elections less than a month ago. Changes to constituency boundaries mean that many Tollcross residents have 4 new councillors. Over the next few months, TCAN will be talking to each of the people who represent you about our work and plans for our community hub. If you have questions you would like us to ask them, get in touch with us on or tweet us @TCAN_Edinburgh. In this blog we introduce each of the councillors and how you can contact them.

Karen Doran
Karen Doran is your Labour councillor and has lived in Edinburgh all her life, some that time in Tollcross where she went to primary school. She was first elected as a councillor in 2012 after having worked as the office manager of a labour MP and MSP. The labour party pledged to deliver a breakfast club at every school who wanted one, increase funding for potholes and roads and make parking more flexible for residents

Karen’s surgery times are: 5pm on the first Monday of each month in Edinburgh City Chambers. Her email is and she regularly tweets from @karendoran3

Claire Miller

Claire is a newly elected Green Party councillor. Previously a Community Councillor, for New Town and Broughton, she has volunteered for groups such as the Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust who are about to open a new community centre. During the election Claire spoke about priorities such as housing and homelessness, green spaces and safer cycling in the city centre. Claire can be contacted at and @clairehimiller

Joanna Mowat

Joanna Mowat is a Conservative Party councillor. She has been a councillor for a number of years previously in the city centre ward. In the election, the conservatives said their priorities would include: housing, improving roads and pavements and improving waste collection. like many of our politicians, Jo is a very keen tweeter. You can follow her views on all sorts of local issues @jomowat

Alasdair Rankin

Alasdair is your SNP Councillor and was first elected in 2011. He is the Convener of the Finance and resource committee who are responsible for setting the budget of the council. The SNP manifesto promised to expand the amount of money which communities themselves decide how to spend, address congestion and build new affordable and social houses. Alasdair is available to contact at