Moray council election, 2007

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Elections to The Moray Council were held on 3 May 2007, the same day as the Scottish Parliament election. The election was the first using the eight new wards created under the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004. 26 councillors were elected. Each ward elected either 3 or 4 members, using the STV electoral system. Previously there were single-member wards which used the first past the post electoral system. The election resulted in a previously Independent council becoming an Independent/Conservative coalition, with a majority of four. An SNP victory in a subsequent by-election held in February 2008 has reduced the Independent/Conservative majority to 2 seats.

Election summary[edit]

The Moray Council elections 2007
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Independent 12 n/a n/a –4 46.15 36.94 12,535
  SNP 9 n/a n/a +6 34.62 35.19 11,942
  Conservative 3 n/a n/a +2 11.54 15.84 5,374
  Labour 2 n/a n/a -3 7.69 8.68 2,945
  Liberal Democrats 0 n/a n/a -1 0 1.73 587
  Scottish Senior Citizens 0 n/a n/a 0 0 1.29 438
  UKIP 0 n/a n/a 0 0 0.34 116

Ward results[edit]

Speyside Glenlivet
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
SNP Pearl Paul 1,107 29.17 1 1
SNP Mike McConnachie 881 23.21 2 2
Conservative Gordon Henderson 658 17.34
Independent Fiona Murdoch 571 15.05 3 5
Independent Andrina Taylor 462 12.17
UKIP Matthew Desmond 116 3.06
Keith and Cullen
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
SNP Gary Coull 1,555 36.87 1 1
Independent Ron Shepherd 827 19.61 2 4
Independent Stewart Cree 698 16.55 3 4
Independent Percy Watt 582 13.80
Liberal Democrats Peter Matheson 300 7.11
Conservative Olive Starsmore 256 6.07
Buckie
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
SNP Gordon McDonald 1,188 32.40 1 1
Independent Anne McKay 708 19.31 2 4
Independent Joe Mackay 698 19.03 3 4
Labour John Leslie 507 13.83
Conservative Ian Moir 397 10.83
Independent Bruce Smith 169 4.61
Fochabers Lhanbryde
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
SNP Anita McDonald 1,159 28.86 1 1
Conservative Douglas Ross 727 18.10 3 7
Independent George McIntyre 608 15.14 2 7
Labour Lans Bangura 440 10.96
Independent Eddie Coutts 374 9.31
Independent Paul McBain 333 8.29
Liberal Democrats Peter Horton 287 7.15
Independent Gordon Davidson 56 1.39
Independent Alan Bodman 32 0.79
Heldon and Laich
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
SNP David Stewart 1,646 31.0 1 1
Independent Eric McGillivray 813 15.31 2 7
Independent John Hogg 744 14.01 3 8
Conservative Allan Wright 606 11.41 4 8
Independent Chris Tuke 531 10.0
Independent Harry Halkett 354 6.67
Independent Eric Paton 254 4.78
Independent Des Donaldson 155 2.92
Independent Martyn Harris 114 2.15
Independent Neil Hutchinson 92 1.73
Elgin City North
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
SNP Mike Shand 1,500 41.33 1 1
Labour Barry Jarvis 866 23.86 2 2
Independent John Russell 671 18.50 3 2
Conservative Frank Brown 592 16.31
Elgin City South
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
SNP Graham Leadbitter 1,304 33.16 1 1
Labour John Divers 1,132 28.79 2 1
Independent Alistair Bisset 904 22.99 3 2
Conservative Dennis Thompson 592 15.06
Forres
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
SNP Irene Ogilvie 1,602 29.83 1 1
Conservative Iain Young 1,546 28.78 2 1
Independent Jeff Hamilton 716 13.33 3 5
Independent Lee Bell 482 8.97 4 5
Scottish Senior Citizens Thomas Anderson 438 8.15
Independent Pat Carroll 326 6.07
Independent Rick Walker 261 4.86

By-elections since 2007[edit]

On 14 February 2008, a by-election was held for the Elgin City South ward, after the death of Cllr A G K Bisset (Independent).

Elgin City South By-Election (February 14, 2008)- 1 seat[1]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9
SNP John Alexander Sharp 32.10 670 670 672 672 679 685 706 763 884
Independent Hamish Simpson 24.3 513 513 518 523 527 540 612 722 845
Labour Mark Cascarino 17.0 358 358 361 363 370 380 403 459  
Independent James Scott Allan 10.6 223 224 227 229 233 240 278    
Conservative Frank Brown 9.8 206 206 206 208 216 223      
Liberal Democrats Peter J Horton 2.3 48 48 49 50 53        
Scottish Senior Citizens Andy Anderson 1.5 32 32 32 37          
UKIP Matthew Coughlan Desmond 1.0 20 20 20            
Independent Martyn Harris 0.8 16 16              
Independent Gordon Davidson 0.1 1                
SNP gain from Independent Swing
Electorate: 7,886   Valid: 2,087   Spoilt: 25   Quota: 1,044   Turnout: 2,112

On 11 November 2010, a by-election was held for the Forres ward, after the retirement of Cllr Iain Young (Conservative).

Forres By-Election (November 11, 2010)- 1 seat[2]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
SNP Aaron John McLean 24.1 773 774 789 800 837 899 950 1,045
Independent Lorna Creswell 17.5 562 576 615 686 726 878 999 1,399
Independent Anne Audrey Skene 14.4 463 464 491 541 572 695 860  
Conservative Paul McBain 14.4 463 464 476 486 491 511    
Scottish Green Fabio Villani 12.5 401 405 419 433 459      
Labour Mark Cascarino 6.1 195 195 201 205        
Independent Janet Kennedy 6.0 192 194 201          
Scottish Senior Citizens Andy Anderson 4.1 132 135            
Independent Jane Elizabeth Cotton 0.9 30              
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Electorate: 11,224   Valid: 3,210   Spoilt: 23   Quota: 1,606   Turnout: 3,233 (28.8%)


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Preceded by
Moray Council election, 2003
Moray Council elections Succeeded by
Moray Council election, 2012