Attn: News Desks/ Political Correspondents
For Immediate Release: 6th November 2015

SALMOND COMMENTS ON ABERDEENSHIRE BY-ELECTION SUCCESS 

Gwyneth Petrie celebrates with local SNP members outside the election count at Inverurie Town Hall today.

Gwyneth Petrie celebrates with local SNP members outside the election count at Inverurie Town Hall today.

Gwyneth Petrie has secured a seat on Aberdeenshire Council after her success in the Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford by-election held yesterday. 

The vote was triggered by the recent death of Joanna Strathdee who had been a popular and well liked local figure in north east politics for many years. 

Gwyneth secured the seat on 35.4% of the first preference vote, gaining an increase in both number and share of votes on the 2012 local council election in Aberdeenshire. The SNP candidate achieved a significant narrowing in the Tory first-preference to just 36 votes, compared to a margin of 261 in 2012. 

This is the first local by-election in Aberdeenshire since the SNP formed the leading administration in June of this year. 

Alex Salmond said: 

“Congratulations to Gwyneth Petrie on her election as Aberdeenshire’s youngest councillor.

“To increase the vote from that of the extraordinarily popular Joanna Strathdee is a huge achievement for Gwyneth as a first time candidate. 

“I’m certain that she’ll carry on Joanna’s great work in the Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford Ward. 

“The SNP are delighted to have secured the seat and can say with confidence that Gwyneth Petrie will do an excellent job for the community as a local councillor.” 

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