Friday, May 20, 2011
SNP Candidate Neil MacGregor secures landslide victory in Aberdeen completely crushing Labour opposition, 2,090 first preference votes to 941
The SNP has received some good news on the by-election scene with Neil MacGregor securing a convincing by-election win following the death of a long-serving Aberdeen councillor.
Neil MacGregor triumphed by getting 2,090 first preference votes, ahead of Labour's Graeme Lawrence with 941.
The by-election held after the the death of Ron Clark, the Lib Dem representative for Dyce, Bucksburn and Danestone.
And sincere condolences to his family for their loss at this tragic time!
Mr Clark had been in public service for more than 30 years.
His death prompted tributes from all parties reflecting his contribution to local politics.
As the front two battled it out in the polls they were followed by Lib Dem Kristian Chapman who managed 446, Ross Thomson (Scottish Conservative) with 352, Independent Angela Joss with 150, and Green Rhonda Reekie with 88.
Turnout was poor at 29.5%.
The win was another convincing landslide towards the SNP and follows on from their successful win at Holyrood.
After that election there are 22 possible by-elections as some MSPs have a dual mandate.
Whether they will stand down remains to be seen at this time but there is speculation that some will hang on until the Council elections of 2012.
Effectively being part time councillors and part time MSPs, this is an untenable position in my opinion.
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