Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP today congratulated new Highland Liberal Democrat councillor Jean Davis on her victory in the Aird and Loch Ness by-election in a gain from the SNP.
The by-election was for the seat vacated by SNP MP Drew Hendry. It is the first time the SNP have been beaten in a council by-election since the Independence Referendum.
Commenting, Mr Rennie said:
"This is excellent news from the Highlands and huge congratulations to Jean Davis and the local team who have worked their socks off.
“This is the first time that the SNP have been beaten in a council by-election since the General Election and it is the Scottish Liberal Democrats that have done it.
“This was a seat held by the SNP’s former leader on Highland Council. This result is a clear endorsement of localism over the SNP centralisation agenda. It looks like the gloss is starting to come off the SNP in the Highlands.
“People were telling Jean and her team that they were fed up with being taken for granted by the SNP who have put Highland issues at the back of the queue. Liberal Democrats have always stood up for the Highlands and Jean will be an excellent councillor for the good people of Aird and Loch Ness.”