1969 Edinburgh Corporation election

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Results by ward.

An Election to the Edinburgh Corporation was held on 6 May 1969, alongside municipal elections across Scotland. Of the councils 68 seats, 23 were up for election.[1]

Following the election, with two by-elections pending, Edinburgh Corporation was composed of 29 Progressives, 17 Labour councillors, 10 SNP councillors, 7 Conservatives, 2 Liberals, and 2 independents. The Conservatives in particular did well, gaining 4 councillors. Two of these gains were at the expense of Labour, in mainly working class wards. The SNP, in contrast, who had done so well at the previous election, only gained Sighthill.[1]

Following the election, the Progressives and Conservative coalition retained controlled of the council with a majority of 2. There was some friction between the two sides however, with the Conservatives unseating Mr Robert McLaughlin, the former leader of the Progressive group and the deputy chairman of the council for 7 years, in the St. Andrews ward. The Conservatives also gained Colinton, the seat of the retiring Lord Provost Brechin. The seat was not contested by the Progressives.[1] Most Progressive losses, with the exception of St. Andrews ward, were caused by incumbent Progressives stepping down and being replaced with new Conservative councillors. In Merchiston however the Conservative candidate was defeated, with the Liberals instead gaining the seat, meaning that the Liberals controlled 2 out of the 3 Merchiston ward seats.[1]

Turnout was 114,582.

Aggregate results[edit]

Edinburgh Corporation election, 1969[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Progressives 10 1 3 Decrease2 43.48 25.85 29,625
  Labour 6 0 5 Decrease5 26.09 19.68 22,548
  Conservative 4 4 0 Increase4 17.39 14.91 17,086
  SNP 1 1 0 Increase1 4.35 27.90 31,967
  Liberal 1 1 0 Increase1 4.35 8.22 9,418
  Independent 1 0 0 Steady 4.35 2.73 3,124
  Communist 0 0 0 Steady 0 0.71 814

Ward Results[edit]

Broughton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressives H. G. P. Fraser 2136
SNP J. C. MacDougall 1427
Liberal J. J. Rickard 731
Majority 709
Turnout 36.06
Progressives hold Swing
Calton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressives Josephine Dickson 1901
Labour J. S. Cook 970
SNP R. J. W. Swanson 666
Majority 931
Turnout 35.12
Progressives hold Swing
Craigintinny[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W. S. Dalgleish 1967
Conservative W. R. V. Percy 1819
SNP J. Deans 1328
Majority 148
Turnout 35.79
SNP gain from Labour Swing
Craigmillar[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. A. Fox 2179
SNP T. Flemming 1897
Communist M. D'Arcy 150
Majority 282
Turnout 28.98
Labour hold Swing
Central Leith[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Crichton 1745
SNP A. Stoddart 938
Conservative M. Doyle 718
Communist T. C. Taylor 46
Majority 807
Turnout 31.77
Labour hold Swing
Colinton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative B. A. Meek 4526 53.33
SNP A. Westwood 1938 22.83
Liberal Geraldine R. Johnston 1015 11.96
Labour Mary Hutchison 1008 11.88
Majority 2588 30.49
Turnout 8487 42.43
Conservative gain from Progressives Swing
Corstorphine[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressives Mary Robertson Murray 4050 55.18
SNP R. J. D. Scott 1860 25.34
Liberal Vera P. Heggie 1430 19.48
Majority 2190 29.84
Turnout 7340 44.76
Progressives hold Swing
George Square[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressives C. F. Murray 1545 53.55
SNP T. C. Bogle 934 32.37
Liberal Joan M. Gallacher 406 14.07
Majority 611 21.18
Turnout 2885 30.09
Progressives hold Swing
Gorgie-Dalry[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative M. Pirie 1769
Labour T. McGregor 1401
SNP A. B. Moore 1096
Majority 368
Turnout 31.97
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Holyrood[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour O. Hand 960
SNP J. G. B. Henderson 818
Communist C. B. Swan 173
Majority 142
Turnout 27.08
Labour hold Swing
Liberton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative A. H. Lester 3218
Labour F. M. Lawson 3025
SNP A. G. Symington 2295
Majority 193
Turnout 37.50
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Merchiston[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal J. G. Gray 2613
Conservative C. H. Richards 1855
SNP N. B. Harris 644
Majority 758
Turnout 45.77
Liberal gain from Progressives Swing
Morningside[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressives J. Bateman 3316
Liberal G. Duke 1192
SNP Bethia L. Howden 896
Majority 2124
Turnout 41.99
Progressives hold Swing
Murrayfield-Crammond[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressives H. Macpherson 5078
SNP W. R. Platt 2000
Labour I. M. Christie 914
Majority 3078
Turnout 40.14
Progressives hold Swing
Newington[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent J. D. Kidd 3124
SNP G. Telford 1819
Liberal W. McLeod 1088
Labour G. C. Campbell 778
Majority 1305
Turnout 44.17
Independent hold Swing
Pilton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. W. Irvine 1639
SNP W. Thomson 1542
Conservative R. Beattie 1012
Communist C. McManus 163
Majority 97
Turnout 22.58
Labour hold Swing
Portobello[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressives K. W. Borthwick 3143
SNP R. G. Kelly 2044
Labour J. E. Boyack 792
Majority 1099
Turnout 43.83
Progressives hold Swing
South Leith[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressives C. Waugh 1798
SNP J. S. Marshall 1681
Labour Sheila King Murray 1557
Majority 117
Turnout 39.79
Progressives gain from Labour Swing
St. Andrews[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative I. A. Crammond 1467 57.78
SNP D. M. Miller 625 24.62
Progressives R. McLaughlin 447 17.61
Majority 842 33.16
Turnout 2539 33.5
Conservative gain from Progressives Swing
St. Bernard's[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressives D. A. Adamson 3037
SNP W. K. Archibald 968
Liberal W. Murray 943
Labour T. H. Greig 584
Majority 2069
Turnout 32.85
Progressives hold Swing
St. Giles[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. McInally 1036
SNP A. A. Edmonds 842
Conservative A. J. A. Bell 702
Majority 194
Turnout 27.67
Labour hold Swing
Sighthill[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP K. D. A. Johnston 2481 52.17
Labour G. Foulkes 1993 41.90
Communist W. Millar 282 5.93
Majority 488 10.26
Turnout 4756 30.05
SNP gain from Labour Swing
West Leith[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressives B. W. Lyle 3174 72.10
SNP T. J. D. MacDonald 1228 27.90
Majority 1946 44.21
Turnout 4402 40.15
Progressives hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "Results in the Municipal Elections". The Glasgow Herald. 7 May 1968. p. 8.