THE Scottish Conservatives have significantly increased their presence on local authority administrations as a result of the elections earlier this month.
The party holds some level of power on 15 of the 29 mainland authorities, and is the largest party in three.
Prior to this year’s elections, the party also held power on three councils, but only had representation on the leading administration on 11 local authorities.
It signals an increased representation at local level, and reaffirms the Scottish Conservatives as the third party in Scotland.
Scottish Conservatives local government campaign co-ordinator John Lamont MSP said:
“As the true party of localism, this increased presence signals good news for people and communities across Scotland.
“As part of our campaign we highlighted many ways in which we would enhance powers for local councils, who are best placed to make decisions which affect their area.
“We have a terrific number of people all over Scotland whose hard work has resulted in this improved position, and I look forward to seeing the benefits in many communities.”