Gail Ross Wins With Huge Majority For SNP
7th April 2011
Local lass Gail Ross won her council seat for Wick easily. Today at the count she came out way ahead after the various counts.
The final results were -
Gail Ross - SNP - 1049
Neil Macdonald - Labour - 463
Clair Clarke Lib Dem - 232
Niall smith - Independent - 245
Jim Oag - Independent - 202
Laurel Bush - 75
Michael Carr - Conservative - 33
Electorate - 5559
Total votes cast 2124
Rejected votes 33
Wick councillors are now Bill Fernie, Gail Ross, Graeme Smith
The turn out was 38.2% and the total number of valid votes cast was 2,091. The winner required a quota of 1,047 votes and Ms Ross achieved this at the end of stage 3 of counting with 1,049 votes.
Michael Carr, Scottish Conservative and Unionist, was eliminated at the end of stage one, with 33 votes. Laurel Bush was eliminated at the end of stage 2 with 75 votes; Jim Oag, Independent, was eliminated at the end of stage 3 with 202 votes.
At this point, Ms Ross had reached the quota of 1,047 votes, with 1,049 votes and was elected. At this stage, Claire Clark, Scottish Liberal Democrats had 236 votes; Neil MacDonald, Scottish Labour Party, had 463 votes; and Niall Smith, Independent had 245 votes.
The vacancy was created by the resignation on 4 March, this year, of Katrina MacNab (Independent).
Ms Ross joins Councillor Bill Fernie (Independent) and Councillor Graeme Smith (Independent Members' Group) in representing Ward 3 (Wick) on the Council.
The make up of the Council (80 members) is now: Independent, 24 members; Liberal Democrat, 20 members; SNP, 17 members; Labour, 7 members; Independent Members Group, 6; Independent Alliance Group, 4; Non-aligned 1, Vacant 1.
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The Highland Council and its Commercial and Procurement Shared Services partners Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils are running a series of events to help businesses supply to the public sector. Some of the events are hosted by other organisations and we will be signposting suppliers to these as well.
Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson has moved to reassure communities about forthcoming budget decisions. She said: "No decisions will be made until the Council meets on 15 February.
At Highland Council work has been ongoing for some months to prepare a Revenue and Capital Budget for 2018/19 and beyond, with the anticipation of a significant cut to available funds. The Scottish Government's proposed grant settlement was announced on 14 December 2017.
Around £3 million of funding has been agreed for a ground-breaking Highland project that could transform the lives of people with complex health needs as part of the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal. The business case for the ‘FitHome' assisted living project was approved in November last year with £3m funding from the Scottish Government.
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Cognitive improvements to be included in Blue Badge scheme The disabled person's parking badge pilot, which was launched in April 2016, has been made permanent by the Scottish Government. The eligibility criteria were revised and extended under a pilot to allow carers and relatives of people who pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic to apply for a disabled person's parking badge, provided they meet the criteria.
People looking to pick up a New Year bargain in the sales on the internet, by mail order or on the high street are being encouraged by The Highland Council's Trading Standards team to be aware of their consumer rights and to stay safe online from scams and fake websites that try to dupe inexperienced online shoppers trying to buy a bargain. Consumers have extra protection when they shop online.
The British Hospitality Association secured a major victory today (21 December2017) as the Scottish Government confirmed that any plans for a ‘tourist tax' in Edinburgh - or any other Scottish cities - are firmly off the table. The BHA has been campaigning consistently for over six years against the implementation of any such additional and uncompetitive tax and is delighted that the Scottish Government has recognised our reservations.
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