Both OMG candidates at the Orkney Islands Council election on 4 May were successful in taking seats in their ward. Indeed, both were elected on the strength of first preference votes alone.
Cllr Rachael King, convener of the OMG, headed the poll in the West Mainland, ahead of Harvey Johnston, Owen Tierney and Duncan Tullock. Cllr John Richards was runner up to Leslie Manson in Kirkwall West and Orphir, with Barbara Foulkes and Sandy Cowie some way behind.
Cllr King comments ”I’m very grateful to the electorate for placing their trust so clearly in our two OMG candidates at this election. The OMG has now won in every ward which it has contested at three elections. If there was still any doubt, this result shows that the electorate in Orkney is more than prepared to support local political party candidates in OIC elections, provided that the right candidates are fielded with the right approach to Orkney’s problems.”