Midlothian Council election, 2012

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Midlothian Council election, 2012
Scotland
2007 ←
3 May 2012 (2012-05-03)
→ 2017

All 18 seats to Midlothian Council
10 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Derek Milligan Bob Constable Ian Baxter
Party Labour SNP Scottish Green
Leader's seat Bonnyrigg Midlothian East Bonnyrigg
Last election 9 seats, 50% 6 seats, 33.3% 0 seats, 0%
Seats before 10 6 0
Seats won 8 8 1
Seat change Decrease1 Increase2 Increase1

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Leader Peter de Vink Les Thacker
Party Independent Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Midlothian East Midlothian West defeated
Last election 0 seats, 0% 3 seats, 16.7%
Seats before 0 2
Seats won 1 0
Seat change Increase1 Decrease3

Council Leader before election

Derek Milligan
Labour

Council Leader after election

Bob Constable
SNP

The 2012 Midlothian Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Midlothian 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 18 Councillors being elected.

The election saw Labour retain their traditional position as the largest party on the Council though they lost compared to the 2007 Election. The Scottish National Party significantly increased their representation with 2 net gains and a significant rise in vote share to have the same seat numbers as the Labour Party. The Scottish Green Party gained a seat on the Council for the first time and so to did Independent, former Conservative member, Peter de Vink. The Scottish Liberal Democrats were wiped out from this authority as well losing all their 3 seats although 1 members had defected after 2007.

Following the election the SNP formed a minority administration with the support of the Green Party and the Independent. This is the first time that Labour had not had a role in the running of Midlothian in 84 years.

Election result[edit]

Midlothian Local Election Result 2012
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 8 0 1 -1 44.44 39.49 9,967 +2.69
  SNP 8 2 0 +2 44.44 39.47 9,936 +5.97
  Scottish Green 1 1 0 +1 5.56 4.49 1,134 +2.59
  Independent 1 1 0 +1 5.56 3.75 946 +1.75
  Conservative 0 0 0 0 0 8.51 2,147 -1.59
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 3 -3 0 3.73 941 -8.87
  TUSC 0 0 0 0 0 0.67 168 +0.67

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]

Penicuik[edit]

  • 2007: 1xSNP; 1xLab; 1xLib Dem
  • 2012: 2xSNP; 1xLab
  • 2007-2012: SNP gain one seat from Lib Dem
Penicuik - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
SNP Derek George Rosie 29.9 1,427          
Labour Adam Montgomery (incumbent) 28.6 1,363          
SNP Joe Wallace 14.8 706 915.6 950.6 1,009.1 1,057.9 1,343.9
Liberal Democrats Sheila Thacker 11.8 562 571.5 601.6 721.8 993.1  
Conservative Sandy Forrest 9.9 474 476.5 489.8 505.9    
Scottish Green Gary Christopher Bell 5.0 237 242.6 269.5      
Electorate: 10,693   Valid: 4,769   Spoilt: 76   Quota: 1,193   Turnout: 4,845 (44.6%)

Bonnyrigg[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 1xLab; 1xSNP; 1xGRN
  • 2007-2012 Change: GRN gain one seat from Lab
Bonnyrigg - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Labour Derek Milligan (incumbent) 30.67 1,574            
SNP Bob Constable (incumbent) 24.49 1,257 1,272.1 1,566.5        
Scottish Green Ian Baxter 13.07 671 681.3 704.2 787.1 930.4 1,079.9 1,407.4
Labour Louie Lorraine Milliken 10.23 525 749.4 768.5 809.4 864.9 1,020.4  
Independent Jack Aitchison (incumbent) 7.44 382 396.9 406.5 430.3 474.1    
Conservative Emma Cummings 7.11 365 368.5 373.5 386.8      
SNP Thomas Munro 6.98 358 366.5          
Electorate: 12,007   Valid: 5,132   Spoilt: 99   Quota: 1,284   Turnout: 5,205 (42.74%)

Dalkeith[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: No change
Dalkeith - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Labour Alex Bennett 31.6 1,021        
SNP Jim Bryant 24.9 803 816.9      
Labour Margot Russell (incumbent) 18.7 604 760.2 760.6 774.9 810.6
SNP Colin Cassidy 12.7 410 417.7 425.6 447.6 469.1
Conservative Robin Traquair 5.7 184 187.3 187.4 194.8 235.2
Liberal Democrats George Boyd 4.1 133 138.8 138.9 152.4  
TUSC Willie Duncan 2.3 75 80.8 80.9    
Electorate: 8,678   Valid: 3,230   Spoilt: 81   Quota: 808   Turnout: 3,311 (37.22%)

Midlothian West[edit]

  • 2007: 1xSNP; 1xLab; 1xLib Dem
  • 2012: 2xSNP; 1xLab
  • 2007-2012 Change: SNP gain one seat from Lib Dem
Midlothian West - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
SNP Andrew Coventry 21.5 930 935 943 987 1,017 1,071 1,106
SNP Owen Thompson (incumbent) 18.20 789 793 805 832 861 900 960
Labour Russell Imrie (incumbent) 17.9 776 778 784 823 872 966 1,595
Labour Alex Jones 17.58 762 764 773 794 821 856  
Conservative Andrew Hardie 10.7 462 480 497 567      
Liberal Democrats Les Thacker (incumbent) 5.67 246 247 263 309      
Scottish Green Helen Blackburn 5.2 226 234 258        
Independent George McCleery 2.38 103 115          
TUSC Lynn Leitch 0.95 41            
Electorate: 10,714   Valid: 4,335   Spoilt: 54   Quota: 1,084   Turnout: 4,389 (40.46%)

Midlothian East[edit]

  • 2007: 1xSNP; 1xLab; 1xLib Dem
  • 2012: 1xSNP; 1xLab; 1xIndependent
  • 2007-2012 Change: Independent gain one seat from Lib Dem
Midlothian East - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
SNP Lisa Beattie (incumbent) 33.1 1,372            
Labour Peter Boyes (incumbent) 24.2 1,003 1,015.5 1,020.5 1,036.7 1,048.6    
Labour Katie Moffat (incumbent) 11.5 475 486.9 493.2 525.7      
Independent Peter de Vink 11.1 461 484.9 503.4 686.3 737.8 800.9 1014.3
SNP Paul Bertram 9.8 405 656.9 665.9 689.4 721.1 781.7  
Conservative Richard Thomson 9.1 379 388.3 388.3        
TUSC Bob Goupillot 1.3 52 54.2          
Electorate: 10,409   Valid: 4,147   Spoilt: 78   Quota: 1,037   Turnout: 4,225 (39.84%)

Midlothian South[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: No change
Midlothian South - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Labour Jim Muirhead (incumbent) 36.0 1,305        
SNP Cath Johnstone 21.7 786 807.9 845.1 855.7 1538.5
SNP Dougie Crawford 19.1 693 706.1 729.7 732.3  
Labour Bryan Pottinger 15.4 559 870.9 947.9    
Conservative Peter Smaill 7.8 283 293.9      
Electorate: 9,288   Valid: 3,626   Spoilt: 68   Quota: 907   Turnout: 3,694 (39.04%)

References[edit]

http://www.midlothian.gov.uk/news/article/492/midlothian_council_local_government_election_results_2012


Preceded by
Midlothian Council election, 2007
Midlothian Council elections Succeeded by
Midlothian Council election, 2017