I can only apologise for the poor coverage over the weekend. I have been busy since last Wednesday for reasons that I wasn't expecting and so had not fully planned for! I'm aiming to get this show back on the road this week and hopefully we'll have a few exciting things to announce! Without further ado, here's Kristofer with last week's Scottish by-election result. TH
Last week's Scottish by-election saw a predictable SNP hold in the Highland ward of Perth and Kinross Council. They achieved quota in the first round, winning 54% of the first preference votes - a slight drop on 2007 and on the 2008 by-election in this same ward.
The other parties also saw small drops in their vote share, seemingly largely to the expense of the independent candidate William Leszke who took a sizeable 10% share of the first preference votes, while the other independent candidate Chris Rennie made a limited impact. The Lib Dems notably fared well, improving on their previous by-election result and nearly matching their 2007 first preferences result - an indication that the Lib Dems may still have a steady following in their northern heartlands around the Highlands.
The overall result suggests that the ward is on track to elect two SNP councillors and one Conservative councillor again at next year's all out elections, while the safe hold means that the council control remains unchanged as an SNP/Liberal Democrat coalition.
Perth and Kinross Council
Mike Williamson (E)