Professor Pongoo, or independent candidate Mike Ferrigan, marches to 5.6% of first-preference votes in Edinburgh
If there was a symbol of the Liberal Democrats’ discomfiture as their vote plummeted across Scotland and the rest of the UK, it came in the shape of a penguin.
In the Pentland Hills ward for Edinburgh city council, the Lib Dem candidate won fewer votes than Professor Pongoo, or independent candidate Mike Ferrigan, who ran his campaign in a full penguin suit.
Professor Pongoo, who stood to raise awareness of social and environmental issues, took 5.6% of first-preference votes to the Lib Dems’ 4.7%.
Lib Dem officials were left having to explain why they were pipped at the poll by a man dressed as a flightless bird.
“It wasn’t a target ward for us,” said one official. “We didn’t put out any paper in that ward; it’s never been a strong area for us.”
Despite not winning the seat, but with his achievement going viral, the penguin has not ruled out running for higher office. A line of T-shirts was said to be in the offing.