Highland Council election, 1995

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The first elections to the Highland Council were held on 6 April 1995; the same day as elections to the 31 other new councils in Scotland. 72 councillors were elected from 72 wards using the plurality system (a.k.a. 'First Past the Post'). Independent councillors retained their status as the majority group, with councillors also being elected representing the Conservative Party, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, and Scottish National Party. The newly elected council existed in 'shadow' form until it assumed its full powers on 1 April 1996.

Overall result[edit]

The Highland Council elections, 1995
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Independent 49 68.06 61.22 40,358
  SNP 9 12.50 17.36 11,441
  Labour 7 9.72 12.20 8,043
  Liberal Democrats 6 8.33 7.65 5,041
  Conservative 1 1.39 0.90 596
  Scottish Green 0 0.54 358
  Scottish Christian Democrats 0 0.13 83

Caithness[edit]

The Highland Council election, 1995: Thurso West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent EC MacDonald 759
Independent JH Fry 508
Majority 251
The Highland Council election, 1995: Thurso East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent DM Waters 920
Independent WS Smith 415
Majority 505
The Highland Council election, 1995: Wick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent A Murray Unopposed
The Highland Council election, 1995: Pulteney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent JW Oag 579
Independent A Henderson 470
Majority 109
The Highland Council election, 1995: North-East Caithness
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent JH Green 587
Independent DA Richard 476
Majority 111
The Highland Council election, 1995: South-East Caithness
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats WA Mowat 611
Independent P Sutherland 354
Independent J Smith 118
Majority 257
The Highland Council election, 1995: Central Caithness
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent JM Young 919
SNP WD Brown 182
Scottish Christian Democrats N MacInnes 83
Majority 737
The Highland Council election, 1995: West Caithness
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent JM Mowat 366
Independent AI MacDonald 291
SNP DA Manson 277
Majority 75

Sutherland[edit]

The Highland Council election, 1995: Dornoch
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent JD Allan 680
Independent S Board 206
Majority 474
The Highland Council election, 1995: Ardgay and Bonar Bridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent GW Holden 426
Independent RE Taylor 307
Majority 119
The Highland Council election, 1995: Central Sutherland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent AL Magee 366
Liberal Democrats A Murray 281
Majority 281
The Highland Council election, 1995: North-West Sutherland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent FR Keith 405
Independent L MacKenzie 346
Majority 59
The Highland Council election, 1995: Tongue and Farr
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent A MacKay 341
Liberal Democrats EB Jardine 336
Majority 5
The Highland Council election, 1995: Golspie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent DI MacRae 466
Independent HM Houston 355
Majority 111
The Highland Council election, 1995: Brora and Kildonan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent RR McDonald 757
Independent M Fielding 241
Majority 516

Skye and Lochalsh[edit]

The Highland Council election, 1995: Lochalsh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats JF Munro Unopposed
The Highland Council election, 1995: Kyle and Sleat
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent W Fulton 320
Independent JA Mackay 169
Independent AR McKerlich 134
Majority 151
The Highland Council election, 1995: Broadford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP FM MacLennan 331
Independent E MacKenzie 279
Independent T Rayner 119
Majority 52
The Highland Council election, 1995: Portree
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent AM Millar 248
Independent DM Burd 210
Labour V Samuels 133
Majority 38
The Highland Council election, 1995: Staffin
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP GC Moncrieff 322
Liberal Democrats D Grant 260
Independent D MacDonald 175
Majority 62
The Highland Council election, 1995: Dunvegan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent AM Beaton 447
Labour LS Shurmer 134
Majority 313

Ross and Cromarty[edit]

The Highland Council election, 1995: Tain
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats JH Stone 1,079
Independent A Rhind 653
SNP DW Louden 412
Majority 426
The Highland Council election, 1995: Fearn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent JW Paterson 627
Labour JK Boocock 472
Liberal Democrats AD Scobbie 257
Majority 155
The Highland Council election, 1995: Invergordon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent I Rhind 663
SNP R Gibson 490
Independent G Kelman 308
Labour AM Byron 199
Majority 173
The Highland Council election, 1995: Black Isle East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent DJ McPherson 1,127
Liberal Democrats IJ MacLeod 736
Majority 391
The Highland Council election, 1995: Black Isle West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent B Beattie 627
Labour M MacMillan 459
Independent T Anderson 346
Majority 168
The Highland Council election, 1995: Alness and Ardross
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP A Anderson 666
Independent JE MacInnes 314
Independent R Mardon 137
Majority 352
The Highland Council election, 1995: Ferindonald
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent V MacIver 713
Independent DL Dunbar 453
Labour ME MacDonald 282
Majority 260
The Highland Council election, 1995: Dingwall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP MB Paterson Unopposed
The Highland Council election, 1995: Ord and Conon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent DY Philip 654
Independent H Fraser 548
SNP S MacKenzie 407
Independent N McWhinney 39
Majority 106
The Highland Council election, 1995: Maryburgh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP DW Briggs 896
Conservative J Scott 448
Scottish Green E Scott 136
Majority 448
The Highland Council election, 1995: Lochbroom
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent DR Green 443
SNP J Urquhart 201
Labour L Chilton 78
Majority 242
The Highland Council election, 1995: Gairloch and Garve
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent HR MacIntyre 616
Independent GJ Harvey 286
Majority 330
The Highland Council election, 1995: Lochcarron
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent DN Cameron 478
Independent AI MacArthur 150
Majority 328

Inverness[edit]

The Highland Council election, 1995: Strathnairn and Strathdearn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent KG Matheson 443
SNP DA Cunningham 253
Independent CM Thomson 167
Majority 190
The Highland Council election, 1995: East Loch Ness
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent E MacRae 483
SNP LA MacRae 184
Majority 299
The Highland Council election, 1995: Fort Augustus
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent PC Paterson 415
Independent HM Cary 290
Independent AW MacKenzie 217
SNP PJ Findlay 171
Majority 125
The Highland Council election, 1995: Drumnadrochit
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent MC Davidson 251
SNP AK MacPherson 236
Majority 15
The Highland Council election, 1995: Beauly
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP JS Munro 611
Independent JA Sellar 297
Majority 314
The Highland Council election, 1995: Kirkhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent SJ Shiels 360
Independent M Doyle 263
Conservative CF Spencer-Nairn 148
Majority 97
The Highland Council election, 1995: Scorguie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour JT MacDonald 639
Liberal Democrats RJ Mackay 237
SNP S MacKenzie 168
Majority 402
The Highland Council election, 1995: Merkinch
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour AD MacLean 813
SNP IA MacIllechiar 640
Majority 173
The Highland Council election, 1995: Muirtown
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour CM Cumming 788
Independent A Chisholm 382
SNP NG Will 172
Liberal Democrats J Horne 124
Majority 406
The Highland Council election, 1995: Columba
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour JW Thomson 547
Independent A Milne 524
SNP G Totten 121
Majority 23
The Highland Council election, 1995: Drummond
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent MA MacLennan 708
Independent WA Fraser 495
SNP JM Murgatroyd 190
Majority 213
The Highland Council election, 1995: Alt na Sgitheach
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour CL Goodman 667
Independent HH Sutherland 442
SNP A Begbie 337
Majority 225
The Highland Council election, 1995: Hilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A Darlington 643
SNP SA Brogan 496
Majority 147
The Highland Council election, 1995: Old Edinburgh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent A Sellar 1,027
SNP AJ Paterek 247
Majority 780
The Highland Council election, 1995: Canal
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent WJ Smith 621
Labour CM Grant 502
SNP CM Forbes 223
Majority 119
The Highland Council election, 1995: Raigmore
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour DR Munro 722
Independent M Bernardi 321
SNP C Brogan 138
Majority 401
The Highland Council election, 1995: Inshes
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent JN Home 633
Liberal Democrats DW Fraser 440
SNP I Cameron 231
Labour A Watson 189
Scottish Green MT Falconer 100
Independent TM Honnor 96
Majority 193
The Highland Council election, 1995: Culloden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats JC Cole 680
SNP R Wynd 564
Labour W McGarrity 284
Majority 116
The Highland Council election, 1995: Ardersier
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent PJ Peacock 971
Independent J Cattell 257
SNP WJ Reynolds 208
Majority 714

Nairn[edit]

The Highland Council election, 1995: East Nairn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent W Shand 370
Independent D McDonald 360
Majority 10
The Highland Council election, 1995: North Nairn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent JN Matheson 303
Independent PL Gordon 279
Independent T Crane 85
Majority 24
The Highland Council election, 1995: Auldearn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent AS Park 411
SNP E MacDonald 311
Majority 100
The Highland Council election, 1995: Cawdor
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative NJ Graham Unopposed
The Highland Council election, 1995: West Nairn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent D Fraser Unopposed

Badenoch and Strathspey[edit]

The Highland Council election, 1995: Laggan, Dalwhinnie and Newtonmore
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats AJ Russell Unopposed
The Highland Council election, 1995: Kingussie and Kincraig
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent TR Wade 324
Independent S Paton 280
Independent WD MacKenzie 228
SNP A Lindsay 140
Majority 44
The Highland Council election, 1995: Aviemore
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP I Glen 385
Independent CA Haggerty 326
Majority 59
The Highland Council election, 1995: Carrbridge and Nethy Bridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent FD Black 565
Independent D Ritchie 186
Majority 379
The Highland Council election, 1995: Dulnain Bridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent A Gordon Unopposed
The Highland Council election, 1995: Grantown
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent BM Dunlop 367
Independent G McCulloch 363
Majority 4

Lochaber[edit]

The Highland Council election, 1995: Mallaig and the Small Isles
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent C King 434
SNP FM Dickson 251
Majority 183
The Highland Council election, 1995: Ardnamurchan and Morvern
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats ME Foxley Unopposed
The Highland Council election, 1995: Kilmallie and Invergarry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP E Harper 660
Independent EH Wallace 194
Majority 466
The Highland Council election, 1995: Caol
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent O Macdonald 657
Labour JK MacKay 492
Majority 165
The Highland Council election, 1995: North Fort William and Inverlochy
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent IJ MacDonald 660
Scottish Green DL Tayar 122
Majority 538
The Highland Council election, 1995: Claggan and Glen Spean
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP I MacDonald 320
Independent J Anderson 207
Independent M Fraser 167
Independent A Mackin 104
Majority 113
The Highland Council election, 1995: Fort William South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent N Clark 436
Independent RW Morgan 294
Independent IM Chisholm 154
Majority 142
The Highland Council election, 1995: Glencoe and Nether Lochaber
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent AR MacFarlane-Slack Unopposed


Preceded by
First election
Elections to the Highland Council Succeeded by
The Highland Council election, 1999

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