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Dumfries and West
By election results

THE Conservatives have scooped another council seat after winning a by-election in the region last week.

Richard Marsh was successful in the ballot for the Galloway and Wigtown West seat and secured 1787 votes.

In second place was Ian Gibson for the SNP with 879; then John McCutcheon for Labour with 326; Lib Dem candidate Iain McDonald got 190 votes; and there was 172 for Daniel Hooper-Jones, Green.

Voter turnout was just 30 per cent.

Dumfries and Galloway Conservative and Unionist Council Group leader, Councillor Gail Macgregor congratulated Mr Marsh on his ‘resounding win’ in what had been a Labour held seat.

And she claimed the result underlined that election contests locally are now a straight choice between the Conservatives and the SNP.

Mrs Macgregor said: “This is a fantastic result for Richard Marsh who I know will be a hard-working representative for people in Mid Galloway and Wigtown West. I very much look forward to welcoming Richard to our vibrant and talented group on the Council. Richard brings with him invaluable knowledge of the area and I know will work tirelessly to help improve the lives of people in his ward as well as across Dumfries and Galloway.

“We continue to be the largest group on the Council and I’m delighted to have a 17 strong dynamic team. Labour have dwindled to a mere eight councillors and are simply now clinging onto power in this SNP/Lab/Ind coalition. The Scottish Conservative vote rose by three per cent.”


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