The Scottish Conservatives secured a record victory in the Lomond North by-election, with Rosneath resident and businessman Paul Collins the winning candidate.
Paul Collins secured 742 votes, with the SNP candidate trailing behind with just 459 votes. Two independent candidates shared the remainder of the votes.
The Scottish Conservative vote share rose by 11.3% to 40.7% of the vote, our highest ever vote share in the ward.
The result was welcomed by Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron, who said:
“My congratulations go to Paul Collins and the Argyll and Bute Scottish Conservative team who ran such a successful campaign and secured our best ever result here.
“This is the second straight Scottish Conservative win in a by-election in Argyll and Bute with an increased vote, and clearly demonstrates that the Scottish Conservatives are the only plausible alternative to the SNP.
“This result bodes very well for next year’s all-out council elections when he hope to increase the Scottish Conservative presence on Argyll and Bute Council still further.”
The full results of the election
Paul Collins (Scottish Conservative and Unionist) - 742
Mark Irvine (Independent) - 418
Robert MacIntyre (Independent) - 204
Ken Smith (SNP) - 459