Shetland Islands Council election, 2007

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Results by ward.

Elections to Shetland Islands 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 seven 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. The new wards replaced 22 single-member wards which used the plurality (first past the post) system of election. The Council was one of only three in Scotland with a majority of elected members who were independents.[1][2]

Election results[edit]

Shetland Islands Local Election Result 2007
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Independent 22 5 0 Increase5 100.0 92.8 9,249 Increase13.8%
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 5 Decrease5 0.0 3.0 300 Decrease18%
  Scottish Socialist 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 2.6 260 Increase2.6%
  Conservative 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.6 159 Increase1.6%

Ward results[edit]

Shetland Islands council election, 2007: North Isles
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent Josie Simpson 479 33.5 1 1
Independent Laura Baisley 197 13.8 2 6
Independent Robert Henderson 145 10.1 3 6
Independent Brian Gregson 145 10.1
Independent Gordon Williamson 126 8.8
Independent Laurence Odie 117 8.2
Independent Laurence Robertson 113 7.9
Independent Robert Thomson 107 7.5
Shetland Islands council election, 2007: Shetland North
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent Alastair Cooper 438 31.6 1 1
Independent Addie Doull 215 15.5 2 6
Independent Bill Manson 214 15.5 3 6
Independent Barbara Cheyne 186 13.4
Independent Kenny Hughson 135 9.6
Independent Alan MacDonald 82 5.9
Independent Daniel Robertson 68 4.9
Independent Joan Easten 46 3.3
Shetland Islands council election, 2007: Shetland West
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent Frank Robertson 384 31.6 1 1
Independent Gary Robinson 289 23.8 1 2
Independent Florence Grains 245 20.1 3 4
Independent Brian Anderson 174 14.3
Independent Marion Hughson 124 10.2
Shetland Islands council election, 2007: Shetland Central
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent Iris Hawkins 330 27.2 1 1
Independent Andrew Hughson 311 25.6 2 1
Independent Betty Fullerton 257 21.2 3 7
Independent Ian Scott 131 10.8
Independent Geordie Pottinger 98 8.1
Independent John Hunter 46 3.8
Independent Jim Ivens 23 1.9
Independent Scotty Dyble 19 1.6
Shetland Islands council election, 2007: Shetland South
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent Alison Duncan 501 31.6 1 1
Independent Jim Budge 350 22.1 2 4
Independent Rick Nickerson 286 18.0 3 4
Liberal Democrats Gordon Mitchell 225 14.2
Independent John Hunter 148 9.3
Liberal Democrats James Friedlander 75 4.5
Shetland Islands council election, 2007: Lerwick North
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent Allan Wishart 505 39.2 1 1
Independent Sandy Cluness 264 20.5 2 3
Independent Caroline Miller 206 16.0 3 5
Independent Bill Adams 125 9.7
Scottish Socialist Kin Learmonth 110 8.6
Independent Kathy Greaves 79 6.1
Shetland Islands council election, 2007: Lerwick South
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent Cecil Eunson 489 26.4 1 1
Independent Gussie Angus 473 25.6 2 1
Independent Cecil Smith 199 10.8 3 7
Conservative Maurice Mullay 159 8.6
Scottish Socialist Robbie Leith 150 8.1
Independent Jim Henry 127 6.9 4 8
Independent Michael Peterson 116 6.3
Independent Geoff Feather 97 5.2
Independent Lindsay Smith 40 2.2

By-elections since 2007 Elections[edit]

  • On 28 February 2008 Independent Dr Jonathan Willis won a by-election which arose following the death of Independent Councillor Cecil Eunson on 25 December 2007.
Lerwick South By-Election (28 February 2008)- 1 seat[3]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Independent Dr Jonathan Willis 25.08 332 335 350 361 402 462 576
Independent Peter Campbell 17.60 233 240 246 272 317 370 465
Independent Lyle Williamson 17.22 228 229 234 245 286 337  
Independent Robbie Leith 13.82 183 188 204 216 228    
Conservative Maurice Mullay 12.76 169 171 177 199      
Independent Geoff Feather 6.57 87 91 96        
Independent Larry Deyell 4.76 63 66          
Independent Vic Thomas 2.19 29            
Independent hold Swing
Electorate: 3,382   Valid: 1,324   Spoilt: 7   Quota: 663   Turnout: 1,331 (39.15%)
  • On 15 December 2011 Independent David Sandison won a by-election which arose following the resignation of Independent Councillor Iris Hawkins on 30 September 2011.
Shetland Central By-Election (15 December 2011)- 1 seat[4]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2
Independent David Sandison 48.4 332 352
Independent Stephen Morgan 16.9 116 124
Independent Ian Scott 15.6 107 115
Independent Robert Williamson 10.9 75 81
Conservative Clive Richardson 4.2 29  
Independent Scotty van der Tol 3.9 27  
Independent hold Swing
Electorate: 2,300   Valid: 686   Spoilt: 4   Quota: 344   Turnout: 690 (30%)

References[edit]

  1. ^ MacMahon, Peter and Walker, Helen (18 May 2007) "Winds of change sweep Scots town halls". Edinburgh. The Scotsman. The other two independent run Councils are Orkney and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Moray is run by a Conservative/Independent coalition.
  2. ^ "Political Groups" Shetland Islands Council. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  3. ^ http://www.alba.org.uk/localby/lerwicksouth.html
  4. ^ http://www.kristoferkeane.co.uk/by-shetlandcentral.html