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