Politics of Dundee

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Dundee City Council
Dundee Ceety Cooncil
Comhairle Cathair Dhùn Dèagh
Official logo of Dundee City Council
Logo
Dundee council.PNG
Admin HQ Dundee
Government
 • Body Dundee City Council
 • Control Scottish National Party
 • MPs
 • MSPs
Area
 • Total 20 sq mi (60 km2)
Area rank Ranked 32nd
Population (2010 est.)
 • Total 147,000
 • Rank Ranked 14th
 • Density 6,250/sq mi (2,414/km2)
ONS code 00QJ
ISO 3166 code GB-DND
Website www.dundeecity.gov.uk

Politics in the Dundee City (Mòr-bhaile Dhùn Dèagh in Gaelic) council area are evident in the deliberations and decisions of Dundee City Council, in elections to the council, and in elections to the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) and the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster).

In the European Parliament, the city area is within the Scotland constituency, which covers all of the 32 council areas of Scotland.

Dundee City became a unitary council area in 1996, under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994,[1] with the boundaries of the City of Dundee district of the Tayside region, minus a Monifieth area and part of a Sidlaw area, which were transferred from the city area to the new unitary council area of Angus. The city district was also the administrative centre for the region.

The new unitary city council area was named The City of Dundee in the legislation of 1994, but this was changed to Dundee City by a council resolution on 29 June 1995, under section 23 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c. 65).[2] In terms of area, it is the smallest of Scotland's unitary council areas.

The district had been created in 1975, under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, to include: the former county of city of Dundee; a Monifieth area, including the burgh of Monifieth (but not Newtyle and Kettins areas), previously within the county of Angus; and a Longforgan area previously within the county of Perth.

The county of city was created in 1894, and the city area has included the burgh of Broughty Ferry since 1913. Dundee has been a royal burgh since 1191.

City council[edit]

Council meetings take place in the City Chambers, located in City Square. They were opened in 1933.

The council executive is based in Dundee House on North Lindsay Street, but the council previously being based in Tayside House, which is scheduled for demolition as part of the Waterfront project.

Composition and control[edit]

The council consists of 29 councillors:

The SNP has the majority on the council after the 2012 elections, although in the previous council, they had the largest number of seats, the council was initially controlled by a Labour and Liberal Democrat coalition, with the support of the Conservatives. This changed after a March 2009 By Election result which tipped the balance further in the SNPs direction.[3][4]

The council has a history of Labour Party domination. George Galloway was leader for a time, and was responsible for organising Dundee's twinning with the Palestinian city of Nablus.[5]

Positions[edit]

The civic head and chair of the council is known as the Lord Provost. Bob Duncan, an SNP Councillor was made Lord Provost in 2012. A number of councillors are appointed as ceremonial bailies.

The Leader of the Council, as head of the largest political grouping, is Cllr Ken Guild (SNP).

Elections[edit]

Tayside House
Former home of Dundee City Council

General elections to the council are held on a four year cycle, with the last on Thursday 3 May 2007.

Councillors are elected from subdivisions of the city area called wards. At present they are elected form 29 single-member wards. by the plurality (first past the post) system of election. As a result of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004,[6] eight new wards are to be introduced for the 2007 election, each electing three or four members by the single transferable vote system of election, to produce a form of proportional representation. The total number of councillors will remain the same. A By-Election was held on 12 March 2009 due to the resignation of Councillor Joe Morrow who was a councillor for Labour. The SNP’s Craig Melville took the seat.

Wards[edit]

1999 to 2007[edit]

Existing wards, listed below, were first used for elections in 1999. The names and parties of current councillors are also listed:[3]

Ward Councillor Party
Ninewells Nigel Don Scottish National Party
Camperdown John Letford Independent
Balgay Bob Duncan Scottish National Party
Lochee West Jill Shimi Labour
Riverside Neil Powrie Conservative
Brackens Ian Borthwick Independent
Ardler Kevin Keenan Labour
Balgowan Rikki Beattie Scottish Nationalist
Claverhouse Andrew Dawson Scottish National Party
Whitfield Willie Sawers Scottish National Party
Longhaugh Joe Fitzpatrick Scottish National Party
Pitkerro Christina Roberts Scottish National Party
Douglas George Regan Labour
Barnhill Bruce Mackie Conservative
Balgillo Roderick Wallace Conservative
Broughty Ferry Charles Webster Conservative
West Ferry Derek Scott Conservative
Craigiebank John Corrigan Scottish National Party
Strathmartine Helen Dick Liberal Democrat
Lochee East Charles Farquhar Labour
Tay Bridges Fraser Macpherson Liberal Democrat
Logie James Barrie Scottish National Party
Law Julia Sturrock Labour
East Port William Dawson Scottish National Party
Baxter Park Elizabeth Fordyce Scottish National Party
Hilltown Fiona Grant Labour
Bowbridge Christopher Hind Labour
Stobswell Craig Meville Scottish National Party
Fairmuir Helen Wright Labour
Dundee City Square
Caird Hall is the building at the back of the square
The building on the right is Dundee City Chambers, where the city council meets
Created in 2007[edit]

The first elections using the new boundaries and using the STV system to vote were held on 3 May 2007. The results were

Ward Seats Councillors Party
Strathmartine 4 Stewart Hunter

Ian Borthwick

Kevin Keenan

Helen Dick

Scottish National Party(SNP)

Independent

Labour

Liberal Democrat

Lochee 4 Bob Duncan

Alan Ross[7]

John Letford[8]

Tom Ferguson

SNP

SNP

Labour

Labour

West End 4 Jim Barrie

Donald Hay

Richard McCready

Fraser McPherson

SNP

Conservative

Labour

Liberal Democrat

Coldside 4 Jimmy Black

Dave Bowes

Mohammed Asif

Helen Wright

SNP

SNP

Labour

Labour

Maryfield 3 Liz Fordyce

Ken Lynn

Craig Melville[9][10]

SNP

SNP

SNP

North East 3 Andy Dawson

Willie Sawers

Brian Gordon

SNP

SNP

Labour

East End 3 Will Dawson

Christina Roberts

George Regan

SNP

SNP

Labour

The Ferry 4 Ken Guild

Laurie Bidwell

Derek Scott

Rod Wallace

SNP

Labour

Conservative

Conservative

2012 Results[edit]
Ward Seats Councillors Party
Strathmartine 4 Stewart Hunter

Ian Borthwick

Kevin Keenan

John Alexander

Scottish National Party(SNP)

Independent

Labour

SNP

Lochee 4 Bob Duncan

Alan Ross

Norma McGovern

Tom Ferguson

SNP

SNP

Labour

Labour

West End 4 Bill Campbell

Vari McDonald

Richard McCready

Fraser McPherson

SNP

SNP

Labour

Liberal Democrat

Coldside 4 Jimmy Black

Dave Bowes

Mohammed Asif

Helen Wright

SNP

SNP

Labour

Labour

Maryfield 3 Georgia Cruickshank

Ken Lynn

Craig Melville

Labour

SNP

SNP

North East 3 Gregor Murray

Willie Sawers

Brian Gordon

SNP

SNP

Labour

East End 3 Will Dawson

Christina Roberts

Lesley Brennan

SNP

SNP

Labour

The Ferry 4 Ken Guild

Laurie Bidwell

Derek Scott

Kevin Cordell

SNP

Labour

Conservative

SNP

Scottish Parliament[edit]

For elections to the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) the city area is divided between two constituencies. The Dundee City East (Holyrood) constituency and the Dundee City West (Holyrood) constituency are entirely within the city area.

Both constituencies are within the North East Scotland electoral region. The region elects a total of tenfirst past the post constituency Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) and seven additional members, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Boundaries date from 1999, when the parliament itself was created.

Currently, Shona Robison (SNP) is MSP for the Dundee City East constituency and, Joe FitzPatrick (SNP) is MSP for the Dundee City West constituency.

Parliament of the United Kingdom[edit]

For elections to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster), the city area is divided between the Dundee East (Westminster) constituency and the Dundee West (Westminster) constituency. These constituencies also include portions of the Angus council area.[11]

Current boundaries date from 2005. Prior to the 2005 general election, the constituencies had the boundaries of now existing Scottish Parliament constituencies, with north-eastern and north-western portions of the city area being covered by the Angus (Westminster) constituency.

Currently, Stewart Hosie (Scottish National Party) is Member of Parliament (MP) for the Dundee East constituency, and James McGovern (Labour) is MP for the Dundee West constituency.

Historic constituencies[edit]

As a royal burgh, Dundee was represented as a component of the Perth Burghs constituency from 1708 to 1832, when the Dundee burgh constituency was created. In 1868 the burgh constituency became a two-member constituency.

East and West single-member constituencies have existed, with varying boundaries, since 1950.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, full text, Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website
    OPSI home page
  2. ^ Edinburgh Gazette, July 7, 1995
  3. ^ a b Dundee City Council Political Make-up, Dundee City Council website
  4. ^ Dundee Tory leader hits out at critic, Evening Telegraph (publisher DC Thomson), 28 February 2005
  5. ^ As council leader, he flew the Palestinian flag over Dundee, according to Torcuil Crichton in Kebabs Over Baghdad?, Sunday Herald, 25 April 2004
  6. ^ Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, full text, Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website
  7. ^ Nigel Don was originally elected; however he was also elected as an MSP for North-East Scotland. A by-election in late 2007 elected Alan Ross to replace him.
  8. ^ John Letford resigned from the Labour group on 24th March 2009 and now sits as an independent councillor
  9. ^ Won the March 2009 By Election. Replaced Joe Morrow (Labour)
  10. ^ http://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/output/2009/03/13/story12769982t0.shtm
  11. ^ Fifth Periodical Review of Constituencies, Boundary Commission for Scotland, in which review-period boundaries for Westminster constituencies are those of now existing Holyrood constituencies

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Local political parties: