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Liberal Democrat Trish Robertson elected for Culloden and Ardersier in eleventh hour victory

By Emma Crichton

New Culloden and Ardersier councillor Trish Robertson.
New Culloden and Ardersier councillor Trish Robertson.

THE vacant Inverness seat at Highland Council has been filled by Trish Robertson.

The Liberal Democrat won the Culloden and Ardersier by-election by just 25 votes, overtaking Scottish National Party candidate Pauline Munro in the eleventh hour.

As no clear winner was returned based on voters’ first preference, a process of elimination was used based on voters’ order of preference.

A result was not produced until the eighth stage, when Ms Robertson overtook Mrs Munro, who had been leading until that point.

Conservative Andrew Jarvie finished third, followed by independent Duncan MacPherson, John Ross, also independent, Green candidate Isla Macleod-O’Reilly, Labour’s Andrew Mackintosh, independent David McGrath and Thomas Lamont, also independent.

A recount was held at the request of the SNP due to the close margin of the final stage.

The by-election was held to choose a replacement for long-serving Labour councillor John Ford who died in the summer while on holiday in Jersey.

But Ms Robertson will have to contest her seat again in just seven months at the full local government election on May 4.

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