Labour retains Coatbridge West council seat
He gained almost four times as many votes as the other four candidates combined only one of whom took their tally into treble figures as less than a quarter of eligible voters chose to take part in the poll.
the vote, and added that the 24 per cent turnout was "appalling".
He had said in his declaration speech: "I'd like to dedicate this victory to the memory of Tom Maginnis; he made the electorate's choice very easy with his sterling work over many years.
The troubled Liberal Democrats, whose candidate was former councillor John Love, were last, managing just 19 votes.
"However, I thought the turnout was appalling people need to know that it's important to vote, and those who don't are always the first to complain about what's wrong in their communities.
He said: "We'd hoped to gather more votes, as there was a tremendous effort by our team over the four weeks.
Last placed candidate Mr Love added his tribute to those for his "good friend" Tom Maginnis, saying: "The people of this area had a brilliant councillor who guarded this ward and treated everybody like family.
"I believe the electors in Coatbridge West have seen through the empty promises of other parties; and expressed confidence in me to work for everyone in this area and to represent its interests."
"Now my priorities for the ward will come from surgeries and people telling me what their concerns are."
Mr Docherty gained 2145 first preference votes, his total of 78 per cent easily outstripping the required quota of 1361 at the first stage of counting.
Conservative candidate Ashley Baird was third with 71 votes; Billy Mitchell of UKIP, who was not at the count, received 34.
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The newly elected Councillor Docherty who has been involved with the area's community council, crime prevention panel and credit union told the Advertiser after the declaration: "I'm over the moon.
"The main issue that people discussed on the doorsteps was employment and what could be done to improve that.
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Tory candidate Ms Baird was pleased by the campaign, saying: "It went really well and we had a very amicable response."
"I wish Kevin Docherty all the best; I hope he does a tremendous job for the people of Coatbridge West and has an extremely fruitful term of office."
452 votes when the result was declared at Old Monkland community centre at 11.15pm.
Kevin Docherty retained the vacant Coatbridge West seat for Labour in the North Lanarkshire Council by election.
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