THE Conservatives suffered a blow in North Berwick Coastal as they dropped from two councillors to one, with the SNP making their second gain of the day.

The SNP’s Liz Allan pipped both Conservative Judy Lockhart-Hunter and the Greens’ Jacq Cottrell to the final seat.

Labour’s Carol McFarlane had finished with the most first-preference votes in the ward, followed by the Conservatives’ Jeremy Findlay, who was successfully re-elected.

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Stuart Smith had the Liberal Democrats’ strongest showing so far but still finished a long way behind the Greens, while both Alison Carter of the Scottish Family Party and George Cowen of UKIP finished with fewer than 30 first-preference votes.

North Berwick Coastal ward first-preference votes:

Carol McFarlane (Labour): 1,447

Jeremy Findlay (Conservative): 1,389

Liz Allan (SNP): 1,316

Judy Lockhart-Hunter (Conservative): 1,280

Jacq Cottrell (Green): 901

Stuart Smith (Liberal Democrats): 425

Alison Carter (Scottish Family Party): 29

George Cowen (UKIP): 18