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  Penguin p-p-p-picks up more votes than the Lib Dems
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ContributorNew Jerusalem 
Last EditedNew Jerusalem  May 05, 2012 10:56am
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AuthorThe Guardian
MediaNewspaper - Guardian
News DateSaturday, May 5, 2012 04:55:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIf 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.

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