Scotland politics

SNP takes seat in Argyll and Bute Council by-election

Kilmory Castle Image copyright PAtrick Mackie
Image caption Argyll and Bute Council is headquartered at Kilmory Castle

The SNP has gained a seat on Argyll and Bute Council following a by-election.

The contest in the Oban North and Lorn constituency was triggered after independent councillor Duncan McIntyre resigned due to ill-health in December.

The SNP's Julie McKenzie won the seat with 1,113 first-preference votes.

Andrew Vennard of the Conservatives came second with 609 first-preference votes, with independent candidate Kieron Green one vote behind in third. Turnout was 33.84%.

The council is controlled by a coalition of independents, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

SNP business convener Derek Mackay hailed a "fantastic result", adding: "This is the latest evidence that the party's extraordinary success continues - marking the 27th win for the SNP in the 30 by-elections that have been held since May 2015."

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said she was pleased to see the Tory vote up by 14.1% in the election.

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