Ross Cassie elected in Troup by-election

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SNP candidate Ross Cassie, has won the Aberdeenshire Council by-election for Troup.

The by-election was held following the death of Conservative councillor John Duncan earlier this year.

Ross Cassie picked up 1,159 votes, seeing off competition from other candidates.

Commenting, newly elected councillor Ross Cassie said: “It is a great privilege to be elected as the SNP councillor for Troup ward. I am humbled by the support of the communities in Troup and I pledge to repay their trust by working hard for this area over the coming months and years.

“This by-election took place under very sad circumstances after the passing of John Duncan, and I pay tribute to the work he has done for the area.

“There are a number of very significant challenges facing the communities here - not least the regeneration of our towns - but residents can rest assured that I will give nothing less than my absolute best in pursuit of a better future for this area.”

SNP MP for Banff and Buchan, Dr Eilidh Whiteford commented: “I am delighted to congratulate Ross on being elected. This was a Conservative-held seat but the people of Troup have placed their faith in the SNP to protect key policies like the Council Tax freeze.

“I wish Ross all the best in his new role and I am confident that he will deliver for the people who placed their trust in him.”

The by-election result is as follows:

Ann Bell (Scottish Liberal Democrats): 141 votes;

Ross Cassie (SNP): 1,159;

Alan Duffill (Scottish Labour): 140 votes;

Darren Duncan (Scottish Green): 68 votes;

Philip Mitchell (Independent): 43;

Alan Still (Independent): 391;

Iain Taylor (Scottish Conservative and Unionist): 574.