Dumfries and Galloway Council election, 2007

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Elections to Dumfries and Galloway 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 13 new wards created as a results of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004,[1] each ward will elect three or four councillors using the single transferable vote system a form of proportional representation. The new wards replace 47 single-member wards which used the plurality (first past the post) system of election.

The Conservatives increased their number of seats by seven to 18, the SNP increased by five to 10.[2] 27 of the people elected had not been councillors previously.[2]

Election results[edit]

The votes and percentage of vote share are based on first preference votes.

Dumfries and Galloway Local Election Result 2007
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 18 N/A N/A +7 38.3 32.2 20,815
  Labour 14 N/A N/A ±0 29.8 28.1 18,169
  SNP 10 N/A N/A +5 21.3 19.0 12,266
  Liberal Democrats 3 N/A N/A –2 6.4 8.3 5,340
  Scottish Green 0 N/A N/A ±0 0.0 1.0 619
  UKIP 0 N/A N/A ±0 0.0 0.3 175
  Independent 2 N/A N/A –10 4.3 11.2 7,240

Ward results[edit]

Stranraer and North Rhins (3 seats)[edit]

Stranraer and North Rhins
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Labour Willie Scobie 25.8 1,006        
Conservative John Dougan 23.9 932 933.46 1,018.91    
SNP Iain William Dick 18.0 702 703.46 805.61 812.48 1,114.69
Independent Ian McIntyre 17.2 668 669.27 752.93 773.26  
Labour Tommy Sloan 15.0 584 606.93      
Electorate: 7,350   Valid: 3,892   Spoilt: 84   Quota: 974   Turnout: 54.1%

Wigtown West (3 seats)[edit]

Wigtown West
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
SNP Robert James Higgins 33.0 1,291      
Labour Grahame Forster 31.4 1,230      
Conservative Roberta Tuckfield 22.1 866 904.06 942.47 1,019.30
Independent Ted Adamson 8.3 327 395.17 449.64 559.16
Scottish Green Bob Bauld 5.2 203 270.21 310.05  
Electorate: 6,914   Valid: 3,917   Spoilt: 47   Quota: 974   Turnout: 57.3%

Mid Galloway (3 seats)[edit]

Mid Galloway
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
SNP Alistair Geddes 38.7 1,654      
Conservative Graham Nicol 32.5 1,387      
Liberal Democrats Sandra McDowall 15.2 650 867.51 1,008.06 1,460.25
Labour Maggie Birch 13.6 581 713.63 749.85  
Electorate: 7,558   Valid: 4,272   Spoilt: 49   Quota: 1,069   Turnout: 57.2%

Dee (3 seats)[edit]

Dee
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Conservative Patsy Gilroy 21.0 994 1,027 1,054 1,059.04 1,143.39 1,736.70
Independent Jane Maitland 20.9 989 1,062 1,200      
SNP Thomas Jacques 19.5 924 970 1,043 1,045.25 1,122.86 1,188.13
Conservative Chris Walker 14.8 701 713 766 767.85 906.59  
Independent Ian McConchie 8.8 418 437 490 494.56    
Liberal Democrats Joan Mitchell 8.1 384 437        
Labour John Syndney Burt 6.7 319          
Electorate: 7,463   Valid: 4,729   Spoilt: 68   Quota: 1,183   Turnout: 64.3%

Castle Douglas and Glenkens (3 seats)[edit]

Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Conservative Peter Duncan 32.3 1,560          
SNP Brian Collins 23.9 1,152 1,165.84 1,251.30      
Independent George Nicol Prentice 18.7 904 940.99 1,006.35 1,016.27 1,180.89 1,536.89
Liberal Democrats Alison Mary Barratt 9.8 471 487.57 606.47 620.16 719.30  
Labour Mike McLurg 9.4 451 456.22        
Conservative Alex Zimmerman 5.9 285 527.80 543.62 546.82    
Electorate: 7,983   Valid: 4,823   Spoilt: 84   Quota: 1,206   Turnout: 61.5%

Abbey (4 seats)[edit]

Abbey
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9
Conservative Ian Blake 19.7 1,081 1,091 1,126            
SNP Rob Davidson 17.8 976 996 1,010 1,010.90 1,056.97 1,097.97 1,153.02    
Conservative Bruce Hodgson 14.2 778 825 834 851.27 883.96 924.15 990.59 995.94 1,052.65
Labour Tom McAughtrie 14.1 777 794 797 797.39 812.44 856.44 874.46 881.32  
Labour Davie Stitt 14.0 770 777 806 807.08 843.22 881.22 943.36 953.57 1,479.11
Liberal Democrats Josephine Robertson 4.9 267 280 290 290.37 316.42        
Independent John White 4.3 239 266 304 304.90 372.27 418.34      
Independent Stuart Martin Clement 3.8 211 226 269 270.85          
Independent Ian Stewart McMickan 3.7 203 211              
Independent Michael John Thomson 3.5 194                
Electorate: 9,347   Valid: 5,496   Spoilt: 85   Quota: 1,100   Turnout: 59.7%

North West Dumfries (4 seats)[edit]

North West Dumfries
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Labour Ronnie Nicholson 25.6 1,327            
Conservative John Graham Bell 20.4 1,060            
Labour David John McKie 19.2 996 1,132.95          
SNP Doug Snell 15.6 809 819.85 824.49 827.34 864.91 950.22 1,179.06
Labour Stephen David Harman 12.5 650 722.49 789.41 790.64 823.31 868.90  
Liberal Democrats Joe Sweeney 3.6 188 192.12 194.25 197.99 240.41    
Independent Arthur Tremble 3.1 163 169.73 173.46 177.52      
Electorate: 9,794   Valid: 5,193   Spoilt: 124   Quota: 1,039   Turnout: 54.3%

Mid and Upper Nithsdale (4 seats)[edit]

Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Labour Jim Dempster 22.0 1,261              
Conservative Gill Dykes 19.2 1,102 1,106.10 1,117.38 1,138.47 1,195.83      
Labour John Syme 15.3 876 942.11 961.57 989.39 1,010.03 1,011.46 1,074.06 1,136.04
SNP Andrew Stuart Wood 13.7 783 790.02 816.39 842.57 899.21 901.90 996.69 1,117.31
Conservative Neil McKay 13.1 753 757.74 766.02 794.56 836.65 870.23 985.48  
Liberal Democrats Rog Wood 6.6 378 386.66 397.03 414.48 474.85 477.80    
Independent Mike Steele 4.5 256 258.46 294.01 317.28        
UKIP Douglas Watters 3.1 175 178.01 181.19          
Independent Moses Kungu 2.5 145 149.19            
Electorate: 9,354   Valid: 5,729   Spoilt: 102   Quota: 1,146   Turnout: 62.3%

Lochar (4 seats)[edit]

Lochar
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Labour Jeff Leaver 19.3 978 983 1,010 1,522      
Conservative John Anthony Charteris 17.2 872 882 916 923 949.14 951.08 1,092.25
SNP Lorna Jean McGowan 16.5 836 843 901 930 1,029.85    
Conservative Ivor Alexander Hyslop 15.6 791 799 832 840 860.44 861.94 1,001.14
Labour Alec Martin 11.8 597 603 636        
Independent David Slater 10.9 550 593 672 686. 764.07 768.89  
Liberal Democrats John Robertson 6.3 317 340          
Independent Graham William Sutherland McLeod 2.3 118            
Electorate: 8,900   Valid: 5,059   Spoilt: 73   Quota: 1,012   Turnout: 57.7%

Nith (4 seats)[edit]

Nith
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Labour John Allan Martin 23.0 1,268            
SNP Alistair Witts 20.8 1,145            
Conservative Jack Groom 14.4 794 795.56 798.13 843.68 1,304.35    
Labour Colin Smyth 13.0 714 847.76 854.92 912.09 940.39 954.98 1,262.99
Conservative Frances Hassall 11.3 623 624.69 626.60 662.00      
Liberal Democrats Kerr Little 10.9 598 605.55 614.02 740.42 794.05 857.23  
Independent Robin Wishart 6.7 368 370.34 378.30        
Electorate: 10,021   Valid: 5,510   Spoilt: 79   Quota: 1,103   Turnout: 55.8%

Annandale South (4 seats)[edit]

Annandale South
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Labour Sean William Marshall 23.1 1,324            
Liberal Democrats Richard John Brodie 16.9 970 1,001.63 1,139.01 1,183.28      
Conservative Ian Brian Carruthers 16.4 936 939.92 983.60 1,406.95      
Labour Ronnie Ogilvie 14.1 807 903.93 1,001.72 1,016.26 1,040.12 1,049.86 1,315.73
SNP John McNaught 11.6 665 674.33 743.73 766.00 804.06 812.86  
Conservative Sharon Jane Ledger 9.2 527 530.24 582.65        
Independent John Ramage 8.6 494 504.14          
Electorate: 10,833   Valid: 5,723   Spoilt: 122   Quota: 1,145   Turnout: 53.9%

Annandale North (4 seats)[edit]

Annandale North
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Conservative Roger Brian Grant 18.5 1,011 1,019 1,146        
Labour Ted Brown 15.0 818 843 848 848.95 889.04 1,002.09 1,095.45
Conservative Gail MacGregor 13.7 751 754 834 866.58 907.39 959.48 1,089.89
Liberal Democrats Michael Dickie 13.7 749 786 805 808.86 862.00 1,043.31 1,328.72
SNP Johanne Lydia Wood 13.0 710 733 739 739.82 775.95    
Independent Billy Lockhart 10.0 547 559 578 583.85 796.26 934.26  
Independent Jean Hamilton Purves 8.2 446 461 467 470.72      
Conservative Neil MacInnes 5.1 277 278          
Scottish Green Alis Ballance 2.9 159            
Electorate: 9,951   Valid: 5,468   Spoilt: 84   Quota: 1,094   Turnout: 55.8%

Annandale East (4 seats)[edit]

Annandale East
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Conservative Denis Raymond Male 20.6 992            
Conservative Ian Lindsay 20.4 981            
Labour Archie Dryburgh 17.3 835 835.88 836.63 879.83 997.11    
Conservative Allan Graham 15.8 761 777.19 788.38 816.71 873.51 877.49 1,069.86
SNP Murray Collins 12.9 619 622.39 623.64 667.93 776.26 784.66  
Liberal Democrats Peter James Burn 7.6 368 369.46 370.49 448.63      
Scottish Green Nicholas John Jennings 5.3 257 258.55 259.15        
Electorate: 9,629   Valid: 4,813   Spoilt: 66   Quota: 963   Turnout: 50.7%

By-Elections since 3 May 2007[edit]

  • On 1 May 2008, a by-election was held to fill the seat vacated by Bruce Hodgson who had resigned. Michael John Thomson retained the seat for the Conservative Party.[3]
Abbey by-election May 1, 2008 - 1 Seat[4]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
Conservative Michael John Thomson 40.08 1,713 1,749 1,804 2,006
Labour Tom McAughtrie 33.18 1,393 1,418 1,471 1,712
SNP John Richard McNaught 17.98 755 785 833  
Independent Graham William Sutherland McLeod 4.12 173 216    
Liberal Democrats Keith Joseph Mycock 3.91 164      
Conservative hold Swing
Electorate: 9,381   Valid: 4,224   Spoilt: 26   Quota: 2,100   Turnout: 4,250
  • On 16 June 2011, a by-election was held to fill the seat vacated by Michael John Thomson who had resigned. Tom McAughtrie won the seat for the Labour Party.[5]
Abbey by-election June 16, 2011 - 1 Seat[6]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2
Conservative Kath Lord 39.46 1,236 1,391
Labour Tom McAughtrie 38.19 1,196 1,448
SNP Yowann Byghan 21.65 678  
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Electorate: 9,249   Valid: 3,132   Spoilt: 22   Quota: 1,566   Turnout: 3,154

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The case of the disappearing ward". BBC News. 29 August 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Convener loses place on council". BBC News. 4 May 2007. 
  3. ^ "Tory wins stretch into Scotland". BBC News. 2 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Abbey (Dumfries & Galloway) 1 st May 2008". Alba.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Labour wins Dumfries and Galloway Council by-election". BBC News. 17 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Dumfries and Galloway Council : Abbey Ward By-Election". Dumgal.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-21.