Friday, May 04, 2007
SSP hold council seat
With an overall disappointing night for the left, it is good to note that SSP member Jim Bollan has held his council seat in West Dunbartonshire.
UPDATE: Sadly the SSP's Keith Baldassara has lost his council seat in Glasgow Pollock, gaining 591 votes. The influence of Tommy Sheridan' name is clear by the fact that Keith, who has been a tremendously good councillor carrying out work on behalf of his constituents got less votes then Alice Sheridan, standing under the banner "Solidaity - Tommy Sheridan". (In fact I understand that Keith used to carry out a large part of Tommy's MSP case load) The combined votes of Solidarity and the SSP would have been enough to win a seat in the four member ward, as it was three labour and one SNP councillor were elected.
Solidarity did however win a seat in Glasgow, in Creightom ward, where Ruth Black topped the poll with 1220 first preference votes, while the Greens got only 315 and Wullie mcGartland just 224 for the SSP. Ruth is a worker for Glasgow's LGBT community, and it would be interesting to know the factors behind her success.