The SNP is welcoming a double by-election victory – as the party gained a seat from Labour in the Elgin City North ward, after winning in South Kintyre with a record 35 per cent swing as the Tory vote collapsed.
The Elgin by-election – called as a result of the resignation of the sitting Labour councillor – saw the SNP vote reach more than 55 per cent and the Labour vote halving since 2012.
The result in Elgin comes in the aftermath of the “overwhelming” by-election victory in South Kintyre – which saw a massive 35 per cent swing from the Tories to the SNP, a record in recent electoral history.
Commenting, newly elected Elgin City North councillor Kirsty Reid said:
“I am absolutely delighted to have been elected to represent our community – and I am so grateful to local residents for placing their trust in me and to the Elgin SNP team for all their support.
“I cast my first ever vote in the independence referendum – and was one of the thousands of people who were inspired to get involved in politics for the first time and to join the SNP afterwards.
“As someone who was previously completely disengaged with politics, I hope I can use my experience to provide a fresh perspective in the council – and encourage more local people to get active in politics and to join the growing ranks of the SNP.”
Moray MSP Richard Lochhead said:
“Kirsty will be a fantastic local councillor – and as a new member of the SNP is a great example of the new spirit of democratic engagement unleashed in Scotland in recent months.
“Today’s result will also be a real blow to Labour as it loses one of its few remaining council seats in Moray – with support for the party falling by half since 2012“
It’s clear that traditional Labour voters in Elgin and across Scotland haven’t forgotten or forgiven the party leadership’s decision to campaign shoulder to shoulder with the Tories in the referendum – and Labour are paying the price for that now.”
Local MP and SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson added:
“This is yet another excellent by-election result for the SNP – mirroring other such victories across Scotland. Both the Moray and Argyll results show that No voting areas, as well as Yes, are enthusiastically voting SNP.
“With strong results for the SNP across the country – and collapsing support for both Labour and the Tories in these by-elections – it’s clearer than ever that the SNP is an very strong position as we approach next year’s General Election, while trust in the Westminster parties is at rock bottom.”
The final result in the Elgin City North Ward was:
Details of the South Kintyre by-election are below
|By-Election by Main Parties – 1st Prefs|
|Labour to SNP||13.4%|
|Tory to SNP||34.8%|
|LD to SNP||18.6%|