Friday, 31 July 2015

SNP Celebrate Double By-Election Success


ABERDEEN BY-ELECTIONS SEE OVER 20% SWING FROM LABOUR TO THE SNP

The SNP has today celebrated two council by-election victories in Aberdeen with a swing of over 20 per cent swing from Labour to the SNP.

In Kincorth / Nigg / Cove councillor Stephen Flynn won with 60.5% and in the Hilton / Woodside / Stockethill councillor Neil Copland won with 54.5% of the vote.

The by-elections were sparked by resignations of former SNP councillors Kirsty Blackman and Callum McCaig, who became the new MPs for Aberdeen North and South at the General Election in May.

Stephen Flynn, the newly elected councillor for Kincorth / Nigg / Cove said:

“I am very pleased to have been elected to represent the people of Kincorth / Nigg / Cove – and I pledge to always put the interests of local people first and to be a strong voice for our community.

“This strong result is also a major boost for the SNP locally in the aftermath of our outstanding results in Aberdeen during the General Election – as more and more local people put their trust in the SNP to represent our communities and be a strong voice for Aberdeen and the North East.”

Newly elected councillor for Hilton / Woodside / Stockethill Neil Copland said:

“I am absolutely delighted to be elected as the SNP councillor for Hilton / Woodside / Stockethill. It is a huge privilege to have the support of the communities here and I pledge to repay their trust by working hard every day to represent them in the coming months and years.

“The last five years of Tory austerity has caused real pain for too many people in Aberdeen and across Scotland – with cuts hitting hard working families hard. I will do everything I can to secure a better future for the people in this area.”

SNP Business Convener Derek Mackay said:

“This is an outstanding double success for the SNP in Aberdeen – and is a vote of confidence in the strong start that the new SNP MPs have made in standing up for Scotland’s interests at Westminster.

“With polls showing strong support for the SNP across the country and growing numbers of people in by-elections putting their trust in the party to represent their communities, it is clear that the SNP is in a very strong position as we approach next year’s Scottish Parliament election – and seek to build on our outstanding record of delivery and success in government.”
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