SNP hold seat in Midlothian West by-election

Kelly Parry SNP is elected as a councillor in the Midlothian West by-election count at Ladywood Leisure Centre in Penicuik. Picture: Greg Macvean
Kelly Parry SNP is elected as a councillor in the Midlothian West by-election count at Ladywood Leisure Centre in Penicuik. Picture: Greg Macvean
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THE SNP have held their seat on Midlothian Council in the Midlothian West ward by-election.

The by-election was triggered after council leader Owen Thompson resigned to take up his seat at Westminster as MP for Midlothian.

The new councillor for Midlothian West, Kelly Parry was elected at the fourth stage.

First-preference voting in the by-election was: SNP 1,540, Labour 945, C 524, Green 372, LD 162, No description 25.

The swing from Labour to the SNP was 6.3%. As in the case of the Edinburgh contest, this was much smaller than that seen in other by-elections since May, where the swing ranged between 13 per cent and 25 per cent.

Voter turnout was 31.2 per cent.