Aird and Loch Ness is a large rural ward straddling areas of the Parliamentary constituencies previously held by Danny Alexander and Charles Kennedy. A by-election was called following the resignation of the former SNP council leader.
So how did we win?
Earlier this week, I voted against Tory plans for tax credit cuts that will see families across Scotland. Although a Liberal Democrat motion which would have scrapped these dangerous plans altogether did not pass, another motion calling for the government to think again and introduce new protections was successful.
Last week, the First Minister told us that she wants to be judged on her record. This week, Audit Scotland published a damning report on her government’s record on the NHS.
The SNP claim to have protected investment in our NHS. Audit Scotland say that funding has been cut in real terms by nearly 1% over the last 7 years. Two health boards have been forced to take out loans from the Scottish Government just to break even.
The SNP claim that things are getting better in our health service. Audit Scotland say that national performance against key targets and standards is getting worse.