By-election win could mean it’s time for change

Councillor Rosa Zambinini
Councillor Rosa Zambinini

Councillor David Stocks, leader of the SNP Group at North Lanarkshire Council, hopes decades of Labour control are coming to an end following the second SNP by-election victory in recent weeks.

Following the SNP’s Steven Bonnar’s victory in Thorniewood last month Rosa Zambinini held off the challenge of Labour’s Peter McDade to win the seat which had been vacated by Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows.

With a turn out of just 26.1 per cent and 3,794 votes polled, the quota of victory was set at was 1,876 votes which Councillor Zambinini met receiving 1,915 votes. Her closest challenger Mr McDade received 1,230 votes and the other candidates got Marjory Borthwick (Con) 385, Maria Feeney (SSP) 117, Gerard Neary (Lib Dem) 37, Neil Wilson (UKIP) 67.

Councillor Stocks said: “Rosa Zambinini’s comfortable win in Wishaw saw the SNP rocketed from 34 per cent of the vote in 2012 to 57 per cent at this by-election. Labour nose-dived in the opposite direction, from 58 per cent in 2012 to 37 per cent now.

“Coming on top of last month’s 25 per cent swing to the SNP in Thorniewood, Rosa’s magnificent win in Wishaw, brings hope for political change coming on North Lanarkshire Council at the next local authority elections in 20 months’ time.

“If this holds up, decades of Labour rule in Lanarkshire could be coming to an end.”