Jackie Baillie has told of her delight after Fiona Howard made history in becoming Helensburgh Central’s first Scottish Labour Councillor.

The former local newspaper editor was elected onto Argyll and Bute Council following the local government elections last week.

She will now be a strong voice for local people to ensure the best interests of Helensburgh are represented on the Council.

Meanwhile Scottish Labour’s Watson Robinson missed out on being elected in the Lomond North ward despite polling hundreds of votes.

Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton constituency MSP, said: “I am thrilled for Fiona Howard on becoming the area’s first Labour Councillor. I have no doubt that she will do an excellent job in standing up for the people who stay and work in the town to ensure their voices are heard and their views are represented.

“She has a detailed knowledge of the area and the priorities and concerns of its residents. Helensburgh is in safe hands with Fiona as its spokesperson.

“I also want to congratulate Watson Robinson in ensuring the people of Lomond North were given the chance to vote for a candidate dedicated to his community and for leading a positive campaign.”

Councillor Fiona Howard said: “It is an immense privilege to be elected to represent Scottish Labour on Argyll and Bute Council. I want to thank everyone who put their faith in me by voting for me last Thursday. I will do everything in my power to ensure your vote was worthwhile.

“I guarantee I will work hard for the Helensburgh Central community and for all residents across the area to ensure our Council is acting in your best interests, spending public money wisely and making sure the right decisions are being made.”

Watson Robinson said: “Thank you to everyone who voted for me. I promise to continue my hard work with Garelochhead Community Council and wish to congratulate my colleague Councillor Fiona Howard on her election to Argyll and Bute Council. Well done Fiona.”

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