The Scottish Nationalists are once again celebrating in Fife having convincingly won the Glenrothes West and Kinglassie by-election.
SNP candidate Julie Ford secured 2235 votes -just short of 59 per cent of the votes cast with Labour’s Alan Seath running in second place with 1207 votes.
With a dismal turnout of just 27.1 per cent, returning officer Steve Grimmond announced the result to loud cheers from the SNP support.
Following the announcement, the newly elected councillor for ward 14, 23-year-old Julie Ford, said the electorate has once again shown they trusted the SNP message.
“The public were willing to discuss issues and clearly agreed with our positive stance on education and fighting poverty, I relish the chance to be able to serve on their behalf and wholeheartedly thank them for putting their trust in me to be their councillor,” she said.
Those behind the Labour campaign had hoped to close the gap following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as party leader, but it was to no avail.
Glenrothes councillor Altany Craig said the night had been a disappointing one adding that Labour had to now work to break the apathy shown by the electorate where more than seven out of ten voters did not bother to vote.
Result in full
Julie Ford (SNP) 2235
Alan Seath (Lab) 1207
Jonathan Gray (CON) 234
Lorna Ross (GREEN) 113
Full report and reaction to follow.