SNP wins Argyll and Bute Council by-election

John Armour, the new SNP councillor for South Kintyre, with local campaigners after his by-election victory on Thursday, December 11, 2014.
John Armour, the new SNP councillor for South Kintyre, with local campaigners after his by-election victory on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

The Scottish National Party has recorded a resounding win in a by-election for Argyll and Bute Council.

John Armour, the party’s candidate in the South Kintyre ward, received 942 of the 1,515 first preference votes in the poll - a share of 62.2 per cent of the votes cast - which saw him elected at the first stage of the counting process.

Joyce Oxborrow, standing for the Scottish Liberal Democrats, received 214 first preference votes, with Charlotte Hanbury (Scottish Conservative and Unionist) receiving 203 and Michael Kelly (Scottish Labour) 156.

Thursday’s by-election, caused by the resignation of SNP councillor John Semple for personal reasons in September, was the fourth to be held in Argyll and Bute this year.

It followed polls in Oban South and the Isles, won by Labour’s Neil MacIntyre in September, and twice in Oban North and Lorn - won by John MacGregor (Independent) in July and then, following Mr MacGregor’s death less than two weeks after being elected, by Iain Stewart MacLean (SNP) in October.

The South Kintyre multi-member ward stretches from Saddell Glen in the north to the Mull of Kintyre and includes the whole of Campbeltown; its other councillors are Donald Kelly (Conservative - Argyll First) and Rory Colville (Liberal Democrats).