INDEPENDENT candidate Brian Boyd has won the Carnoustie and District by-election in closely fought contest.
Only 20 votes separated Mr Boyd and SNP candidate Ed Oswald meaning the count, which took place in Forfar, went right down to the wire.
Straight after he was announced he was the winner of the by-election, Mr Boyd thanked everybody who voted for him and told the Guide & Gazette he was ready to help deal with the main issues Carnoustie is facing.
He said: “I am well aware of my responsibilities in regards to serving Carnoustie as well as looking at the bigger Angus picture.
“It has been a hard fought campaign at times with the SNP but I would like to hold an olive branch out to them and hope we can work well together in the future.
“I would like to thank everybody who voted especially those who went out and voted for the first time.
“I am looking forward to serving the people of town and hope I can help tackle the issues I fought my campaign on.”
“Now I plan to sit down with Peter Murphy and Helen Oswald so we can discuss the best way forward for Carnoustie.”
Ron Thoms of Labour came third in the vote, followed by the Conservative’s Eddie Wilmott and then Charles Goodall of the Liberal Democrats.
Mr Boyd will now fill the Carnoustie and District seat on Angus Council that has been vacant since SNP councillor Ralph Palmer stepped down last year due to ill health.