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.
It wasn’t enough just for Shetland to give us double dunter by-elections this year, as Fife has also swooped in with plans to hold two by-elections at once – also in neighbouring wards.
Inverness Central’s SNP councillor Richard Laird is standing down due to ill-health, having served as a councillor since 2012.