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Highland Council Election: The Black Isle’s three seats are declared as the returning officer confirms the new councillors out of the eight candidates

By Scott Maclennan

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In Brief

Those Elected (total of first preference votes):

Sarah Atkins Independent – 634

Lyndsey Johnston Scottish National Party SNP – 1171

Morven-May MacCallum Scottish Liberal Democrats – 739

Those Not Elected:

Margaret Bryant Scottish Labour Party – 243

Okain John McLennan Independent – 317

Bev Smith Independent – 286

Theo Stratton Scottish Conservative and Unionist – 695

Anne Thomas Scottish Greens – Delivering For Our Community – 624

Main Issues: local democracy, transport, mass tourism

There was all to play for when the three incumbent councillors chose to stand down leaving the way open for completely new representatives.

The winners in a competitive field were Independent Sarah Atkins, the SNP's Lyndsey Johnston and the Liberal Democrats' Morven-May MacCallum.

Those elected are chosen through the Single Transferable Vote system, while the tallies above represent first choice votes – to read about how the system works you can click here.

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