SNP and Tories jump­ing for joy but it is de­spair for Labour

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang has nine new coun­cil­lors after last week’s lo­cal elec­tion.

It was a good day for the SNP who won two seats in the four wards and the Tories who also picked up two.

Only three coun­cil­lors re­main from be­fore the elec­tion.

It was a mo­ment that left ev­ery­one stunned.

When the can­di­dates took to the stage for the Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North count, it’s doubt­ful any­one, apart from those mak­ing the walk, knew what was com­ing.

This was real Labour heart­land. Ed­die McAvoy’s old seat. Surely a straight fight be­tween his party and the SNP?

Wrong. Ger­ard Killen and Ja­nine Ca­likes were re­turned with the min­i­mum of fuss, but as ev­ery­one stood ex­pect­ing the name of Gor­don Clark to be read out, re­turn­ing of­fi­cer Lind­say Free­land an­nounced Jared Wark of the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive and Union­ist Party was the third mem­ber elected to the ward.

In truth, it had been com­ing. The first few re­sults hinted at a massive surge to the Tories, but no-one thought they could win in the heart of Ruther­glen.

Mr Wark looked as shocked as

SN-Glee An SNP ac­tivists jumps for joy as his party fi­nally oust Labour as the big­gest in South La­nark­shire 110517elec­tion_86

Blond am­bi­tion Ann Le Blond of the Con­ser­va­tives is ready to get to work 110517elec­tion_68

Bit­ter­sweet There were mixed emo­tions for Ja­nine Ca­likes 110517elec­tion_41

Go west The SNP’s John Bradley 110517elec­tion_69

Popular Wal­ter Bro­gan of Labour re­ceived sup­port in Cam­bus­lang 110517elec­tion_91

Delight Alistair Ful­ton can­not quite be­lieve he has won for the SNP 110517elec­tion_92

Ruther­glen South Mar­garet Cowie made sure Labour re­tained a seat 110517elec­tion_28

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