For the very first Scottish election of the decade, we were down in Dumfries and Galloway. The stonking Conservative figure means this is the first single-seat by-election since Ballot Box Scotland launched two years ago where the winner did so on first preferences.
With the General Election out of the way and Christmas looming, it’s time for Ballot Box Scotland to neatly wrap up the year’s council by-elections.
For something a bit less numerically minded today, let’s look at one of the common consequences of parliamentary elections – council by-elections.
We bring our busy November to a close with two by-elections in the former Grampian (gone but not forgotten) region. With the general election looming ever closer, I again remind folk that these are not predictive of results for MP seats that could see turnout twice as high.
November’s flurry of council by-elections hit its peak this week, with three by-elections. With a General Election looming, I remind readers not to hook too many theories about the national situation on the shoogly peg of a handful of local by-elections.
Everyone may be focused on the Westminster General Election right now, but local democracy stops for nothing. For people desperate to foolishly attempt to read national runes from local by-elections, Shetland Islands Council’s Independent tendencies are going to leave you pretty disappointed.
The next in our sudden spate of by-elections is up in Moray, where Independent Councillor for the Keith and Cullen Ward Ron Shepherd has announced his resignation. Shepherd has served a solid two decades on the council, having originally been elected in 1999.