The SNP has increased its gains in the council elections following the results of a delayed local authority ballot.

The election in Dunoon, Argyll and Bute, was rescheduled by a week after the death of SNP candidate Alister MacAlister.

Polling stations closed at 10pm last night with a turnout of 41.42% and the result was declared at the Queen's Hall around an hour and a half later.

The SNP`s Mike Breslin took 663 first-preference votes, second place in the multi-member ward behind independent Dick Walsh, who received 777 votes.

A second independent, Jimmy McQueen, was also elected with 432 first-preference votes.

The result takes the SNP`s representation on Argyll and Bute Council to 13, with 15 independents, four Conservatives and four Liberal Democrats.

Despite the delayed election, the SNP had already formed an administration in coalition with independent members and local group Argyll First.

Last night`s result takes the final tally of SNP councillors to 425, with Labour on 394, the Conservatives on 115, the Lib Dems on 71 and the Greens on 14.

Deals are being struck around Scotland's 32 councils.

On Wednesday, Labour reached an agreement with the Conservatives to run Aberdeen, giving it the lead role in the three largest cities.

Labour won a majority in Glasgow last week and formed a coalition with the SNP in Edinburgh.

Meanwhile, the election will be re-run in one ward after officials discovered that a box of ballots was not counted.

The mistake in the Langside ward of Glasgow could force a newly-elected Green councillor from his seat.

Liam Hainey, a 21-year-old Glasgow University student, gained a place on the city council at the expense of Liberal Democrat group leader Paul Coleshill.