On 8 April, Linda Fabiani received great news from fellow candidate, Rob Gibson. Rob is contesting the constituency of Caithness, Sutherland, and Ross, which has been held by the Liberal Democrats since 1999.
Rob contacted Linda to let her know that, in the run in to the Scottish Parliament election on May 5th, the SNP had gained a seat on Highland Council in a sensational by-election breakthrough.
In the by-election for a councillor to represent the town of Wick, the SNP’s winning candidate – Gail Ross – achieved almost 50% of the vote on first preferences.
This was a massive swing to the SNP, with the party’s vote increasing from 17% in May 2007 to 47% of first preference votes in the by-election.
There was a swing to the SNP from each of the London parties – 12.2% swing from Labour; 17.8% from the LibDems; and 15.0% from the Tories.
“This by-election victory is great news for the SNP and I offer hearty congratulations to newly elected Councillor Gail Ross.
“This result highlights that voters coming from all the London parties see the SNP as the best party to defend their communities in the tough times ahead.
“In the Scottish Parliament election, there is a clear choice between a Labour Party with no effective leadership and no vision for Scotland, or a re-elected SNP Government with an experienced team, a positive vision, and Alex Salmond as First Minister.”