THE SNP is set to form an administration at Clackmannanshire Council with nine candidates successfully elected after Thursday's vote.

Electors went to the polls across the Wee County's five wards on May 5, electing nine SNP, five Labour, three Scottish Conservative and a Scottish Green councillor.

Graham Lindsay (SNP) and Darren Lee (Cons) were both re-elected in Clackmannanshire West and will be joined by Mark McCluckie (Lab) and Phil Fairlie (SNP).

The turnout in the ward was 42 per cent.

In Clacks North, where the turnout was 47.9 per cent, Donald Balsillie (SNP) and Martha Benny (Cons) were re-elected; they will be joined by William Keogh (Lab) and Fiona Law (SNP).

Jane McTaggart (SNP) was re-elected in Clacks Central and will be working with fellow party member Wendy Hamilton while Janine Rennie was successful as a Scottish Labour candidate.

The turnout in this ward was 39.6 per cent.

There was a close battle in Clackmannanshire South where Kenny Earle (Lab) was re-elected along with the SNP's Ellen Forson and Craig Holden.

People in the ward, where the turnout was 41.7 per cent, will also be represented by the Wee County's first-ever Scottish Green councillor in Bryan Quinn.

Clackmannanshire East saw the highest turnout at 48 per cent, Denis Coyne (Cons) and Kathleen Martin (Lab) were re-elected and will be representatives along with Scott Harrison (SNP).

Ellen Forson, who led the minority SNP administration in the past cycle, joined others in thanking the returning officer and her staff for running the election, as well as police for security, as she spoke at the count, held at Lornshill Academy.

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She said: “I'd like to thank the opposition candidates for a fairly run election, but most of all, I'd like to thank my team.

“I have a fantastic group of returned councillors, nine councillors, and a fantastic group of activists.

“This result would not have been possible without them.”

The Clacks South representative added: “The SNP have been a minority administration for the last 10 years and the result today of an increased member is a vindication of all the hard work that we've put in over the last 10 years and the journey we've been on to make Clackmannanshire the best place possible.”

With nine representatives across the Wee County's 18 seats, the SNP has taken half of the Kilncraigs chamber.

Speaking at the count, Labour's Kenny Earle also thanked those who made the election possible.

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He said: “I've been involved in politics for a number of years and I feel that we now have the chance to work more cohesively and I believe that we should do for the good of the people of Clackmannanshire.”

Denis Coyne, speaking for the Conservatives, also issued a nod of thanks and congratulated all who have been elected.

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He added: “I think politics should go out the window from this point onwards and we work as a single council, in harmony for the benefit of all.

“I'd also like to thank the opposition for fighting a fair and honest campaign.”

Bryan Quinn, the Wee County's first Scottish Green councillor, also issued thanks, including to the party's team who “put in one hell of a shift and wore out many pairs of shoes in the process”.

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He added: “We'd like to thank every single person who turned up and put the number one next to a Green candidate right across Clackmannanshire, sending a message that they want action on the climate emergency, that they want change, that they want councillors they feel will listen to them, represent them on the things they care about.”

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