Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today hailed his party's big gains at the local elections as the party took 87 seats, up 20 from 2017 and more gains than any other opposition party.
Lib Dem successes included:
- Doubling the council group in Edinburgh from 6 to 12 and winning the popular vote in Edinburgh West including an astonishing three councillors in the Almond ward.
- Increasing the number of councillors in Fife from 7 to 13 and winning the popular vote in North East Fife.
- Increasing the number of councillors in the Highlands from 10 to 15 and winning the popular vote in Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross.
- Trebling the council group in South Lanarkshire and doubling the council group in Dundee.
Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
"These victories show that the Lib Dems are able to make big gains across Scotland. We have picked up more seats than any other opposition party, outstripping the Labour party.
"From Cambuslang to Caithness, more and more Scots are warming to our vision of new hope. We have won in seats that we haven't held in decades.
"I said when I took over as leader that our revival would begin in local government. That revival starts today.
"Douglas Ross has presided over a Conservative meltdown. Our victories have shown that voters don't need to back the Conservatives to stop the SNP.
"I would like to thank everyone who stood for election, knocked on doors and made phone calls and backed us at the polls.
"Every Lib Dem councillor elected will be a local champion, standing up for communities and helping them to tackle the cost-of-living crisis."