The Scottish Conservatives have won the Dunblane and Bridge of Allan by-election.
Local candidate Thomas Heald becomes the party’s newest councillor after winning 38.3 per cent of the first preference votes cast.
The Scottish Conservative vote share rose by 8.3 per cent compared to the 2022 local council election, while the SNP, in second place, saw their share drop by 2.5 per cent.
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross hailed Thomas’s victory as further proof that in swathes of parliamentary seats across Scotland only his party can beat the SNP.
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “This is a superb by-election victory for the Scottish Conservatives and my congratulations go to Thomas Heald, our newest councillor.
“I campaigned with Thomas in the ward and I know he will be a fantastic councillor and a strong voice for Dunblane and Bridge of Allan on Stirling Council.
“This result proves that in a host of areas up and down Scotland only the Scottish Conservatives can beat the scandal-ridden, independence-obsessed SNP and move the focus onto the public’s real priorities – such as economic growth and dealing with unacceptable NHS waiting times.
“We’ve learned this week that, even at the height of a global pandemic, the focus of the SNP – unforgivably – was on breaking up the UK.
“Scots appalled by this behaviour know that, come the General Election, in numerous constituencies it’s a straight fight between the Scottish Conservatives and the SNP.”
Yesterday’s by-election result can be found here.
The 2022 election result can be found here.