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SNP candidate Sarah Fanet has vowed to continue her fight for the rights and dignity of EU nationals living in Lochaber after being elected as councillor for the Fort William and Ardnamurchan ward.
Ms Fanet was one of seven candidates who contested the Ward 21 vacancy.
Voters went to the poll last Thursday, December 2, with the by-election count held in Lochaber High School.
Speaking after the results were announced Ms Fanet told the Lochaber Times: ‘I am very honoured to have been elected by the people of the ward of Fort William and Ardnamurchan.
‘Our message which focused on electing a councillor who will engage with people, listen and respond to what matters to them in every community has been heard.
‘On a personal note, I am delighted the people of Lochaber have elected a new councillor who came to the Highlands three decades ago as an EU student and was able to stay thanks to Free Movement.
‘I want all EU nationals living in Lochaber to know that with my party, I will continue to fight for their rights and dignity, so they know that Lochaber is their home, that we want them to stay and feel welcome to vote.’
Ms Fanet also pledged to continue to travel around the ward and ‘hear residents’.
She added: ‘I want to thank my campaign team for their outstanding support over the last six weeks as well as the staff and volunteers who have worked hard to ensure this democratic event could happen.
‘Best wishes to all my fellow candidates. I hope we will find opportunities in future to work together to help the people of Lochaber.
‘In addition to being elected on Friday, my highlight was to see students involved in the counting procedure. Thank you Lochaber High School for giving those young people such a valuable opportunity.
‘I look forward to starting the work to help every community of this ward with the support of the SNP group at Highland Council.
Ms Fanet will join councillors Blair Allan (Scottish National Party); Andrew Baxter (Scottish Conservative and Unionist) and Niall McLean (Scottish National Party) in representing Ward 21 on The Highland Council.
The by-election detailed results can be found at www.highland.gov.uk/byelection
With the election of Sarah Fanet, the current political make-up of The Highland Council is as follows:
Highland Matters (4)
Scottish Conservative and Unionist (10)
Scottish Labour Party (3)
Scottish Liberal Democrats (11)
Scottish National Party (19)
Sutherland Independent Group (1)
*Ward 11, Caol and Mallaig- as this vacancy occurs within six months before the Local Government Election on Thursday, May 5 2022 it will remain vacant.