THE SNP have won the Clackmannanshire North by-election amid extreme weather across the UK.

Nicola Sturgeon has already tweeted her congratulations to Helen Lewis, who will be the new councillor for the area.

The turnout in Clackmannanshire (Clackmannanshire North) was at 24.7%, the highest of the four by-elections today.

In the rest of the UK, the Liberal Democrats narrowly held a seat in the Exmouth Town ward of East Devon District Council, where the turnout was 12.4%.

The Conservatives held two seats at Basingstoke and Deane (Kempshott ward), where the turnout was 20.6%, and at Solihull (Blythe), where the turnout was 15.8%.

Clackmannanshire Council said in a statement on its website ahead of polling: "Advice from the Electoral Commission is that there are no provisions in law for the adjournment or abandonment of a poll or to postpone it due to adverse weather. Voters are advised to take extra care."

Councils said they were unable to postpone the polls under the law.