With the results of the Local Council Elections 2022 now in, we would like to give our members and supporters a brief update to the preceding Campaign and outcome of the Election in our Branch Area.

As a branch we had lots of activists out in the local area, delivering leaflets and knocking on doors. We had so much support in local communities and we are very grateful to everyone across the Lower and Upper Braes for this.

In the Upper Braes, Jim Robertson was elected with the largest share of first preference votes, taking over the mantle from the Retiring Councillor Gordon Hughes.

In Lower Braes, we ran two candidates. Our new Candidate, Gordon Forrest, achieved great success and was successfully elected. However, our much loved and hardworking sitting Councillor Adanna McCue missed out on being re-elected by only a few votes.

So, in regard to the Political geography of both Upper & Lower Braes, it is as is before the Election, with one Councillor being returned from each of the SNP, Labour & Tory Parties.

In terms of the Falkirk Council make up, the Election returned SNP as the largest Party with 12 Councillors, Labour unchanged with 9, Tories down 2 to 5 and Independents increasing from 2 to 4.

The SNP increase in vote share that was seen in our Wards was reciprocated not only throughout the Falkirk District Council area, but also in all of Scotland, where Our Party recorded an 11th successive Election victory, which can only be a positive sign going forward as we pick up the baton to work hard towards the Independence Referendum.

Although we in the Braes will greatly miss Gordon Hughes and Adanna McCue, we have every confidence in our new Councillors and we are looking forward to seeing the great work that Jim Robertson and Gordon Forrest will do in our communities.

You can find details of how to get in touch with Jim and Gordon here.