Independent tops by-election opinion poll

INDEPENDENT candidate Brian Boyd will be the new councillor for Carnoustie and District if the results of a Guide & Gazette opinion poll have been repeated in the Angus Council by-election.

Yesterday (Thursday), the people of the town were electing a new member to represent Carnoustie after SNP councillor Ralph Palmer retired from his seat due to ill health.

The count takes place in Forfar this morning (Friday) and an opinion poll carried out on Wednesday showed that Mr Boyd was clearly the most favoured candidate receiving support from 57 per cent of the people we asked in Carnoustie High Street.

He was followed by Ed Oswald of the SNP who was on 20 per cent and then Conservative candidate Eddie Wilmott on 13 per cent.

Ron Thoms of Labour was fourth on seven per cent, but none of the people we asked were planning to vote for the Liberal Democrats Charles Goodall.

Two per cent of respondents also said they would not be voting.

Several voters told the Guide & Gazette they would be surprised if turnout was high as they sensed residents in the town were apathetic.

But Mr Boyd seemed to be a popular candidate among Carnoustie people, with voters saying an independent councillor is what the town needs to help it improve and attract more business and investment.

The counting of the votes begins at 10.30 a.m. today and if Mr Boyd is elected he will join SNP councillor Helen Oswald and Labour councillor Peter Murphy as Carnoustie’s representatives.

As soon as we know the result, we will publish the story on our website: www.guideandgazette.co.uk