Voters in six wards across Motherwell, Wishaw and Shotts made a big impact at this week’s council elections.
A total of 23 councilors were returned, nine SNP representatives, nine consisting of Labour, three Conservatives, one British Unionist and one Independent.
Two new councilors joined Depute Leader of the Labor group Paul Kelly in the Motherwell West ward, Conservative Lorraine Nolan and Nationalist David Crichton.
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Councillor Kelly was delighted to be re-elected and told Lanarkshire Live: “I just want to thank all the residents of Motherwell West for putting their faith back in me and I am really grateful for that support.
“People can expect me to work really hard and continue putting Motherwell West first and right now I will try to support people through the ongoing cost of living crisis.
There were four new councilors in Motherwell North, Labour’s Andrew Duffy-Lawson and Ayesha Khan were joined by the SNP’s Gerry Brennan and Anne Thomas.
Councilor Brennan, who has a background in health and social care, said this area will be a particular interest of his.
He explained: “I will be hoping that all the service going out for the health and social care partnership is of high quality.
“We will also make sure all the work of the National Government in terms of house building is continued here too.”
Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig saw three councilors return, Labour’s Andrew Duffy, Agnes Magowan of the SNP and Conservative, Nathan Wilson. Joining them is newly elected member, David Robb of the SNP.
Councilor Robb received 653 first preference votes and reached the electoral quota following the transfer of subsequent ballots under the single transferable vote system.
The Fortissat ward, which covers Shotts, Allanton and Harthill returned Labor councilors Martin McCulloch and Kenneth Stevenson, who were joined by newly elected Margaret Hughes of the SNP and John Jo Leckie of the British Unionist party. This is the first seat won by the British Unionists.
Wishaw saw Fiona Fotheringham, deputy leader of the North Lanarkshire SNP group, re-elected alongside fellow Nationalist, Jim Hume. Joining them is Conservative Bob Burgess and Labour’s Frank McKay.
Councilor Burgess, who was elected for his second term, vowed to continue the work he undertook last time around. He told Lanarkshire Live: “I have loved the last five years as councilor and I am in it to help people.
“My main aim is to give help and there is lots of help needed in Wishaw.”
Labor councilors Nicky Shevlin and Louise Roarty were successfully re-elected in Murdostoun, alongside the SNP’s Cameron McManus.
Also successfully re-elected in Murdostoun was Independent representative Robert John McKendrick, who won a by-election that was triggered by the sad passing of his father, also Robert, last year.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.