The independent, Kieron Green, has tonight won the Oban North and Lorn by-election to Argyll and Bute Council.
Mr Green has worked hard in this constituency, in this campaign and on Oban Community Council.
For Argyll has been aware – from various reports received from voters during the campaign – of the effort Kieron Green put in on the hard yards of it, chapping doors literally at dawn and dusk and earning serious respect for his dedication.
The SNP candidate, Breege Smith, got the highest number of first preference votes – 1055, with Kieron Green second with 711; and the steadily and seriously improving Scottish Conservative candidate, Andrew Vennard, third with 591.
Following the elimination of the Liberal Democrat’s David Pollard with 294 first preference votes, the lowest number of second preference votes  went to the SNP – another interesting electoral signal that the gilt on the gingerbread is thinning.
The second highest number of second preferences went to Andrew Vennard – 77 [83% higher than the SNP’s tally].
Kieron Green took the highest number of second preferences – at 110 [162% higher than those given to the SNP] – and was elected Councillor for Oban North and Lorn.