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Landslide Labour victory in West Dunbartonshire as they take back control of council

By Catherine Hunter

Stunning election results at West Dunbartonshire Council have seen a landslide victory for Labour, allowing them to form a majority administration for the next five years.

Each of the 12 Labour councillors standing for election won their seat, meaning that party has gained overall control of the 22 seat local authority.

West Dunbartonshire was formally a hung council, with the SNP and independent councillor Denis Agnew forming the administration. On Friday however the SNP won nine seats - a decrease in one , while the Conservatives lost both their seats.

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Councillor Jim Bollan of the West Dunbartonshire Community Party kept his seat.

Labour councillors say they were over the moon with the results and the faith placed in them by the public.

Group leader and councillor Martin Rooney said “I am absolutely delighted with the results. It has been a long campaign but it has paid off and we won all 12 of our seats. That is a credit to our candidates. You can never tell what is going to happen but we wanted to win back the council.

“It is not a complete surprise but you never know what will happen until the boxes are emptied. We are a majority administration with 12 out of 22 councillors elected.

"West Dunbartonshire Council is now a Tory free zone.”

The result was made more remarkable because the single transferable vote system used in Scotland is meant to produce more proportional results, rather than big majorities. In 2017, no party managed to win a majority on any Scottish councils.

Labour councillors thanked the voters that had elected them and vowed that it was “time for change”.

Councillor Lawrence O'Neil who has been elected for a third term said: “We are delighted that Labour has won back control of West Dunbartonshire Council. I want to say thank you to all the voters who have placed their faith in us.”

Councillor Daniel Lennie added: “My ward colleague Gail Casey, who has just stood down after 19 years, taught me everything I know and I am delighted to have been elected for a second term alongside June McKay.”

June McKay, a first time candidate, said: “I am really looking forward to the next five years. I want to thank everyone who has stood beside me. It is time for change now.”

Following the election results SNP leader and former leader councillor Jonathon McColl of West Dunbartonshire Council thanked those who had re-elected him for another five year term.

In a tweet to his followers he said he would “hit the ground running” in forming an opposition party.

Councillor McColl said: “I would like to thank everyone who voted in Thursday's election, especially the 1494 people who gave me their first preference vote, re-electing me to serve my community for another five years.

“Rest assured, we will hold the Labour administration to account for the things they have promised and the things they do, and we will continue to build support for independence in our communities as we get closer to next year's planned referendum.”

The local authority is now made up of 12 Labour councillors, nine SNP councillors and one community party councillor.

A list of the newly elected councillors can be found below:

Ward one - Lomond

Jonathon McColl - SNP - 1494

Martin Rooney - Labour - 938

Hazel Sorrell - Labour - 719

Ward two - Leven

Ian Dixon - SNP - 1494

John Millar - Labour - 1089

Michelle McGinty - Labour - 956

Jim Bollan - West Dunbartonshire Community Party - 953

Ward three - Dumbarton

Karen Conaghan - SNP - 2171

David McBride - Labour - 2045

Gurpreet Singh Johal - Labour - 930

Chris Pollok - SNP - 529

Ward four - Kilpatrick

Douglas McAlister - Labour - 1903

Gordon Scanlan - SNP - 986

Lawrence O’Neil - Labour - 272

Ward five - Clydebank Central

Diane Docherty - SNP - 1903

Craig Edwards - Labour - 1199

Clare Steele - Labour - 645

Sophie Traynor - SNP - 531

Ward six - Clydebank waterfront

James McElhill - SNP - 1493

Daniel Lennie - Labour - 1217

Lauren Oxley - SNP - 767

June McKay - Labour - 540

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