Glasgow City Council election, 2012

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Glasgow City Council election, 2012
Scotland
2007 ←
3 May 2012 (2012-05-03)
→ 2017

All 79 seats to Glasgow City Council
40 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Gordon Matheson Graeme Hendry Martha Wardrop
Party Labour SNP Scottish Green
Leader's seat Anderston/City Garscadden/Scotstounhill Hillhead
Last election 45 seats, 43.31% 22 seats, 24.58% 5 seats, 6.48%
Seats won 44 27 5
Seat change Decrease1 Increase5 Steady0
Popular vote 67,341 46,947 7,999
Percentage 46.72% 32.57% 5.55%
Swing Increase3.40% Increase7.99% Decrease0.93%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader David Meikle Margot Clark Stephen Dornan
Party Conservative Liberal Democrats Glasgow First
Leader's seat Pollokshields Linn Govan
Last election 1 seat, 7.67% 5 seats, 7.91% New party
Seats won 1 1 1
Seat change Steady0 Decrease4 Increase1
Popular vote 8,567 4,221 2,544
Percentage 5.94% 2.93% 1.76%
Swing Decrease1.73% Decrease4.98% Increase1.76%

Glasgow City Council election 2012.svg

The 21 multi-member wards

Council Leader before election

Gordon Matheson
Labour

Council Leader after election

Gordon Matheson
Labour

Elections to Glasgow City Council were held on 3 May 2012, the same day as the other Scottish local government elections. The election was the second using 21 new wards created as a results of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, each ward elected three or four councillors using the single transferable vote system a form of proportional representation.[1]

The election in Glasgow attracted the most attention out of the local elections in Scotland as there were many predictions that the Scottish Labour Party would lose control of the council due to losses of seats to the Scottish National Party.[2] The Labour administration had suffered from a number of defections of council members to the newly formed Glasgow First party and controversy surrounding Councillor's salaries and contracts.[3] In the end, Labour remained in control, losing just 1 seat, while the SNP gained 5. The Scottish Liberal Democrats were reduced to holding just 1 seat on the Council, the same numbers as the Glasgow First party and the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party who retained their solitary seat. The Scottish Green Party retained 5 seats on the authority.

After the elections Labour again formed a controlling administration on the City Council.

Election result[edit]

Glasgow City Local Election Result 2012
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 44 1 2 Decrease 1 55.70 46.72 67,341 +3.40
  SNP 27 5 0 Increase 5 34.17 32.57 46,947 +7.99
  Scottish Green 5 1 1 Steady 0 6.33 5.55 7,999 -0.93
  Conservative 1 0 0 Steady 0 1.27 5.94 8,567 -1.73
  Liberal Democrats 1 0 4 Decrease 4 1.27 2.93 4,221 -4.98
  Glasgow First 1 1 0 Increase 1 1.27 1.76 2,544 +1.76
  Independent 0 - - - - 1.7 2,432 +0.59
  Scottish Socialist 0 - - - - 0.7 979 -1.76
  TUSC 0 - - - - 0.4 636 +0.4
  Solidarity 0 0 1 Decrease 1 0 0.4 621 -4.31
  Scottish Unionist 0 0 0 0 0 0.4 586 -0.67
  UKIP 0 - - - - 0.3 441 +0.3
  Scottish Christian 0 - - - - 0.2 354 -0.13
  Socialist Labour 0 - - - - 0.2 271 +0.2
  Pirate 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 97 0.1
  Britannica Party 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 73 0.1
Turnout 144,149 32.4%

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes. The net gain/loss and percentage changes relate to the result of the previous Scottish local elections on 3 May 2007. This may differ from other published sources showing gain/loss relative to seats held at dissolution of Scotland's councils.

Ward results[edit]

Ward 1: Linn[edit]

Councillors
Labour Labour SNP Liberal Democrats

Ward 2: Newlands/Auldburn[edit]

2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP
2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP
2007-2012 Change: No change

  • = Outgoing Councillor from a different Ward.

Ward 3: Greater Pollok[edit]

2007: 3xLab; 1xSNP
2012: 2xLab; 2xSNP
2007-2012 Change: SNP gain one seat from Lab

  • = Outgoing Councillor from a different Ward.

Ward 4: Craigton[edit]

2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP; 1xSol
2012: 2xLab; 2xSNP
2007-2012 Change: SNP gain one seat from Sol