MARIA McLean has won the Elgin North by-election.
The Conservative candidate was elected at stage three of the vote with 1061 ballots.
Her nearest rival was the SNP’s Patsy Gowans who received 994.
Labour’s Nick Taylor received 389 votes and Independent Terry Monaghan polled.
Turn our for the by-election was 24.8 per cent.
The ballot, held yesterday with the count taking place in Elgin Town Hall this morning, was sparked after Independent councillor Sandy Cooper stood down a few days after winning the seat in the local government elections held May 4.
Councillor McLean’s win will take the number of Tories on Moray Council to nine, the same number as the SNP.
The Conservatives are the in a ruling coalition along with six Independents on the 26 member council.
Elgin North has an electorate of 9237.