In a record breaking year a new record was set by the SNP in the by-election brought about by the election of John McNally to Westminster. Popular local candidate, Paul Garner secured a staggering 69.1% of the votes cast, 2576 in total with the Labour candidate Alex Bell coming second with 549, the Tories on 431 and the Greens coming in last with 170 votes.
Although the Labour Party had disowned their candidate, by polling day over 1000 voters had already cast their vote by post and the official Labour emblem and party name still were still on the ballot paper.
The SNP share of the vote is believed to be the highest recorded by the party in any election although this is being researched at the moment.
In a magnanimous victory speech Paul paid tribute to the dozens of SNP activists and pledged to fight for the best interests of the community who elected him so decisively.
A contented SNP Group Leader, Cllr Cecil Meiklejohn who chaired the campaign committee welcomed Councillor Garner to the SNP Group on Falkirk Council and predicted the new member for Denny and Banknock would make a significant impact on the council.
The SNP also won the other council poll held on the same day in Wishaw with an excellent 51% of the first preference vote.