The Scottish Conservatives have hailed a 12 percent increase in their share of the vote in the Arbroath East and Lunan by-election, viewing it as a sign of rising support for the party.
Candidate Derek Wann has thanked all of those who cast a ballot after the contest in which the Scottish Conservatives finished a close second behind the SNP.
The share of the vote for them was down by nine percent, mirroring results in recent Aberdeenshire by-elections won by the Scottish Conservatives.
However, Mr Wann has bemoaned a low turnout in the Angus by-election, with a little more than 21.5 percent of those eligible taking part.
Mr Wann said: “To increase the Scottish Conservative share of the vote by 12% was very pleasing, although I was obviously disappointed with the final outcome.
“This is still a great result and another clear sign of rising support in Scotland for our party, which has been backed up by today’s You Gov poll for the Times newspaper.
“People are responding well to our message of standing up for the Union, saying no to a second independence referendum and opposing SNP plans to make Scotland the highest-taxed part of the UK.
“It is disappointing however, that turnout was barely over 20% and we need to do more to get the electorate engaged with politics at a local level.
“With the council elections fast approaching, it is vital that residents get involved in the debate. The outcome of next year’s elections will affect the delivery of key local services like schools, roads maintenance and elderly care in our communities.
“If people want to have a say on these important issues, they have to cast a vote.
“We will shortly be publishing our manifesto for the local government elections next year, and will be working harder than ever to increase the number of Scottish Conservative councillors in every local authority area across the country.”