South Scotland

Hawick and Denholm by-election goes to independent

Watson McAteer Image copyright Scottish Borders Council
Image caption Watson McAteer was elected as a councillor for the Hawick and Denholm ward

An independent candidate has won a by-election on Scottish Borders Council to replace former Hawick provost Zandra Elliot who died earlier this year.

Watson McAteer has been returned as a councillor for the Hawick and Denholm ward.

Seven candidates - four independents and one each for the SNP, Conservatives and Lib Dems - stood for election.

The overall turnout was 39.25%. Returning officer Tracey Logan said the count had run "very smoothly".

Mr McAteer was elected at the seventh stage of the counting process.

A full breakdown of the result is available on the council's website.

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