Argyll and Bute Council election, 2007

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Elections to Argyll and Bute Council were held on 3 May 2007 the same day as the other Scottish local government elections and the Scottish Parliament general election. The election was the first one using 11 new wards created as a results of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, each ward will elect three or four councillors using the single transferable vote system a form of proportional representation. The new wards replace 36 single-member wards which used the plurality (first past the post) system of election.

Election result[edit]

Argyll and Bute Local Election Result 2007
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SNP 10 N/A N/A +7 27.8 22.2 8,921
  Liberal Democrats 7 N/A N/A –1 19.4 19.2 7,702
  Conservative 3 N/A N/A +1 8.3 15.7 6,301
  Labour 0 N/A N/A ±0 0.0 3.7 1,471
  Solidarity 0 N/A N/A ±0 0.0 0.2 76
  Independent 16 N/A N/A –7 44.4 39.1 15,715

Ward results[edit]

South Kintyre
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Conservative Donald Kelly 1,332 42.9 1 1
SNP John Donald Semple 663 21.3 2 4
Labour George McMillan 444 14.3
Liberal Democrats Rory Colville 441 14.2 3 6
Conservative James Campbell Martin 152 4.9
Solidarity Deirdre Henderson 76 2.4
Kintyre and the Islands
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Liberal Democrats Robin Currie 1,131 34.6 1 1
Independent John McAlpine 608 18.6 2 5
SNP Anne Horn 482 14.7 3 7
Independent Ann Newman 342 10.5
Conservative Peter Minshall 300 9.2
Labour Phil Hawkins 219 6.7
Independent Maureen Scott 190 5.8
Mid Argyll
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Liberal Democrats Alison Hay 813 22.0 1 4
Independent Donnie MacMillan 699 18.9 2 6
SNP Colin Stevenson 625 16.9
Independent Douglas Trevor Philand 582 15.7 3 8
Independent Sandy Cameron 344 9.3
Conservative Charlotte Hanbury 305 8.2
Labour Wendy Reynolds 225 6.1
Independent Cameron Lewis 106 2.9
Oban South and the Isles
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
SNP Roddy McCuish 955 23.3 1 1
Liberal Democrats Mary-Jean Devon 672 16.4 2 5
SNP Donald Skye McIntosh†††† 506 12.4 3 9
Independent Gordon Chalmers 444 10.9 4 9
Conservative Roy Rutherford 413 10.1
Independent Alastair MacDougall 347 8.5
Liberal Democrats Nicola Welsh 293 7.2
Independent Neil MacKinnon MacIntyre 290 7.1
Independent Roderick MacEachen 143 3.5
Independent David Gallant 27 0.7
Oban North and Lorn
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent Elaine Robertson 1,005 22.0 1 1
Independent Duncan MacIntyre 779 17.1 2 5
Liberal Democrats Neil MacKay††† 665 14.6 3 8
SNP Donald MacDonald 618 13.6 4 10
SNP Mike MacKenzie 401 8.8
Conservative Eileen Mary Kirkpatrick 387 8.5
Independent Ian Smyth 200 4.4
Independent Sidney MacDougall 188 4.1
Independent George Doyle 176 3.9
Independent Gwen Cameron 140 3.1
Cowal
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
SNP Ron Simon 1,127 29.8 1 1
Independent Alex McNaughton 880 23.3 2 3
Independent Bruce Marshall 745 19.7 3 5
Conservative Dave Petrie 491 13.0
Liberal Democrats Trevor Oxborrow 346 9.2
Independent Iain Jarvis Gow 192 5.1
Dunoon
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent Dick Walsh 855 24.6 1 2
SNP Alister MacAlister†††††† 821 23.6 3 4
Independent Jimmy McQueen 754 21.7 2 4
Labour David Graham 358 10.3
Liberal Democrats Tony Miles 257 7.4
Conservative Sandy MacPherson 239 6.9
Independent Gordon McKinven 193 5.6
Isle of Bute
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent Len Scoullar 868 28.2 1 1
SNP Robert MacIntyre 839 27.2 2 1
SNP Isobel Strong 551 17.9 3 6
Independent Fraser Gillies 238 7.7
Labour Harry Hattan 225 7.3
Liberal Democrats Karen Anne Hilton 218 7.1
Conservative Peter Wallace 143 4.6
Lomond North
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent Billy Petrie 794 22.2 1 3
Independent Danny Kelly 734 20.5 2 4
Independent George Freeman 616 17.2 3 6
SNP Elizabeth Buist 557 15.6
Conservative James Proctor 484 13.5
Liberal Democrats Andrew Nisbet 395 11.0
2007 Council election: Helensburgh Central
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Conservative Gary Mulvaney 1,220 27.7 1 1
SNP James Alexander Robb†† 822 18.6 4 4
Liberal Democrats Aileen Morton 734 16.6
Liberal Democrats Al Reay††††† 728 16.5 2 4
Independent Vivien Dance 707 16.0 3 4
Independent Richard William Humphrey 198 4.5
2007 Council election: Helensburgh and Lomond South
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Conservative David Fairbairn Kinniburgh 835 26.7 1 1
Independent Ronald Kinloch 713 22.8 3 4
Liberal Democrats Ellen Morton 700 22.4 2 3
SNP Richard MacDonald Trail 572 18.3
Liberal Democrats Karen York 309 9.9

Changes since 2007 Election[edit]

  • †In September 2007, Oban South and the Isles Cllr Mary-Jean Devon quit the Liberal Democrats and became an Independent. She joined the Scottish National Party on 1 July 2011.
  • ††Since the election, Helensburgh Central Cllr James Robb quit the Scottish National Party and became an Independent Nationalist.
  • †††Since the election, Oban North and Lorn Cllr Neil MacKay quit the Liberal Democrats and became an Alliance of Independent Councillor.
  • ††††On 18 November 2011, Oban South and the Isles Cllr Donald Skye McIntosh died.
  • †††††On 25 February 2012 Hellensburgh Central Cllr Al Reay died.
  • ††††††On 30 March 2012 Dunoon Cllr Alister MacAlister died.

By-Elections since 3 May 2007[edit]

  • On 4 October 2007 the Liberal Democrats Andrew Nisbit won a by-election which arose following the death of former Independent Councillor Ronald Kinloch on 23 July 2007
Helensburgh and Lomond South by-election 4 October 2007 - 1 Seat[1]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
Liberal Democrats Andrew Nisbit 30.31 642 752 1,014 1,525
Conservative Jim Proctor 29.60 627 684 839  
Independent Gordon Hanning 23.28 493 606    
SNP Richard Trail 16.81 356      
Liberal Democrats gain from Independent Swing
Electorate: 5,690   Valid: 2,118   Spoilt: 10   Quota: 1,060   Turnout: 2,128 (37.4%)

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  • On 3 November 2011 the SNP's Louise Glen-Lee won a by-election which arose following the death of former SNP Councillor Donald MacDonald on 4 August 2011
Oban North & Lorn by-election 3 November 2011 - 1 Seat[2]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
SNP Louise Glen-Lee 44.14 1,081 1,117 1,179 1,374
Conservative Roy Rutherford 20.62 505 523 591 758
Independent Gwyneth Neal 17.88 438 496 561  
Liberal Democrats David Pollard 10.62 260 273    
Independent George Doyle 6.73 165      
SNP hold Swing
Electorate: 7,606   Valid: 2,449   Spoilt: 19   Quota: 1,225   Turnout: 2,468 (32.4%)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  2. ^ http://www.kristoferkeane.co.uk/by-obannorthlorn.html[dead link]