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Two New Highland Councillors Elected

13th August 2021

Photograph of Two New Highland Councillors Elected

The results of The Highland Council by-elections to elect a councillor to represent the Wick and East Caithness ward and a councillor for the Inverness West Ward have been declared.

Jill Tilt has been elected to represent Ward 3 - Wick and East Caithness. Voting was by the single transferable vote and Jill emerged as the winner at the 5th stage of the count.

The turnout was 24.3%

Bill Fernie was close second losing by 24 votes.

One of five candidates standing in the by-election Jill Tilt now joins councillors Raymond Bremner (Scottish National Party); Willie MacKay (Independent) and Andrew Sinclair (Scottish Conservative and Unionist) in representing Ward 3 on The Highland Council.

Colin Aitken, Scottish Liberal Democrats has been elected to represent Ward 13 - Inverness West, emerging as the winner at the 7th stage of the count.

The turnout was 25.3%.

One of seven candidates standing in the by-election Colin Aitken now joins councillors Bill Boyd (Scottish National Party) and Alex Graham (Scottish Liberal Democrats) in representing Ward 13 on The Highland Council.

The detailed by-election results will be published on Monday 16 August on the Council's website - https://www.highland.gov.uk/byelection

The political make-up of the Council is now as follows:

Highland Matters (HM) - 4

Independent (Ind) - 25

Real Independent (RI) - 1

Scottish Conservative and Unionist (Con) - 10

Scottish Labour Party (Lab) - 3

Scottish Liberal Democrats (Lib Dem) - 11

Scottish National Party (SNP) - 18

Sutherland Independent Group (SIG) - 1

Non-aligned (NA) - 1

 

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