Counting is well under way at a bustling Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley, with results filtering in from the Renfrewshire Council election.
The first candidates to learn their fate were in Renfrew South and Gallowhill, where SNP duo Cathy McEwan and Jim Paterson were re-elected, as was Labour candidate Edward Grady.
Paterson, standing in his third election, said: “It’s always good when you’re re-elected because you feel that it’s an endorsement of your previous five years of what you’ve been doing.”
McEwan, an environment convener in the last council term, said it felt “good” to be given the opportunity to carry on the work carried out.
She added: “It also feels great that Team Up to Clean Up – I can still be there.
“I would be there whether I was elected or not because it’s a fantastic thing, so I’m delighted to be given the opportunity and I need to thank the voters for that.”
Meanwhile Grady spoke of his desire to “make things better” for people in Renfrewshire.
He said: “I hope we can make a difference on what people have been saying: on the roads, the grass, the dog mess, the antisocial behaviour.
“These are the things I’ve been hearing about on the doorstep. I’m here to make things better.”
Neill Graham, who was re-elected in Paisley Northeast and Ralston, said it felt “fantastic” to continue
He said: “It feels absolutely fantastic. It was a good election campaign by Graeme Clark and Jennifer Adam-McGregor.
“It was run very well and I congratulate both of them.
“I’d just like to thank the voters for putting their trust in me for another five years.”
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The latest ward results in full:
Ward 1: Renfrew North and Braehead
John Gray – Conservative (stage 7)
Lisa-Marie Hughes – SNP (stage 1)
Jamie McGuire – Lab (stage 1)
John Shaw – SNP (stage 1)
Ward 2: Renfrew South and Gallowhill has the first results.
Edward Grady – Lab (stage 1)
Cathy McEwan – SNP (stage 1)
Jim Paterson – SNP (stage 2)
Ward 3: Paisley Northeast and Ralston
Jennifer Marion Adam-McGregor – SNP (stage 1)
Graeme Clark – Lab (stage 1)
Neill Graham – Conservative (stage 4)
Ward 4 – Paisley Northwest
Kenny MacLaren – SNP (stage 1)
Mags MacLaren – SNP (stage 2)
Janis McDonald – Lab (stage 7)
Ben Smith – Lab (stage 11)
Ward 5 – Paisley East and Central
Carolann Davidson – Lab (stage 1)
John McNaughtan – SNP (stage 1)
Will Mylet – SNP (stage 6)
Ward 6 – Paisley Southeast
Eddie Devine – Lab (stage 5)
Bruce MacFarlane – SNP (stage 7)
Marie McGurk – SNP (stage 9)
More to follow.
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