20% swing from Labour as SNP hold four and take one in council by-elections in Glasgow area

The SNP has won five council by-elections across Glasgow and in Hamilton South, with an overall swing of almost 20% from Labour to the SNP recorded in each of these elections.

Only one of these seats, though, was a take from another party. The other four were by elections caused by the election of the former SNP councillors concerned as SNP MPs in the May 2015 UK General Election.

This is why there is  no change at the moment to the Labour leadership pf Glasgow City Council.

The one take in the series of five wins saw Anna Richardson take Langside in Glasgow from the Scottish Greens. Here, again, no quarter was given to the Greens in return for their doughty but self destructive support for indyef 1 – regardless of the fact that the SNP Scottish Government prospectus for that was a big oil agenda.

Also in Glasgow, Alex Wilson, Greg Hepburn and Eva Bolander were respectively elected in Craigton, Calton and Anderston/City, following the election of SNP councillors to Westminster.

In the Hamilton South ward of South Lanarkshire, John Ross was elected as the new SNP Councillor with 48% of the vote.  Across Glasgow, the SNP vote increased to 52%. We do not yet have the turnout figures.

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  • Turn out was pathetic, with many of them below 20%.

    So much for a political awakening in Scotland – the elections in which arguambly the outcome has the greatest direct effect and 80% of the electorate can’t be bothered to vote?

    Any ‘swing’ is fairly meaningless and could probably be attributed to the commitment of SNP voters more than anything else.

    ‘the Scottish Lion’ didn’t roar, gave a sniffle at best.

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    JB August 7, 2015 11:43 am Reply
    • I was led to believe that Scotland was the most politically aware country in the world, it seems the population aren’t that bothered!

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      Richard August 7, 2015 11:56 am Reply
      • It is!! You’ll find out more about that fact later.

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        Hugh Jazz August 8, 2015 3:53 pm Reply
    • Now if the Tories or Labour had won on a 20% turnout………………………………………?

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      Keitho August 7, 2015 1:50 pm Reply
      • Keitho, I would make the same comment,there is a very strong case for voting to be compulsory.

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        Richard August 7, 2015 3:48 pm Reply
  • Why is it no longer possible to go directly to contributors’ posts?

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    Lowry August 7, 2015 9:40 pm Reply
  • I don’t know about voting being compulsory in Council elections . . . Too much expense and hassle policing it. What about a council tax reduction for voters?

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    Longshanks August 7, 2015 11:59 pm Reply
  • Come the next council elections the so called independents — pretendy Tories will be swept away by the snp. Each area should put up 3 candidates 123 for snp the rest will sink and ABC senior council officials can think about leaving.

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    No Cheese Here August 10, 2015 6:19 pm Reply

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