Scottish local elections, 2003

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Scottish local elections, 2003
1999 ←
1 May 2003 (2003-05-01) → 2007

All 1,222 seats to Scottish councils
  First party Second party
  P7210286.jpg John Swinney.JPG
Leader Jack McConnell John Swinney
Party Labour SNP
Leader since 22 November 2001
Seats won 509 181
Seat change Decrease42 Decrease23
Popular vote 611,843 451,660
Percentage 32.6 24.1
Swing Decrease3.7% Decrease4.6%

  Third party Fourth party
  DavidMcLetchieMSP20110509.JPG Jim Wallace.jpg
Leader David McLetchie Jim Wallace
Party Conservative Liberal Democrats
Seats won 122 175
Seat change Increase14 Increase18
Popular vote 282,895 272,057
Percentage 15.1 14.5
Swing Increase1.6 Increase1.9

Scottish council areas 2003.svg

Colours denote the winning party with outright control

The Scottish local elections, 2003 were held on 1 May 2003, the same day as Scottish Parliament elections and local elections in parts of England. All 32 Scottish councils had all their seats up for election – all Scottish councils are unitary authorities.

This was the last election for local government in Scotland to use the first past the post electoral system.

Boundary changes[edit]

Minor council boundary took place to better reflect certain areas:[1]

  • Transfer of properties at Blackburn from Aberdeen City Council to Aberdeenshire Council
  • Transfer of an area of land at West Farm, Broxburn from City of Edinburgh Council to West Lothian Council
  • Transfer of an area of land and properties at Ardoch Sewage Works from Argyll & Bute Council to West Dunbartonshire Council
  • Transfer of an area of land at Braehead from Glasgow City Council to Renfrewshire Council


e • d Summary of the 1 May 2003 Scottish council election results
Parties Votes Votes % +/- Wards Net
Labour 611,843 32.6 −3.7% 509 −42
SNP 451,660 24.1 −4.6% 181 −23
Conservative 282,895 15.1 +1.6% 122 +14
Liberal Democrats 272,057 14.5 +1.9% 175 +18
Independent 189,749 10.1 +3.0% 230 +39
Other 67,533 3.6 +2.0% 4 −6
Total 1,875,737 1,222


Council 1999 result Control before election
(if different)
2003 result Details
Aberdeen City Labour NOC No overall control Details
Aberdeenshire No overall control No overall control Details
Angus SNP SNP Details
Argyll and Bute Independent Independent Details
Clackmannanshire No overall control Labour Details
Dumfries and Galloway Labour No overall control Details
Dundee City No overall control No overall control Details
East Ayrshire Labour Labour Details
East Dunbartonshire No overall control No overall control Details
East Lothian Labour Labour Details
East Renfrewshire No overall control No overall control Details
City of Edinburgh Labour Labour Details
Falkirk Labour No overall control Details
Fife Labour Labour Minority No overall control (Lab[2]) Details
Glasgow City Labour Labour Details
Highland Independent Independent Details
Inverclyde Labour NOC Liberal Democrats Details
Midlothian Labour Labour Details
Moray Independent Independent Details
Na h-Eileanan Siar Independent Independent Details
North Ayrshire Labour Labour Details
North Lanarkshire Labour Labour Details
Orkney Independent Independent Details
Perth and Kinross No overall control No overall control Details
Renfrewshire Labour Labour Details
Scottish Borders No overall control No overall control Details
Shetland Independent Independent Details
South Ayrshire Labour NOC No overall control Details
South Lanarkshire Labour No overall control (Lab minority) Details
Stirling No overall control (Lab minority) Labour Details
West Dunbartonshire Labour Labour Details
West Lothian Labour Labour Details

Notes and references[edit]

Preceded by
Scottish local elections, 1999
Scottish local elections Succeeded by
Scottish local elections, 2007