The SNP has won the Hillhead by-election in Glasgow after their candidate Ken Andrew won the seat by increasing the SNP share of the vote by 10 points.
The SNP won with 44% of the vote having received 32% of the vote on first preferences – a 4 per cent swing from Labour. The Lib Dems fell by 11% coming 5th behind the Greens and Tories.
The by-election was called following the death of SNP Councillor George Roberts, who was first elected to the Council in 2007.
Welcoming the result SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin Sandra White said:
“Ken Andrew will be a strong voice for Glasgow Hillhead and I look forward to working with him to make Glasgow better.
“This is an excellent start to the SNP’s campaign for May’s elections and chance for people in all parts of Glasgow to make the city better with a fresh start for the city council.”
Speaking after the result was announced, newly elected Councillor Ken Andrews said: “I am delighted, and proud, to have been elected to represent the people of Hillhead.
“After the tragic death of George Roberts I know that I have big boots to fill, but it is a challenge I am looking forward to. I would like to thank the people of Hillhead for giving me the opportunity to represent everyone in the area. I would also like to thank my campaign team and all those who made this election win possible.
“The result tonight is more than simply a by election win for the SNP. This is a sign of the determination of the people of Glasgow to grasp an opportunity for change in their city. It is a vote for the positive message of the SNP as Glasgow and Scotland move forward.”
SNP Depute Leader Nicola Sturgeon said:
“This result shows that there is all to play for in Glasgow for next May’s elections as people across the city take the opportunity to vote to make Glasgow better.”
First preference results and change from 2007
SNP – 1026 (32%) +10 points
LAB – 945 (30%) +2 points
GN. – 436 (13%) – 7 points
CON. – 372 (11%)
LD. – 307 (9%) – 11 points
Other – 47