2003 East Ayrshire Council election

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Elections to East Ayrshire Council were held on 1 May 2003, alongside elections to the Scottish Parliament. All 32 seats were up and this was the final election to the council using first past the post. The Scottish Labour Party maintained a large majority.

Summary[edit]

East Ayrshire Local Election Result 2003
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 23 71.88 49.21 23,480
  SNP 8 25.00 35.27 16,827
  Conservative 1 3.13 12.59 5,958
  Scottish Socialist 0 0.00 1.18 561
  BNP 0 0.00 0.15 73
  Independent 0 0.00 1.71 814

Ward results[edit]

Stewarton East and Dunlop
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Maureen McKay 579 37.09
Conservative Kenneth Thomson 506 32.42
SNP Andrew Kent 476 30.49
Majority 73 4.68
Turnout 1,561 53%
Stewarton Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James O'Neill 565 37.89
Independent Ann Hay 426 28.57
SNP Ian Primrose 342 22.94
Conservative Tamzin Hobday 158 10.60
Majority 139 9.32
Turnout 1,491 49%
Kilmaurs and Stewarton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John McGhee 770 48.31
SNP John MacKay 516 32.37
Conservative Thomas Mackie 308 19.32
Majority 254 15.93
Turnout 1,594 53%
North Kilmarnock, Fenwick & Waterside
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stephanie Young 832 40.68
SNP George Leslie 672 32.86
Labour Robert Allan 541 26.45
Majority 160 7.82
Turnout 2,045 50%
Crosshouse, Gatehead & Knockentiber
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Reeves 660 52.17
SNP David Carrigan 506 40.00
Conservative Ahsan Mustafa 99 7.83
Majority 154 12.17
Turnout 1,265 49%
Altonhill, Hillhead & Longpark
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Daniel Coffey 733 54.62
Labour Andrew McCann 419 31.22
Conservative Simon Young 116 8.64
Scottish Socialist Mark Scott 74 5.51
Majority 314 23.40
Turnout 1,342
Onthank
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Willie Coffey 714 56.26
Labour Robert Milby 506 39.87
Scottish Socialist Hugh Ferguson 36 2.84
Conservative Thomas Donald 13 1.02
Majority 208 16.39
Turnout 1,269 52%
Kilmarnock Central West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Douglas Reid 737 51.50
Labour Robert Keohone 569 39.76
Conservative Fredrick McMeekin 125 8.74
Majority 168 11.74
Turnout 1,431 52%
Kilmarnock Central East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Cree 719 46.27
SNP Lilian MacLean 646 41.57
Conservative Leonard Freeman 189 12.16
Majority 73 4.70
Turnout 1,554 55%
North New Farm Loch and Dean
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP John Weir 637 44.27
Labour John Blaney 466 32.38
Independent Matthew Donnelley 220 15.29
Conservative Thomas Johnson 116 8.06
Majority 171 11.88
Turnout 1439 51%
South New Farm Loch
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Andrew MacIntyre 953 62.53
SNP Matthew Connelly 487 31.96
Conservative Alexander Park 84 5.51
Majority 466 30.58
Turnout 1,524 57%
Crookedholm, Moscow, Galston West and Hurlford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Isabella MacRae 801 55.20
SNP Francis Dawson 528 36.39
Conservative Moira McLean 122 8.41
Majority 273 18.81
Turnout 1,451 52%
Newmilns
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Henry Wilson 805 58.00
Labour Co-op Janice Spiers 409 29.47
Conservative George Park 174 12.54
Majority 396 28.53
Turnout 1,388 53%
Grange and Howard
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Iain Linton 765 42.01
Conservative Thomas Cook 604 33.17
Labour Co-op John Goodwin 452 24.82
Majority 161 8.84
Turnout 1,821 60%
Kilmarnock Central South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP John Campbell 706 43.34
Labour Co-op Alexander Walsh 654 40.15
Conservative Henry McCall 269 16.51
Majority 52 3.19
Turnout 1,629 52%
Riccarton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Ray Murray 711 51.19
SNP John Keast 497 35.78
Conservative R. Fergussson-Cuninghame 181 13.03
Majority 214 15.41
Turnout 1,389 48%
Shortlees
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Jane Danbrough 680 51.59
SNP McCulloch William 511 38.77
Scottish Socialist Colin Rutherford 72 5.46
Conservative J. Houison-Craufurd 55 4.17
Majority 169 12.82
Turnout 1,318 45%
Bellfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op John Knapp 999 81.42
Scottish Socialist Colin Berry 118 9.62
Conservative Robert Yuill 64 5.22
SNP Stephen McCluskey 46 3.75
Majority 881 71.80
Turnout 1,227 56%
Hurlford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op James Raymond 998 70.58
SNP Arthur Sharp 328 23.20
Conservative Alice McCall 88 6.22
Majority 670 47.28
Turnout 1,414 47%
Galston East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Stuart Finlayson 744 51.17
SNP Finlay MacLean 553 38.03
Conservative Sara Donald 157 10.80
Majority 191 13.14
Turnout 1,454 55%
Darvel
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Robert McDill 1,110 69.68
Labour Co-op Graham Mitchell 364 22.85
Conservative Elizabeth Murray 119 7.47
Majority 746 46.83
Turnout 1,593 55%
Mauchline
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Jackson 867 53.26
SNP David Shankland 455 28.28
Conservative Martin Nicholas 297 18.46
Majority 402 24.98
Turnout 1,609 56%
Catrine, Sorn and Mauchline East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op George Smith 779 51.35
SNP Jacqueline Todd 500 32.96
Conservative Kenneth Stirling 238 15.69
Majority 279 18.39
Turnout 1,517 52%
Muirkirk, Lugar and Logan
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Kelly 975 69.25
SNP Helen Kelso 269 19.11
Scottish Socialist Mark Gilroy 91 6.46
Conservative Peter Smith 73 5.18
Majority 706 50.14
Turnout 1,408 55%
Drongan, Stair & Rankinston
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Thomas Farrell 982 65.08
SNP John MacAulay 251 16.63
Conservative James Hume 180 11.93
Independent Robert Shennan 96 6.36
Majority 731 48.44
Turnout 1,509 49%
Ochiltree, Skares, Netherthird & Craigens
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op William Menzies 772 49.17
SNP Julie Faulds 657 41.85
Conservative Ian Waller 141 8.98
Majority 115 7.32
Turnout 1,570 54%
Auchinleck
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Neil McGhee 924 62.94
SNP Iain Robb 343 23.37
Scottish Socialist Gareth Jenkins 89 6.06
BNP Stephen Burns 73 4.97
Conservative Primpton Sword 39 2.66
Majority 581 39.58
Turnout 1,468 53%
Cumnock West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Crawford 839 59.38
SNP Katherine Smith 303 21.44
Conservative Gary Smith 141 9.98
Scottish Socialist James Monaghan 130 9.20
Majority 536 37.93
Turnout 1,413 49%
Cumnock East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Ross 961 78.38
Conservative Craig Allison 50 4.08
SNP James Kelso 215 17.54
Majority 746 60.85
Turnout 1,226 53%
Patna and Dalrymple
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Elaine Dinwoodie 1,039 71.46
Conservative Sophie Brodie 215 14.79
SNP Alexander MacKenzie 200 13.76
Majority 824 56.67
Turnout
Dalmellington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Elaine Stewart 789 52.71
SNP Andrew Filson 645 43.09
Conservative James Boswell 40 2.67
Scottish Socialist Anne Baker 23 1.54
Majority 144 9.62
Turnout 1,497 59%
New Cumnock
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Carmichael 1,004 67.70
SNP Michael Lopez 314 21.17
Conservative Walter Young 165 11.13
Majority 690 46.53
Turnout 1,483 52%

By-elections (2003-07)[edit]

Altonhill, Hillhead & Longpark by-election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Helen Coffey 715 58.99 +4.37
Labour Matthew McLaughlin 296 24.42 -6.80
Conservative James Adams 178 14.69 +6.05
Scottish Socialist Colin Rutherford 23 1.90 -3.61
Majority 419 34.57
Turnout 1,212 42.23
SNP hold Swing +5.59

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