May 4 2012 By Colin Paterson
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LABOUR suffered a bloody nose in the batle for Wishaw's votes but the party came back strong to retain control of North Lanarkshire Council.
The town's four seats on the local authority were split evenly between the SNP and Labour, which meant an increase of one for the SNP.
Sam Love and Frank McKay were both returned as councillors for Labour while the SNP's Marion Fellows and Jim Hume were elected to the council for the first time.
It meant that Labour's James Robertson and the Conservative's Marjory Borthwick were the losers in the Wishaw ward.
With North Lanarkshire Council made up of 70 councillors the new-look local authority has 41 Labour members, 26 from the SNP and three independents.
Labour increased their overall number of councillors from 39 to 41 while the SNP went up from 20 to 26. The Liberal Democrats and Conservatives now have no representation on the local authority while the number of independent councillors is down from nine to three.
Elsewhere in the circulation area of the Wishaw Press there was no change in the political make-up of Murdostoun as voters elected two Labour councillors, one from the SNP and an independent. Alan Clinch and Nicky Shevlin will represent Labour, John Taggart won a slot for the SNP and Robert McKendrick returns as an independent.
In Mothwerwell South East and Ravenscraig, which covers the Craigneuk area, the winners were Kaye Harmon, Gary O'Rorke and Tommy Lunny (Labour), and Alan Valentine (SNP). Previously the ward was made up of two Labour councillors, a Conservative and one from the SNP.
Mothwerwell North saw wins for Shahid Farooq (SNP) and Annita McAuley, Helen McKenna and Peter Nolan (Labour). The representation on the ward remains the same, with three Labour councillors and one nationalist.
In Motherwell West Paul Kelly and Michael Ross were elected for Labour, with Annette Valentine of the SNP joining them. All three retained their spots on the council.
The Fortissat ward, which covers Shotts, returned independent Charlie Cefferty, Thomas Cochrane (SNP) and Jim Robertson (Labour). Again, the political make-up of the ward remains unchanged.
Check next Wednesday's Wishaw Press for more reaction to today's council election results.