SNP's Marie Penman wins Fife council by-election
An SNP candidate has won a council by-election in Fife.
Marie Penman won the seat in Kirkcaldy East by 372 votes. Labour were second and the Conservatives a distant third.
The council seat is within former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Westminster constituency.
Ms Penman said: "It is a huge privilege to be elected as the SNP councillor for Kirkcaldy East ward. I am delighted at the overwhelming support of the communities here."
She added: "I pledge to repay their trust by working hard for this area over the coming months and years.
"There are a number of significant challenges facing the communities here and residents can rest assured that I will give nothing less than my absolute best in pursuit of a better future for this area."
The by-election was called following the resignation of former SNP councillor Arthur Morrison, after newspapers revealed he received his £16,000 salary while living in Austria.
At the council elections in 2012, Mr Morrison finished third in the multi-member ward behind Labour councillors Lawrence Brown and Kay Carrington.
Councillor Douglas Chapman, the SNP representative for Rosyth, said: "This SNP victory in Gordon Brown's backyard will chill Labour to the core across Scotland."
|Candidate||Party||Votes||Per cent of votes|
|Liz Easton||Scottish Labour||1088||35.3%|
|Edgar Cook||Scottish Conservative||223||7.2%|
|Claire Reid||Scottish Green||126||4.1%|
|Callum Leslie||Scottish Liberal Democrats||40||1.3%|
|Total Number of Valid Votes - 3085|
|Turnout - 27.27%|