East Renfrewshire Council election, 2012

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East Renfrewshire Council election, 2012
Scotland
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All 20 seats to East Renfrewshire Council
11 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Jim Fletcher Jim Swift Tony Buchanan
Party Labour Conservative SNP
Leader's seat Giffnock and Thornliebank Newton Mearns South Neilston, Uplawmoor and Newton Mearns North
Last election 7 seats, 35.0% 7 seats, 35% 3 seats, 15%
Seats before 7 7 3
Seats won 8 6 4
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1 Increase1

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Leader Danny Devlin Alex Mackie
Party Independent Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Barrhead Giffnock and Thornliebank defeated
Last election 2 seats, 10% 1 seat, 5%
Seats before 2 1
Seats won 2 0
Seat change - Decrease1

East Renfrewshire Council election 2012.svg
The 6 multi-member wards

Council Leader before election

Jim Fletcher
Labour

Council Leader after election

Jim Fletcher
Labour

The 2012 East Renfrewshire Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of East Renfrewshire Council. The election used the six wards created as a result of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, with each ward electing three or four Councillors using the single transferable vote system a form of proportional representation, with 20 Councillors being elected.

The election saw Labour gain 1 seat while also increasing their vote share. The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party lost 1 seat and saw their vote share fall as they now become the second largest party on the Council. The Scottish National Party gained 1 seat to increase their numbers to 4 and remained the third largest party. Independents retained their 2 seats while the Scottish Liberal Democrats were wiped out again losing their single seat on the authority.

Following the election the Labour Party formed a Coalition with SNP and the Independent Danny Devlin. This was in effect a continuation of the previous Labour - SNP - Independent - Lib Dem coalition administration which had existed before 2012.

Election result[edit]

East Renfrewshire Local Election Result 2012
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 8 1 0 +1 40% 31.11 10,228 +3.31
  Conservative 6 0 1 -1 30% 29.68 9,757 -4.72
  SNP 4 1 0 +1 20% 19.84 6,521 +3.84
  Independent 2 - - - 10% 14.92 4,906 +4.12
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 1 -1 0% 3.43 1,128 -6.77
  Scottish Green 0 - - - - 0.85 278 +0.25
  UKIP 0 - - - - 56 0

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 results[edit]

Neilston, Uplawmoor and Newton Mearns North[edit]

  • 2007: 2xCon; 1xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xCon; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012: Lab gain one seat from Con
Neilston, Uplawmoor and Newton Mearns North - 4 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Conservative Charlie Gilbert (incumbent) 23.26 1417              
SNP Tony Buchanan (incumbent) 17.34 1052 1059 1075 1090 1294      
Labour Elaine Green (incumbent) 18.11 1099 1113 1122 1150 1164 1179 1246  
Labour Paul O'Kane 17.11 1038 1043 1059 1077 1086 1095 1140 1165
Conservative Leslie Rosin (incumbent) 10.55 640 773 784 817 827 831 901 902
Scottish Green Grace McCarthy 4.58 278 289 327 372 395 411    
SNP Frank Rankin 4.10 249 252 262 272        
Liberal Democrats Roy Provan 2.51 152 162 180          
Independent Graham Williamson 2.34 142 148            

Barrhead[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 1xIndependent; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xIndependent; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012: No change
Barrhead - 4 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Independent Danny Devlin (incumbent) 28.79 1741          
Labour Betty Cunningham (incumbent) 23.43 1417          
Labour Kenny Hay 10.40 629 726 874 880 923 1064
SNP Tommy Reilly 11.84 716 799 813 819 854 964
SNP Douglas Yates 11.84 716 776 783 787 824 927
Independent Eddie Phillips 7.09 429 563 574 589 692  
Conservative Tariq Parvez 5.69 344 373 377 395    
UKIP Sarah-Louise Hemy 0.93 56 70 72      

Giffnock and Thornliebank[edit]

  • 2007: 1xLab; 1xCon; 1xLib Dem
  • 2012: 1xLab; 1xCon; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012: SNP gain one seat from Lib Dem
Giffnock and Thornliebank - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
Labour Jim Fletcher (incumbent) 35.53 1,935    
Conservative Gordon Wallace (incumbent) 21.36 1,163 1,207 1,398
SNP Vincent Waters 19.89 1,083 1,209 1,375
Independent Hugh Moore 11.84 645 751 994
Liberal Democrats Alex Mackie (incumbent) 11.38 620 747  

Netherlee, Stamperland and Williamwood[edit]

  • 2007: 1xLab; 1xIndependent; 1xCon
  • 2012: 1xLab; 1xIndependent; 1xCon
  • 2007-2012: No change
Netherlee, Stamperland and Williamwood - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
Labour Mary Montague (incumbent) 29.79 1,528      
Independent Ralph Robertson (incumbent) 29.10 1,493      
Conservative Gordon McCaskill (incumbent)† 20.51 1,052 1,074 1,141 1,205
SNP Irene Anderson 18.19 933 1,006 1,064 1,120
Liberal Democrats Gordon Cochrane 2.42 124 171 198  

Newton Mearns South[edit]

  • 2007: 2xCon; 1xLab
  • 2012: 2xCon; 1xLab
  • 2007-2012: No change
Newton Mearns South - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Conservative Jim Swift (incumbent) 30.23 1,448          
Conservative Barbara Grant (incumbent) 22.99 1,101 1,186 1,200      
Labour Ian McAlpine (incumbent) 17.10 819 825 844 844 889 1,115
Conservative Alistair Haw 10.23 490 626 630 632 709 819
SNP Frank Angell 12.67 607 613 629 629 684  
Independent Bryson McNeil 5.07 243 250 268 268    
Liberal Democrats Anna McCurley 1.71 82 84        

Busby, Clarkston and Eaglesham[edit]

  • 2007: 1xLab; 1xCon; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 1xLab; 1xSNP; 1xCon
  • 2007-2012: No change
Busby, Clarkston and Eaglesham - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
Labour Alan Lafferty (incumbent) 32.69 1,763    
SNP Alastair Carmichael (incumbent) 21.60 1,165 1,275 1,336
Conservative Stewart Miller (incumbent) 22.68 1,223 1,260 1,301
Conservative Alec White 16.30 879 890 900
Independent George Kennedy 3.95 213 278 323
Liberal Democrats Ritchie Adam 2.78 150 208  

Post-Election Changes[edit]

  • † Netherlee, Stamperland and Williamwood Conservative Cllr Gordon McCaskill was suspended by the party following comments he made on Twitter about Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and Islamic State. He has since been reinstated by the Conservative Group.

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References[edit]

Source: http://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3565