SNP success continues with by-election win
Friday, 10 June 2011 16:47
58% of voters back SNP
The SNP last night won the Bo’ness and Blackness by-election in Falkirk with 58% of the vote.
The by-election followed the death of SNP Councillor John Constable.
Newly elected SNP Councillor Sandy Turner, a Falklands Veteran, secured a 10% increase in the SNP’s share of the vote and won nearly twice as many votes as the Labour candidate who secured only 32% of the vote.
SNP MSP for Falkirk East Cllr Angus MacDonald said:
“This victory is a fitting tribute to John Constable.
“The scale of this success shows the SNP’s momentum continues from May’s historic election and is a clear sign that voters across Falkirk support the SNP to make Scotland better.
“Sandy Turner follows in some big footsteps but I know he will make an excellent Councillor for Bo’ness and Blackness.”
The result was as follows:
Lab 893 – 32%
Ind 59 – 2.1%
Con 231 - 8.2%
SNP 1621 – 58%
SNP momentum continues with by-election results
Large swing to SNP in local authority elections
The momentum behind the SNP has continued to grow since the party’s historic victory in the Scottish Parliament elections last month with voters backing SNP candidates in recent by-elections across Scotland.
Three by-elections have taken place since the May 5th poll, all of which have seen large swings to the party and the SNP lead increase over all three opposition parties.
An analysis of the by-elections which have taken place in Falkirk, Aberdeen and Highland Local Authorities show huge swings of 8.4% from Labour, 8.1 from the Conservatives and an astonishing 10.10% from the Liberal Democrats.
SNP candidates won both the Falkirk and Aberdeen by-elections and secured more first preference votes than any other candidate in the Tain by-election in Highland.
The results also show that SNP support is up almost 14% since the last Local Authority Elections.
Welcoming the news SNP Campaign Director Angus Robertson MP said:
“These are excellent results for the SNP and shows that the momentum is continuing to grow since our victory on May 5th.
“Our positive message and positive vision for the future has been backed by people across Scotland. The electorate have chosen to put faith and trust into the SNP because the SNP has faith and trust in them.
“The reality is that people like what they get from the SNP. In local communities and across the country we have delivered on the issues that matter to people - support for the economy and jobs, free prescriptions, 1000 extra police and a council tax freeze – real action with real results.
“With the local authority elections taking place in less than twelve months the support of the public for SNP councillors and candidates is a very encouraging sign.
“In Government and in Councils we will continue to work hard to make Scotland better and repay the trust given to us.