City of Edinburgh Council election, 2012

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City of Edinburgh Council election, 2012
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All 58 seats to City of Edinburgh Council
30 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Andrew Burns Steve Cardownie Jeremy Balfour
Party Labour SNP Conservative
Leader's seat Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart Forth Corstorphine/Murrayfield
Last election 15 seats, 22.93% 12 seats, 20.32% 11 seats, 22.08%
Seats before 15 13 11
Seats won 20 18 11
Seat change Increase5 Increase6 Steady0

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Leader Maggie Chapman/Steve Burgess Paul Edie
Party Scottish Green Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Leith Walk, Southside/Newington Corstorphine/Murrayfield
Last election 3 seats, 8.23% 17 seats, 21.99%
Seats before 3 17
Seats won 6 3
Seat change Increase3 Decrease14

City of Edinburgh Council election 2012.svg
Map of council wards

Leader of the Council before election

Jenny Dawe defeated
Liberal Democrats

Leader of the Council after election

Andrew Burns
Labour

Elections to the City of Edinburgh Council were held on 3 May 2012, the same day as the Scottish local elections, 2012. The election was the second using 17 new wards created as a results of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, each ward elected three or four Councillors using the single transferable vote system a form of proportional representation system of election.

The main feature of the Elections was the near obliteration of the Scottish Liberal Democrats as they collapsed from 17 to just 3 seats on the City Council which sees the party occupying the position as the smallest party. Their leader, and the leader of the Council, Jenny Dawe, lost her seat in Meadows/Morningside, epitomising the poor performance. The Scottish Labour Party replaced the Lib Dems as the largest party as they made 5 gains, winning 20 seats in total. The Scottish National Party became the second largest party gaining 6 seats and 18 seats in total. The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party retained 11 seats on the Council while the Scottish Green Party doubled their seat numbers to 6.

After the election a Coalition was formed between the Labour Party and the SNP. This replaced the previous Lib Dem – SNP Coalition which had existed from 2007-2012.

Election result[edit]

City of Edinburgh Local Election Result 2012
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 20 6 1 Increase5 34.48 28.13 39,286 Increase5.45
  SNP 18 6 0 Increase6 31.03 26.87 37,537 Increase6.55
  Conservative 11 1 1 0 18.97 19.75 27,588 Decrease2.33
  Scottish Green 6 3 0 Increase3 10.34 11.44 15,978 Increase3.21
  Liberal Democrats 3 0 14 Decrease14 5.17 9.34 13,040 Decrease12.65
  Independent 0 - - - - 2,565
  UKIP 0 - - - - 480
  TUSC 0 - - - - 463
  Liberal 0 - - - - 368
  Scottish Socialist 0 - - - - 228
  Pirate 0 - - - - 195

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes. The net gain/loss and percentage changes relate to the result of the previous Scottish local elections on 3 May 2007. This may differ from other published sources showing gain/loss relative to seats held at dissolution of Scotland's councils.

Ward summary[edit]

e • d Results of the City of Edinburgh Council election, 2012
by ward
Ward  %
Cllrs
 %
Cllrs
 %
Cllrs
 %
Cllrs
 %
Cllrs
 %
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
Lab SNP Conservative Green Lib Dem Others
Almond 14.92 0 32.55 1 26.24 1 6.17 0 15.89 1 4.22 0 3
Pentland Hills 28.85 1 29.16 1 27.70 1 4.05 0 4.66 0 5.59 0 3
Drum Brae/Gyle 26.46 1 27.00 1 16.04 0 3.62 0 18.77 1 8.12 0 3
Forth 34.01 2 29.06 1 22.64 1 7.08 0 5.06 0 2.14 0 4
Inverleith 24.99 1 20.22 1 29.50 1 14.92 1 10.38 0 - - 4
Corstorphine/Murrayfield 20.45 0 24.74 1 24.96 1 6.11 0 22.77 1 1.96 0 3
Sighthill/Gorgie 42.1 2 37.4 2 9.2 0 8.2 0 3.2 0 - - 4
Colinton/Fairmilehead 17.87 0 20.59 1 52.00 2 4.91 0 3.62 0 1.01 0 3
Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart 23.24 1 23.54 1 21.15 0 24.07 1 7.34 0 0.66 0 3
Meadows/Morningside 19.64 1 15.78 1 29.90 1 19.75 1 12.30 0 2.63 0 4
City Centre 21.33 1 24.97 1 27.69 1 17.06 0 7.94 0 1.01 0 3
Leith Walk 33.24 2 28.48 1 8.11 0 20.28 1 5.09 0 4.81 0 4
Leith 32.1 1 32.4 1 6.5 0 18.9 1 9.0 0 1.1 0 3
Craigentinny/Duddingston 36.2 2 36.9 1 10.2 0 7.0 0 8.0 0 1.8 0 3
Southside/Newington 19.78 1 18.34 1 16.72 1 19.97 1 13.97 0 11.22 0 4
Liberton/Gilmerton 40.9 2 31.6 1 12.3 1 5.2 0 7.6 0 2.5 0 4
Portobello/Craigmillar 47.4 2 32.0 1 7.2 0 8.5 0 1.9 0 2.9 0 3
Total 28.13 20 26.87 18 19.75 11 11.55 6 9.34 3 0 58

Ward results[edit]

Almond[edit]

2007: 1xCon; 1xLib Dem; 1xSNP
2012: 1xSNP; 1xCon; 1xLib Dem
2007-2012 Change: No Change

2012 Council election: Almond - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
SNP Norman Work (incumbent) 32.55% 2,722            
Conservative Lindsay Paterson 26.24% 2,194            
Liberal Democrats Alastair Shields†††††† 15.89% 1,329 1,460 1,500 1,515 1,579 1,804 2,426
Labour Billy Fitzpatrick 14.92% 1,248 1,350 1,356 1,373 1,421 1,623  
Scottish Green Moira Dunworth 6.17% 516 651 657 683 768    
Independent John Longstaff 2.49% 208 268 276 338      
UKIP Otto Inglis 1.73% 145 168 181        
Electorate: 18,996   Valid: 8,362   Spoilt: 51   Quota: 2,091   Turnout: 8,413 (44.3%)

Pentland Hills[edit]

2007: 1xCon; 1xSNP; 1xLab
2012: 1xSNP; 1xLab; 1xCon
2007-2012 Change: No Change

Pentland Hills - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
SNP Bill Henderson 29.16% 2,317            
Labour Ricky Henderson (incumbent) 28.85% 2,293            
Conservative Dominic Heslop 15.09% 1,199 1,224 1,249 1,335 1,397 1,502 2,446
Conservative Shelia Low 12.61% 1,002 1,017 1,040 1,099 1,154 1,240  
Scottish Green Phyl Meyer 4.05% 322 400 468 607 840    
Independent Mike 'Professor Pongoo' Ferrigan 5.59% 444 491 531 590      
Liberal Democrats Stuart Bridges 4.66% 370 414 462        
Electorate: 18,002   Valid: 7,947   Spoilt: 51   Quota: 1,987   Turnout: 7,998 (44.4%)

Drum Brae/Gyle[edit]

2007: 2xLib Dem; 1xSNP
2012: 1xLab; 1xSNP; 1xLib Dem
2007-2012 Change: Lab gain one seat from Lib Dem

Drum Brae/Gyle Ward - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Labour Karen Keil 26.46% 1,981              
Liberal Democrats Robert Aldridge (incumbent) 18.77% 1,405 1,425 1,431 1,490 1,636 1,695 1,735 2,312
SNP Ron Cairns * 18.34% 1,373 1,383 1,386 1,406 1,466 2,052    
Conservative Mark Brown 16.04% 1,201 1,207 1,212 1,233 1,349 1,370 1,383  
SNP Alison Lindsay 8.66% 648 657 661 699 750      
Independent Steven Binney 6.92% 518 532 588 663        
Scottish Green Linda Hendry 3.62% 271 285 296          
Independent John Scott 1.20% 90 95            
Electorate: 17,123   Valid: 7,487   Spoilt: 78   Quota: 1,872   Turnout: 7,565 (44.2%)
  • =Outgoing Councillor from a different Ward.

Forth[edit]

  • 2007: 1xSNP; 1xCon; 1xLib Dem; 1xLab
  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP; 1xCon
  • 2007-2012 Change: Lab gain one seat from Lib Dem
Forth - 4 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Labour Cammy Day (incumbent) 27.54% 2,230              
Conservative Allan Jackson (incumbent) 22.64% 1,833              
SNP Steve Cardownie (incumbent) 17.01% 1,377 1,407 1,422 1,432 1,443 1,482 1,554 2,377
SNP George Gordon 12.05% 976 1,008 1,017 1,019 1,034 1,070 1,187  
Scottish Green Kate Joester 7.08% 573 598 626 637 683 850    
Labour Vicki Redpath 6.47% 524 962 976 987 1,009 1,099 1,347 1,446
Liberal Democrats Tim Wight 5.06% 410 423 473 495 500      
TUSC Ruth Ann Henderson 1.44% 117 127 130 132        
Liberal Seumas Stiubhard MacMhicean 0.70% 57 64 73          
Electorate: 21,796   Valid: 8,097   Spoilt: 136 (1.65%)   Quota: 1,620   Turnout: 8,233 (37.8%)

Inverleith[edit]

  • 2007: 1xLab; 1xCon; 1xSNP; 1xLib Dem
  • 2012: 1xSNP; 1xCon; 1xLab; 1xGreen
  • 2007-2012 Change: Green gain one seat from Lib Dem
Inverleith - 4 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
Labour Lesley Hinds (incumbent) 24.99% 2,751      
Conservative Iain Whyte (incumbent) 17.77% 1,956 1,989 2,019 2,279
Scottish Green Nigel Bagshaw 14.92% 1,642 1,815 1,865 2,325
SNP Gavin Barrie 13.03% 1,434 1,489 2,148 2,264
Conservative Scott Douglas 11.73% 1,291 1,312 1,326 1,487
Liberal Democrats Tim McKay (incumbent) 10.38% 1,143 1,226 1,252  
SNP John Young 7.19% 792 820    
Electorate: 23,235   Valid: 11,009   Spoilt: 118 (1.06%)   Quota: 2,202   Turnout: 11,127 (47.9%)

Corstorphine/Murrayfield[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLib Dem; 1xCon
  • 2012: 1xCon; 1xSNP; 1xLib Dem
  • 2007-2012 Change: SNP gain one seat from Lib Dem
Corstorphine/Murrayfield - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Conservative Jeremy Balfour (incumbent) 24.96% 2,050 2,100        
SNP Frank Ross 24.74% 2,032 2,053 2,056      
Liberal Democrats Paul Edie (incumbent) 21.77% 1,788 1,798 1,817 1,818 1,993 2,798
Labour Tom McInally 20.45% 1,679 1,698 1,702 1,702 1,884  
Scottish Green Dominic Hinde 6.11% 502 526 530 530    
UKIP James Nisbet 1.96% 161          
Electorate: 17,445   Valid: 8,212   Spoilt: 56 (0.68%)   Quota: 2,054   Turnout: 8,268 (47.4%)

Sighthill/Gorgie[edit]

2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP; 1xLib Dem
2012: 2xLab; 2xSNP;
2007-2012 Change: SNP gain one seat from Lib Dem

Sighthill/Gorgie - 4 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Labour Eric Milligan (incumbent) 28.3 2,266          
SNP Catherine Fullerton 20.3 1,624          
SNP Denis Dixon 17.1 1,368 1,389 1,396 1,414 1,462 1,688
Labour Donald Wilson (incumbent) 13.8 1,107 1,677        
Conservative Susan Dewhurst 9.2 736 745 749 750 808 917
Scottish Green Lindsay Ashford 8.2 658 674 690 691 776  
Liberal Democrats Neil MacLean 3.2 253 260 267 267    
Electorate: 23,877   Valid: 8,012   Spoilt: 240 (2.91%)   Quota: 1,603   Turnout: 8,252 (34.6%)

Colinton/Fairmilehead[edit]

  • 2007: 2xCon; 1xLab
  • 2012: 2xCon; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: SNP gain one seat from Lab
Colinton/Fairmilehead - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Conservative Jason Rust (incumbent) 28.71% 2,692            
Conservative Elaine Aitken (incumbent) 23.29% 2,184 2,427          
SNP Richard Lewis 20.59% 1,931 1,953 1,962 1,975 2,021 2,187 2,816
Labour Eric Barry (incumbent) 17.87% 1,676 1,699 1,708 1,724 1,831 2,070  
Scottish Green Andy Saunders 4.91% 460 474 484 501 647    
Liberal Democrats Alan Beal 3.62% 339 350 365 368      
UKIP Malcolm MacKay 1.01% 95 100 105        
Electorate: 18,521   Valid: 9,377   Spoilt: 74 (0.78%)   Quota: 2,345   Turnout: 9,451 (51%)

Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart[edit]

  • 2007: 1xCon; 1xLab; 1xLib Dem
  • 2012: 1xGrn; 1xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: Grn and SNP gain one seat each from Con and Lib Dem
2007 Council election: Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Scottish Green Gavin Corbett 24.07% 1,789 1,801 2,004    
SNP David Key 23.54% 1,750 1,755 1,811 1,848 1,861
Labour Andrew Burns (incumbent) 23.24% 1,728 1,734 1,851 1,905  
Conservative Will Searle 21.15% 1,572 1,578 1,714 1,731 1,738
Liberal Democrats Jim Lowrie (incumbent) 7.34% 546 561      
Liberal Tim Strode 0.66% 49        
Electorate: 17,069   Valid: 7,434   Spoilt: 70 (0.93%)   Quota: 1,859   Turnout: 7,504 (44%)

Meadows/Morningside[edit]

  • 2007: 1xCon; 1xLib Dem; 1xGRN; 1xLab
  • 2012: 1xCon; 1xGRN; 1xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: SNP gain one seat from Lib Dem
Meadows/Morningside - 4 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Conservative Mark McInnes (incumbent) 29.90 3,125            
Scottish Green Melanie Main 19.75 2,064 2,209          
Labour Paul Godzik (incumbent) 19.64 2,053 2,171 2171        
SNP Sandy Howat 15.79 1,650 1,723 1,754 1,767 1,784 1,857 2,390
Liberal Democrats Jenny Dawe * 12.30 1,285 1,574 1,615 1,639 1,661 1,730  
Pirate Phil Hunt 1.87 195 211 224 230 264    
UKIP William Macadam 0.76 79 170 173 175       
Electorate: 22,328   Valid: 10,451   Spoilt: 39   Quota: 2,091   Turnout: 10,490 (47%)
  • = Outgoing Councillor from a different Ward.

City Centre[edit]

  • 2007: 1xSNP; 1xCon; 1xLib Dem
  • 2012: 1xCon; 1xSNP; 1xLab
  • 2007-2012 Change: Lab gain one seat from Lib Dem
City Centre - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Conservative Joanna Mowat (incumbent) 27.69% 1,402          
SNP Alasdair Rankin (incumbent) 24.97% 1,264 1,272        
Labour Karen Doran 21.33% 1,080 1,093 1,094 1,101 1,235 1,777
Scottish Green Julita Mazurek 17.06% 864 887 890 907 1,111  
Liberal Democrats Iain Coleman 7.94% 402 439 440 463    
Liberal Karen Hetherington 1.01% 51 58 59      
Electorate: 13,943   Valid: 5,063   Spoilt: 38 (0.74%)   Quota: 1,266   Turnout: 5,101 (36.6%)

Leith Walk[edit]

  • 2007: 1xSNP; 1xLib Dem; 1xLab; 1xGRN
  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP; 1xGRN
  • 2007-2012 Change: Lab gain one seat from Lib Dem
Leith Walk - 4 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11
SNP Deidre Brock (incumbent)††† 22.1 1735                    
Labour Angela Blacklock (incumbent) 21.3 1674                    
Scottish Green Maggie Chapman †††† (incumbent) 20.3 1593                    
Labour Nick Gardner 11.9 937 947 1029 1035 1050 1065 1089 1115 1225 1350 1519
Conservative Miles Briggs 8.1 637 640 644 645 651 653 656 675 784 816  
SNP Seumas Ross Skinner 6.4 502 630 632 635 639 649 674 708 741    
Liberal Democrats Jamie Paterson 5.1 400 403 406 410 424 429 434 445      
TUSC John McArdle 1.4 109 110 111 113 119 128          
Independent Alex Wilson 1.4 109 110 110 111 112 153 181        
Independent Jimmy McIntosh 1.2 91 92 93 93 97            
Liberal John Hein 0.9 69 71 72 72              
Electorate: 22,147   Valid: 7,856   Spoilt: 156   Quota: 1572   Turnout: 35.47%

Leith[edit]

  • 2007: 1xSNP; 1xLib Dem; 1xLab
  • 2012: 1xLab; 1xGRN; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: GRN gain one seat from Lib Dem
2007 Council election: Leith - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Labour Gordon Munro (incumbent) 32.1% 2010            
Scottish Green Chas Booth 18.9% 1181 1306 1331 1427 1780    
SNP Adam McVey 17.6% 1104 1140 1145 1163 1228 1280 2240
SNP Rob Munn (incumbent) 14.8% 926 984 993 1013 1135 1169  
Liberal Democrats Marjorie Thomas (incumbent) 9.0% 565 618 641 825      
Conservative Nicola Ross 6.5% 405 428 433        
Liberal Irvine McMinn 1.1% 71 85          
Electorate: 16,972   Valid: 6262   Spoilt: 122   Quota: 1566   Turnout: 32.6%

Craigentinny/Duddingston[edit]

  • 2007: 1xLab; 1xSNP; 1xLib Dem
  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: Lab gain one seat from Lib Dem
Craigentinny/Duddingston - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
SNP Stefan Tymkewycz (incumbent) 25.8% 2180              
Labour Joan Griffiths 25.7% 2174              
SNP Colin Williamson 11.1% 937 989 991 1008 1138 1260 1354  
Labour Alex Lunn†† 10.5% 886 887 935 954 1080 1261 1430 1740
Conservative Jason Lingiah 10.2% 866 867 868 877 911 1080    
Liberal Democrats Gary Peacock (incumbent) 8.0% 673 675 677 688 836      
Scottish Green John Palmer 7.0% 590 592 594 661        
TUSC Kevin Furguson 1.8% 150 150 151          
Electorate: 18,871   Valid: 8,456   Spoilt: 212   Quota: 2115   Turnout: 45.9%

Southside/Newington[edit]

  • 2007: 1xLab; 1xCon; 1xLib Dem; 1xGRN
  • 2012: 1xGrn; 1xLab; 1xSNP; 1xCon
  • 2007-2012 Change: SNP gain one seat from Lib Dem
Southside/Newington - 4 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Scottish Green Steve Burgess (incumbent) 19.97% 1,869 1,883            
Labour Ian Perry (incumbent) 19.78% 1,851 1,856 1,858 1,886        
SNP Jim Orr††† 18.34% 1,717 1,723 1,725 1,742 1,744 1,886    
Conservative Cameron Rose (incumbent) 16.72% 1,565 1,568 1,568 1,570 1,571 1,855 1,857 2,501
Liberal Democrats Gordon MacKenzie (incumbent) 13.97% 1,308 1,341 1,343 1,348 1,351 1,548 1,551  
Independent Gordon Murdie 9.53% 892 895 896 921 923      
TUSC William Black 0.93% 87 90 91          
Liberal Margaret Lea 0.76% 71              
Electorate: 20,821   Valid: 9,360   Spoilt: 67 (0.71%)   Quota: 1,873   Turnout: 9,427 (45.3%)

Liberton/Gilmerton[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP; 1xLib Dem
  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP; 1xCon
  • 2007-2012 Change: Con gain one seat from Lib Dem
Liberton/Gilmerton - 4 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Labour Norma Austin-Hart (incumbent) 21.4 1,941              
SNP Tom Buchanan (incumbent)† 19.6 1,780 1,789 1,794 1,826        
Labour Bill Cook (incumbent) 19.5 1,768 1,868            
Conservative Nick Cook 12.3 1,111 1,112 1,115 1,124 1,125 1,171 1,455 1,696
SNP Derek Howie 12.0 1,084 1,086 1,090 1,127 1,138 1,268 1,441  
Liberal Democrats John Knox 7.6 687 689 694 711 711 848    
Scottish Green Joan Carter 5.2 469 473 480 549 550      
Scottish Socialist Colin Fox 2.5 228 229 233          
Electorate: 23,187   Valid: 9,068   Spoilt: 191 (2.06%)   Quota: 1,814   Turnout: 9,259 (39.9%)

Portobello/Craigmillar[edit]

  • 2007: 1xSNP; 1xLab; 1xLib Dem
  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: Lab gain one seat from Lib Dem
Portobello/Craigmillar - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Labour Maureen Child (incumbent) 36.6 2,645              
SNP Michael A. Bridgeman (incumbent) 20.4 1,477 1,559 1,565 1,607 1,649 2,381    
SNP David Manson 11.6 837 879 891 921 953      
Labour David Walker 10.8 784 1,212 1,237 1,270 1,319 1,356 1,431 1,744
Scottish Green Peter McColl 8.5 615 723 768 825 974 1,059 1,203  
Conservative Henry Christian 7.2 523 549 574 601        
Independent Norrie Davies 2.9 213 253 261          
Liberal Democrats Martin Veart 1.9 137 155            
Electorate: 17,603   Valid: 7,231   Spoilt: 169 (2.28%)   Quota: 1,808   Turnout: 7,400 (42%)

Post Election Changes[edit]

  • † Liberton/Gilmerton SNP Cllr Tom Buchanan died on 3 April 2013. The by-election was held on 20 June 2013 and was won by Labour's Keith John Robson. [1]
  • †† Craigentinny/Duddingston Labour Cllr Alex Dunn defected from the Labour Party and joined the SNP on 4 December 2013. [2]
  • ††† Southside/Newington On 1 March 2014 SNP Cllr Jim Orr resigned from the party and became an Independent citing disillusionment with internal political spats.[3]
  • †††† Leith Walk SNP Cllr Deidre Brock was elected as a MP for Edinburgh North and Leith (UK Parliament constituency) on 7 May 2015 and she resigned her Council seat on 24 June 2015.[4] A by-election was held on 10 September 2015 and it was held by the SNP's John Ritchie.[5]
  • ††††† Leith Walk Green Councillor Maggie Chapman resigned her seat on 30 June 2015 to focus her efforts on winning a Scottish Parliament seat in North East Scotland [6] A by-election was held on 10 September 2015 and it was won by Labour's Marion Donaldson.[7]
  • †††††† Almond Liberal Democrat Councillor Alastair Shields resigned from the party and became an Independent after having been de-selected and will contest the 2017 local elections as an Independent.[8]

By Elections since 2012[edit]

Liberton/Gilmerton By-election (20 June 2013)[9]- 1 Seat
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Labour Keith John Robson 39.47 2,892 2,896 2,906 2,941 3,070 3,255 3,448
SNP Derek Howie 30.69 2,249 2,251 2,256 2,287 2,403 2,523 2,633
Conservative Stephanie Murray 11.23 823 824 836 903 934 1,098  
Liberal Democrats John Christopher Knox 8.26 605 611 616 625 708    
Scottish Green Alys Mumford 5.62 412 430 440 471      
UKIP Jonathan Stanley 3.21 235 239 251        
Independent John Scott 0.87 64 70          
Pirate Phil Hunt 0.64 47            
Electorate: 24,177   Valid: 7,246   Spoilt: 81   Quota: 3,664   Turnout: 7,327 (30.6%)
Leith Walk By-election (10 September 2015)[10]- 2 Seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10
SNP John Ritchie 36.2% 2,290                  
Labour Marion Donaldson 25.7% 1,623 1,650.1 1,653.1 1,659.6 1,661.7 1,680.4 1,697.6 1,798.2 1,990.2 2,717.3
Scottish Green Susan Rae 21.8% 1,381 1,464.6 1,469.8 1,483.4 1,495.3 1,502.7 1,576.1 1,653.3 1,729.9  
Conservative Gordon Murdie 7.9% 501 503.8 505.8 506.9 507 540.2 541.2 574.6    
Liberal Democrats Mo Hussain 4% 255 261.6 263 265.3 265.3 267.4 271.6      
UKIP Alan Melville 1.6% 102 105.6 105.6 106.8 106.8          
Scottish Socialist Natalie Reid 1.5% 97 107.7 107.7 108.2 122 125.2        
Left Unity Bruce Whitehead 0.5% 32 33.6 33.7 33.9            
Independent John Scott 0.4% 26 29 30              
Libertarian Tom Laird 0.3% 17 17.9                
Electorate: 25,521   Valid: 6,324   Spoilt: 83   Quota: 2,109   Turnout: 6,407 (25.1%)

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