McAlpine welcomes SNP by-election performance

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MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed the performance of the SNP candidate in the Annandale North by-election who doubled the party’s share of the vote.
Sylvia Moffat, a retired pharmacy

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from Moffat

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moved the party up into second place from fourth in 2012 when the ward last had

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a by-election


Labour fell from second to third place in what Ms McAlpine said was a verdict on Labour controlled Dumfries and Galloway Council.

She said:

“We are all very proud of Sylvia Moffat who doubled the SNP vote share from 9% in 2012 to 21% today, the highest leap of any party.


This was one of the strongest Tory areas in Scotland so winning was always going to be a challenge. But our leap in vote share shows momentum is still behind the SNP in Dumfries and Galloway. That bodes well for council elections next year.

“Sylvia campaigned on local issues, particularly council waste and the very unpopular and damaging Labour decision to cut back learning support. She also spoke out against potholes and poor pavements. As a result Labour were pushed into

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third place


People understand that the Tory Government at Westminster is responsible for austerity and cuts – it’s appalling that the Labour council never attack the Tory government, preferring instead to side with them against an SNP

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trying to protect Scotland.


No wonder the anti Tory vote is now squarely with the SNP.”