|Fortissat - 4 seats|
|Party||Candidate||% 1st Pref||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6|
|SNP||Thomas Cochrane (incumbent)||20.15||1,016|
|A Better Britain – Unionist Party||Jeffrey McDonald||11.08||559||574||574||591|
|Independent||Charlie Cefferty (incumbent)||10.09||509||527||527||661||754|
|Electorate: 12,051 Valid: 5,043 Spoilt: 139 Quota: 1,009 Turnout: 5,182 (43.0%)|
The Council seems to be a prime example of the Unholy Unionist Alliamce between the Lanour Party and the Tories as the election saw the Scottish National Party overtake Labour as the largest party on the council. Despite victory for the SNP, North Lanarkshire is now a Labour/Tory council, after Labour leader Jim Logue was appointed Leader of the Council with the support of the ten-strong Conservative group, at the first meeting on 18 May after a deal between the two parties, which saw the Tory leader appointed as convener of the Audit & Scrutiny committee
So although it is difficult to predict a Byelection which is based on a Multi member seat elected by the Single Transferable Vote (STV). Given the fact that the lead Labour Candidate was welll ahead on the First Preference vote (on a generally bad night for the party) this should see a Labour win.
Will the Tories put up another paper candidate? what will the reaction of the electors particularity Labour voters be to Labour 's alliance with the Tories?
This may well see a Unionist/Nationalist battle in which the Unholy Aliance will be exposed for what it is.
Indeed we may well see the future of Scottish Politics laid bare, where this leaves Labour in Scotland , will be interesting , How are the Corbyn supporters going to explain that their Scottish Branch are in the pockets of Ruth Davidson's Scottish Tories?