South Scotland

Conservatives win Annandale North by-election

Douglas Fairbairn Image copyright Scottish Conservatives
Image caption Douglas Fairbairn, right, won the seat for the Conservatives

Conservative Douglas Fairbairn has won a by-election for a vacant seat on Dumfries and Galloway Council.

He saw off the challenge of the SNP's Sylvia Moffat, Adam Wilson for Labour and Chris Ballance of the Green Party in the Annandale North ward.

Graeme Tait, who switched to Labour after being elected as a Conservative, resigned his post earlier this year resulting in the by-election.

Mr Fairburn takes Conservative numbers to nine on the 47-member council.

He was elected at stage one of the count with the following votes for each candidate:

  • Douglas Fairbairn 2,041
  • Sylvia Moffat 749
  • Adam Wilson 611
  • Chris Ballance 152

The votes were counted at Lockerbie Town Hall.

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