Huge swing to SNP in Glasgow by-election
Friday, 07 October 2016

SNP candidate Chris Cunningham won the Garscadden & Scotstounhill by-election last night on a huge swing from Labour.

In 2012 Labour won 3 out of 4 seats in the ward, taking 62% of first preferences to the SNP’s 27%. Chris Cunningham won the by-election with 43% of first preferences.

Commenting, SNP Business Convener Derek Mackay said: “This is a fantastic result and is the testament to the hard work of our candidate and activists who’ve overturned a huge Labour lead.

“This result is further confirmation that after nine years in government people are continuing to place their trust in the SNP and our strong record of delivery and success in government and our ambitious plans to keep Scotland moving forward – as well as showing that Labour are increasingly out of touch with voters in their traditional heartlands.

“This result will give us huge momentum ahead of next year’s council elections, but we take absolutely nothing for granted. We will keep on working hard to retain the trust of the Scottish people next year and to see more SNP councillors elected across the country.


  • SNP: 2135 (43%) +16
  • Labour: 1944 (39%) -23
  • Con: 510 (10%)
  • Green: 242 (5%)
  • UKIP: 83 (2%)
  • Lib Dems: 97 (2%)

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