Thorniewood ready to elect new councillor

Thorniewood goes to the polls tomorrow.
Thorniewood goes to the polls tomorrow.

Residents of the Thorniewood ward take to the polls tomorrow (Thursday) to elect a new councillor following the departure of Duncan McShannon from North Lanarkshire Council.

Councillors Jim McCabe and Bob Burrows remain in position, leaving one councillor to be elected from seven candidates.

Up for election tomorrow are: Steven Bonnar (SNP), Hugh Gaffney (Labour), Liam McCabe (SSP), Meghan Gallacher (Conservative), Patrick McAleese (Green), Craig Smith (Scottish Christian) and Matt Williams (UKIP).

Voters in this ward will have received poll cards which give details of their local polling station and they can cast their vote any time from 7am-10pm.

Returning officer Gavin Whitefield said: “By voting in this by-election, people in Thorniewood have the opportunity to help decide who represents them on issues affecting their families and community, such schools, social work services, roads, parks and waste collections.

“So I would encourage everyone to use their vote on July 9.”

The by-election will use the single transferable vote system.

The candidates on the ballot papers should be marked in order of preference from 1-7, although voters can mark as many or as few candidates as they wish.

Votes will be counted at John Paul II Primary School after the polls close at 10pm.

For more information visit North Lanarkshire Council or contact the council’s election office on 01698 302119 or e-mail