Scotland politics

Labour gains North Lanarkshire Council seat from SNP

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Image caption The election to North Lanarkshire Council was triggered by Fulton MacGregor's election to Holyrood

Labour has gained a seat from the SNP on North Lanarkshire Council after a by-election.

Alex McVey took the Coatbridge North and Glenboig seat with 41.7% of first-preference votes, ahead of the SNP's 39%.

The vote was triggered by Fulton MacGregor's election to Holyrood for the SNP in May.

The Conservatives came third on 11.3%, ahead of the Greens on 6% and UKIP on 1.9%. Turnout was 23.67%.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said the result was a "loud and clear message from the people of Coatbridge to the SNP against cuts to local services".

Mr McVey added: "It's a great honour to represent my community, but we cannot go on with cuts to public services from the SNP government in Edinburgh."

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