Shock election of Tory councillor in deprived Paisley community has led some residents to ask if voters were confused by candidates with the same name.
Ferguslie Park residents were yesterday stunned that a Tory councillor had been elected in their ward.
But speculation is rife that voters had plumped for the wrong John McIntyre.
We spoke to voters immediately after the shock announcement, with many claiming the local electorate had thought they’d actually voted for popular local activist John Goudie McIntyre, who was standing as an independent.
Ferguslie Park’s new Conservative councillor himself admitted yesterday that he was “shocked” to have been voted on to Renfrewshire Council.
It’s believed to be the first time in decades that a Conservative has been voted in for the area — the most deprived community in Scotland.
Ian Clark, 37, bed manager at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, was adamant the people had made a mistake at the polling station.
He said: “I think there has been a massive mix-up.
“I think folk were trying to vote for the other John McIntyre from up here and made a mistake.“
His thoughts were echoed by retired teacher Margaret McDermott, 64, who added: “There is a suggestion that people voted for the wrong John McIntyre.
“If it’s true, it’s really bad.
“It’s possible it has been a case of mistaken identity, because I can’t believe a Tory has got in.”