The SNP’s momentum continued yesterday as the party won the Edinburgh City Centre by-election, with local MSP Marco Biagi saying that the result was testament to the SNP’s hard work in government and commitment to the city of Edinburgh.
The nationalists, the only party to oppose the disastrous trams project, fought off a stiff challenge from the Conservatives to win the seat.
The SNP received an increased number of first preference votes taking the seat on the 5th round, after the Lib Dems who lead the council administration were elimated in the first round of voting with only 7% of the vote, behind both the Scottish Greens and an independent candidate.
Newly elected Councillor Alasdair Rankin said:
“I am honoured to be elected to represent Edinburgh’s historic City Centre. My priority will be to support the people of this area.
“With the local authority elections now under a year away, I and the rest of the SNP will be working hard to win the support of people across this great city.”