South Scotland

Labour wins Dumfries and Galloway Council by-election

Labour has taken a council seat from the Tories by winning a by-election in Dumfries and Galloway.

Tom McAughtrie pulled off a narrow victory in voting for the Abbey ward left vacant by the resignation of Conservative Mike Thomson.

Mr McAughtrie saw off Tory candidate Kath Lord by 57 votes with the SNP's Yowann Byghan a distant third.

The result takes Labour's representation on Dumfries and Galloway Council to 15 members.

The Tories drop to 17, the SNP has 10 councillors, with three Lib Dems and two Independents.

The council administration is a coalition made up of the Conservative and Lib Dem councillors.

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