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Cowe wins Moray by-election

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New Heldon and Laich councillor John Cowe
New Heldon and Laich councillor John Cowe

He defeated Stuart Crowther (SNP) after the fifth stage of the count at Lossiemouth Town Hall today.

Immediately after his victory was announced, Mr Cowe told the Northern Scot: "It’s been a journey".

The retired businessman, who founded the Lossie Seafoods firm, polled 1,507 votes after the fifth stage of the vote, compared to 1,005 for Mr Crowther.

Independent Jeff Hamilton, a former Forres councillor and chairman of the children and young people's comittee,was eliminated after the first stage.

The seat was vacated by the SNP’s Carolle Ralph, who stood down following a hate-mail campaign.

Speaking after the count Councillor Cowe said: "Lossiemouth and Moray has been very good to me all my life, and I hope to now give something back.

"I truly believe that there is no place for party politics in local government.

"I want what is best for the area not what’s best for a political party."

"Recently I took a step back from the business, so I have lots of time on my hands to take what I’ve learned and my experience in business to give back to the community."

John Cowe was elected at the fifth stage of the single transferable voting system.

The results at stage five were as follows:

Stuart Crowther (SNP)1005

John Cowe (Independent)1507

Other candidates were eliminated as follows:

Pete Bloomfield (Conservative) Stage - 4 558 votes Nick Traynor (Independent) Stage 3 - 496 votes James Mackessack-Leitch (Green) Stage 2 – 242 votes Jeff Hamilton (Independent) Stage 1 – 175 votes

There was a 29.7% turnout producing 3,137 votes.

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