Don’t waste your vote, this is your opportunity to choose who you think will work best

Don't forget to vote in the local elections on May 4
Don't forget to vote in the local elections on May 4

Finally, after all the electioneering of the past six weeks, the day has arrived for you to cast your vote in the East Renfrewshire Council elections.

There are five wards — One: Barrhead, Liboside and Uplawmoor; Two: Newton Mearns North and Neilston; Three: Giffnock and Thornliebank; Four: Clarkston, Netherlee and Williamwood and Five: Newton Mearns South and Eaglesham.

There are nine parties fielding candidates — Conservatives, Greens, SNP, Labour, UKIP, SDP, Liberal Democrats, Labour and Co-operative and the Scottish Libertarian Party, along with nine independents who are standing throughout the wards.

Straw polls and feelings from hustings events suggest there may be one or two upsets in the balance of local power, with many of the independents running their campaigns on the basis that residents want a change from a councillor who will only ‘toe the party line’.

The Extra’s John MacInnes will be at the count tomorrow to bring you all the latest live news - you can follow us on our Facebook and Twitter feeds at @ExtraSouthside or

l Watch out for our full report on the winners and losers in next week’s paper, out on Thursday, May 11.