SNP win Denny and Banknock by-election

The SNP's Paul Garner with his wife Clare after his by-election victory''Picture: Michael Gillen
The SNP's Paul Garner with his wife Clare after his by-election victory''Picture: Michael Gillen
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Radio engineer Paul Garner won the Denny and Banknock by-election for the SNP with a mammoth share of the votes.

The 47-year-old father of one only joined the party last year and will now be part of the opposition party on Falkirk Council.

He replaces fellow Nationalist John McNally who was elected MP for Falkirk in May.

Yesterday’s by-election saw 3760 votes cast for a 26.1 per cent turnout.

Counting started at 10.20pm in Denny Primary School and was over in little over 90 minutes.

Winning candidate Paul Garner was elected after receiving the necessary quota of votes at the first stage.

Earlier, Returning Officer Mary Pitcaithy announced 1864 votes were needed for a first stage victory - and Mr Garner achieved well over that figure

The full result was:

Andy Bell (Independent) - 549

Brian Capaloff (Scottish Greens) - 170

Paul Garner (SNP) - 2576

David Grant (Scottish Conservative and Unionist) - 431.

Andy Bell, who was originally standing as the Labour candidate, was dumped by Labour earlier this week after allegations about messages posted on his Facebook profile. Although he was still listed on the ballot paper as Labour, the Party had withdrawn its support.

Mr Bell was not present for the count.