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Votes counted as new Black Isle councillor is elected


By Hector MacKenzie

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Jennifer Barclay is the people's choice to represented the Black Isle, following the death of her late husband, Billy.
Jennifer Barclay is the people's choice to represented the Black Isle, following the death of her late husband, Billy.

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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