Denny and Banknock by-election on the way

John McNally MP celebrates his general election win with wife Sandra
John McNally MP celebrates his general election win with wife Sandra

Voters will soon be heading back to the ballot box following the SNP’s sensational success at the general election.

Denny and Banknock Councillor John McNally’s stunning win on May 7 to take the Falkirk Constituency with a 19,701 majority is expected to lead to a by-election within months.

The 64-year-old Denny barber has yet to officially announce his resignation from Falkirk Council, but it is understood his career as an MP at Westminster means it will happen sooner rather than later.

Under the rules a by-election to select his replacement in the four-member ward has to be called within three months of the day he officially quits the town hall - and that announcement could come within days.

SNP Group spokesman Councillor David Alexander said: “No decision has been made by John so far, but a series of meetings involving the Denny SNP Branch, Constituency Association and our Local Government Liaison Committee are arranged.

“In the meantime Martin Oliver our other SNP member for the ward is picking up John’s workload and making sure the people of Denny and Banknock remain well represented. It is not our intention to leave the seat unattended for long.

“While John is in London his colleagues are here to make sure everything continues to run properly.

“Following the general election the SNP is potentially facing the prospect of contesting 16 by-elections across the country. Given the support on May 7 that is a nice ‘problem’ to have.”

Councillor Colin Chalmers, chairman of the Falkirk Constituency Association, said: “The top priority ahead of any decision by John is to make sure any council related issues the people of Denny and Banknock have are addressed.”