Fife by-election: Conservatives win Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay

The Conservative candidate, Dave Coleman, won the by-election.
The Conservative candidate, Dave Coleman, won the by-election.

It was a close night in the Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay by-election, and it very quickly became a two-horse race.

Conservative candidate Dave Coleman and the Scottish National Party’s Neale Hanvey were front-runners for most of the night, but it was Dave Coleman who was elected as the newest councillor for the ward.

Mr Coleman said: “I feel relieved that the whole process is over. It was a bit nerve-wracking.

“The first thing I should say is thanks to our returning officer and campaign team and the other candidates who took part.

“It was a good campaign, and I am honoured and proud to serve the communities of ward six.”

Mr Coleman has lived locally for over 30 years and said he is looking forward to his new venture.

He will join the SNP’s John Barratt and Alice McGarry, as well as Conservative Dave Dempsey, as representatives for ward six.

The by-election came as a result of Labour’s Lesley Laird resigning following her election as MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.

There was a 43.1% turnout for the Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay by-election, down from 54.3% at last year’s local government election.

A total of 6,191 votes were cast, 2,309 of which were first-preference ones for the Conservatives. The SNP followed in second place with 1,741, and Labour came third with 744.

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