There will be some well bitten nails on the hands of Liberal Democrat and SNP activists in Inverness this afternoon after a thrilling count of the votes in the Inverness by-election. The Highland Council seat was vacated after the previous Labour councillor was sent to prison for benefit fraud.
It wasn't until the sixth and final stage of the AV count that Liberal Democrat Carolyn Caddick pulled ahead of her SNP rival to win by just 7 votes, 1091 to 1084.
It's an impressive return to form for the party and a characteristically good performance from the Inverness campaign team.
I understand the team will be celebrating with beer and chilli this evening - they deserve it!
A delighted Willie Rennie said:
"It is great to see Liberal Democrats back to our winning ways.
“Carolyn is just what good Liberal Democrat representative are; champions for our communities with good liberal values at the core.
“Winning a seat from Labour and beating the SNP shows that Scottish Liberal Democrats offer something that people want.”
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