By-election win shifts council dynamic
There are nine Tory councillors and two independents.
The by-election was triggered when the Tories won a seat in May’s council elections but winning candidate Sandy Thornton refused to sign the paperwork necessary to become a councillor.
Following the by-election on Thursday, September 7, returning officer Paul Jukes said: “I would like to congratulate Clare Quigley on her election.
“I look forward to seeing her at the next council meeting.”
Since May Labour has held a minority administration in North Lanarkshire, with the council led by Jim Logue and Kilsyth member Jean Jones serving as the first female provost.
Councillor Logue said the result was a “vindication” of his minority administration. “This poses a practical and psychological difficulty for the SNP group,” he added.
“Since the election the SNP have been in a political huff and claimed they were the ones who should have formed an administration.
“They need to stop their smear campaign that the council is led by a Labour and Tory coalition and get on board with helping the council drive forward its policy development.”
The SNP came third in the Fortissat by-election, being outpolled by both Labour and the A Better Britain - Unionist Party candidates.