News that the SNP have won the final council by-election of the term of office before next years council elections has been welcome by Falkirk Council’s SNP Group Leader and seen as a pointer to the May 2012 poll where the party hope to take back control of the local authority from the Labour / Tory Coalition in power at the moment.
The SNP gain in South Lanarkshire Council which, like Falkirk Council is run by a Labour / Tory coalition saw the election of John Menzies as Councillor for Hamilton West and Earnock.
Cllr Menzies who is a community psychiatric nurse secured 50% of the
vote to Labour’s 37% – winning on first preferences.
The seat was previously held by an independent councillor.
A delighted Falkirk Council SNP Leader, David Alexander said,
“The swing in these real polls is till very much towards the SNP as we see from Hamilton this week and that bodes well for next May.
All across Scotland the SNP are taking votes from all of the other parties as people compare our vision for our communities with the sterile politics of the Westminster parties.
Lets not forget that in the two Falkirk Council by-elections this term the SNP has romped home with 58% of the first preference votes in both
However, we can not nor will not be complacent, the people of Falkirk district have had five years of Labour and their Tory Coalition partners taking them for granted and the SNP will not fall into that trap ”
Results on first preferences from South Lanarkshire