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.
#20 – Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
#19 – Glasgow North
#18 – Edinburgh North and Leith
#17 – Central Ayrshire
During the count for May’s European Elections it became clear that count night needs more than one person on it. I’m therefore excited to announce I’m looking for people to join the Ballot Box Scotland Election Night Team.
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.
Panelbase took a little longer than YouGov to stir from their summer slumber, but came out with a shiny new poll just in time for a conference weekend.
Inverness Central’s SNP councillor Richard Laird is standing down due to ill-health, having served as a councillor since 2012.