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Election Results
SNP hold seat

The SNP has held the Bo'ness and Blackness seat on Falkirk Council after a by-election caused by the death of Councillor Harry Constable

Ann Ritchie SNP successful councillorIt's congratulations to new councillor Ann Ritchie in holding the by-election held yesterday 19 November 2009.

On a very low turnout of only 23% Ms Ritchie polled 58% of the first preference vote with Labour following in second place with 30%.

The low turnout may have resulted from the expection that the SNP would win regardless as it was a 'safe seat'.

The weather may just have made the decision to stay at home easier.

It is disappointing and surprising given the level of local party politicking that is continually indulged in.

It is democracy and Bo'ness that are the biggest losers.

Bo'ness & Blackness Council By-Election Candidates Announced
At close of play (4pm, Wednesday 28 October) those standing in the forthcoming by-election, for the Bo'ness & Blackness Ward, were officially published.

Candidate

Agent
AINSLIE Lennox
4 Marchlands Terrace
Bo'ness
Scottish Labour Party Candidate

MCCORMACK Dallas
8 Duchess Anne Cottages
Bo'ness

CHOMCZUK Gavin
44 Caledonian Court
Falkirk
Scottish Liberal Democrats

O'DONNELL Hugh
102 Millcroft Road
Cumbernauld
MUNRO Lynn
Hollywood House
25 Grahamsdyke Road
Bo'ness
Scottish Conservative and Unionist

MUNRO Lynn
Hollywood House
25 Grahamsdyke Road
Bo'ness
RITCHIE Ann
35 Jessfield Place
Bo'ness
Scottish National Party (SNP)

TURNER Alexander
18 Newtown Street
Bo'ness

The by-election was required due to the unfortunate death of sitting councillor, Harry Constable, who had represented the ward, under various authorities, for a period of more than 40 years.

Hope for high turnout

It is to be hoped that turnout will be higher than that for the recent Community Council elections (25%).

There are not many opportunities available to the community to exercise their democratic right and express their opinion on policies, proposals and the performance of those representing them.

So, let's hope the results reflect that opportunity.

Independent Candidate missing!

There was some speculation, earlier in the week, that there was an additional Independent candidate standing for election but this has proven to be wrong.

It could be considered disappointing, and a number of residents have expressed the opinion, that party politics often muddy the waters of local government to the detriment of progress.

However, the choice is now clear and it is hoped that all residents take the opportunity to make their views known and get out there and vote on the day!

Falkirk Council Official Notice (pdf download)

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