Votes counted as new Black Isle councillor is elected
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THE widow of a councillor whose sudden death earlier this year rocked the Black Isle has won the by-election to replace him.
Mrs Jennifer Barclay, Independent, has been elected to represent the Black Isle on Highland Council following today's by-election count in Fortrose.
She replaces her late husband, Billy, who died suddenly in October.
Mrs Barclay looked odds on to win the by-election as she polled 1,003 first preference votes. In the event, she won at the sixth stage of counting.
The turnout at the Black Isle by-election was 35.81%.. More than 3,000 votes cast.
Eight candidates had thrown their hats in the ring to stand for the position. The peninsula is represented by a total of four ward councillors. The others are: David Alston (LibDem), Craig Fraser (SNP) and Isobel McCallum (Independent).
The unsucessful candidates were: Myra Carus, Rosemarkie, (Scottish Green Party); Shaun Finlayson, Avoch, (Scottish Labour Party); Bill Fraser, Fortrose, (Independent); Jackie Hendry, Tore, (Scottish National Party, SNP);Douglas MacLean, Avoch, (Scottish Conservative and Unionist); George Normington, North Kessock, (Scottish Liberal Democrats) and Gwyn Phillips, Rosemarkie, (Independent).
This story will be updated.
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