South Lanarkshire Council election, 2012

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South Lanarkshire Council election, 2012
Scotland
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All 67 seats to South Lanarkshire Council
34 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Edward McAvoy Anne Maggs Hamish Stewart
Party Labour SNP Conservative
Leader's seat Rutherglen Central and North East Kilbride Central North Clydesdale East
Last election 30 seats, 44.8% 24 seats, 35.8% 8 seats, 11.9%
Seats before 32 24 8
Seats won 33 28 3
Seat change Increase3 Increase4 Decrease5

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Leader Graeme Campbell Robert Brown
Party Independent Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Avondale and Stonehouse Rutherglen South
Last election 3 seats, 4.5% 2 seats, 3.0%
Seats before 3 2
Seats won 2 1
Seat change Decrease1 Decrease1

South Lanarkshire Council election 2012.svg
Results by ward.

Council Leader before election

Edward McAvoy
Labour

Council Leader after election

Edward McAvoy
Labour

Elections to South Lanarkshire Council were held on 3 May 2012 on the same day as the 31 other local authorities in Scotland. The election used the twenty wards created under the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, with 67 Councillors being elected. Each ward elected either 3 or 4 members, using the STV electoral system.

The election saw Labour retain their traditional position as the largest party on the Council as they gained 3 seat from 2007 to be just 1 seat short of an overall majority. The Scottish National Party also increased their representation and remained in second place on the authority with 4 net gains. The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party were the biggest losers falling from 8 seats to just 3. Independents lost a seat to return to the Council with 2 seats. The Scottish Liberal Democrats lost 1 seat to be reduced to a solitary member. Following the election the Labour Party again formed an administration.

In February 2013 Labour gained overall control of South Lanarkshire Council after winning Rutherglen South by-election from the SNP.[1]

Election result[edit]

South Lanarkshire Local Election Result 2012
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 33 4 1 +3 49.3 43.18 39,895 +3.58
  SNP 28 4 0 +4 41.7 36.37 33,598 +7.17
  Conservative 3 0 5 -5 4.5 10.84 10,015 -2.06
  Independent 2 1 2 -1 3.0 2.96 2,734 -2.24
  Liberal Democrats 1 0 1 -1 1.5 2.75 2,544 -4.45
  Scottish Green 0 - - - - 1.44 1,326 -1.26
  East Kilbride Alliance 0 - - - - 0.74 681 -0.46
  UKIP 0 - - - - 0.56 515 +0.56
  Scottish Unionist 0 - - - - 0.30 278 -0.40
  Scottish Christian 0 - - - - 0.25 230 +0.15
  Christian Peoples 0 - - - - 0.23 209 +0.23
  Scottish Senior Citizens 0 - - - - 0.22 199 +0.22
  Solidarity 0 - - - - 0.18 166 -0.02

Note: "Votes" are the sum of first preference votes across all council wards. The net gain/loss and percentage changes relate to the result of the previous Scottish local elections on 3 May 2007. This is because STV has an element of proportionality which is not present unless multiple seats are being elected. This may differ from other published sources showing gain/loss relative to seats held at dissolution of Scotland's councils.

By-election changes prior to 2012 dissolution[edit]

Between 2007 and 2012 the following changes took place:

SNP gain 1 seat in Blantyre from Independent
Labour gain 1 seat in Cambuslang East from SNP
Labour gain 1 seat in Blantyre from SNP
SNP gain 1 seat in Hamilton West and Earnock from Independent
Independent gain 1 seat in Avondale and Stonehouse from Conservative

Ward results[edit]

Clydesdale West[edit]

  • 2007: 2xSNP; 1xLab; 1xCon
  • 2012: 2xLab; 2xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: Lab gain one seat from Con
Clydesdale West - 4 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9
Labour Eileen Logan (incumbent) 29.12 1,687                
SNP David Shearer (incumbent) 19.83 1,149 1,180.3              
SNP Pat Lee†††††††† 15.90 921 943.8 959.5 977.3 989.2 1,000.4 1,023.1 1094.1 1,247.7
Labour Lynsey Hamilton 15.14 877 1,279.5              
Conservative Alex Allison (incumbent) 11.12 644 653.1 661.7 662.4 673.7 700.3 727.8 798.7  
Independent Duncan McFarlane 4.25 246 258.2 268.6 269.2 283.6 316.9 352.6    
Liberal Democrats Peter Charles Meehan 2.18 126 136.3 143.4 143.8 148.7 149.8      
UKIP Neil MacLeod 1.35 78 81.8 85.6 85.8 95.7        
Scottish Christian Robin Mawhinney 1.12 65 69.4 73.6 73.8          
Electorate: 14,923   Valid: 5,793   Spoilt: 92   Quota: 1,159   Turnout: 5,885 (38.82%)

Clydesdale North[edit]

  • 2007: 1xSNP; 1xLab; 1xCon
  • 2012: 1xLab; 1xSNP; 1xIndependent
  • 2007-2012 Change: Independent gain one seat from Con
Clydesdale North - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Labour Catherine McClymont 27.48 1,253          
SNP Vivienne Shaw 18.12 826 829.6 886.1 1318.1    
Conservative Patrick Ross-Taylor (incumbent) 17.83 813 815.4 864.1 904.5 927.4  
Independent Ed Archer 15.99 729 734.4 836.3 873.8 933.3 1,405.5
SNP George Sutherland (incumbent) 11.41 520 522.3 551.7      
Labour Gordon Muir 9.17 418 510.8        
Electorate: 11,747   Valid: 4,559   Spoilt: 92   Quota: 1,140   Turnout: 4,651 (38.81%)

Clydesdale East[edit]

  • 2007: 2xCon; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 1xSNP; 1xCon; 1xLab
  • 2007-2012 Change: Lab gain one seat from Con
Clydesdale East - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
SNP Bev Gauld (incumbent)††† 22.29 936 981 1,013 1,069.9    
Conservative Hamish Stewart (incumbent) 19.81 832 882 1,453      
SNP Ian Donald McAllan 17.74 745 783 810 849.8 863.9  
Labour Ralph Barker 17.31 727 794 824 875.5 877.2 1,120.4
Conservative John McLatchie 16.48 692 713        
Scottish Green Janet Moxley 6.38 268          
Electorate: 9,815   Valid: 4,200   Spoilt: 65   Quota: 1,051   Turnout: 4,265 (42.79%)

Clydesdale South[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: No change
Clydesdale South - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
SNP Archie Manson (incumbent)†††††† 34.96 1,625          
Labour George Greenshields 24.72 1,149 1,170.3        
Labour Alex McInnes (incumbent) 18.83 875 888.6 893.8 921.4 1044.4 1,250.6
Conservative Colin McGavigan 10.48 487 494.1 494.3 561.7    
SNP Tom McDonald 6.73 313 703.9 704.4 736.4 852  
UKIP Chris McEwan 4.28 199 206.7 206.9      
Electorate: 11,620   Valid: 4,648   Spoilt: 113   Quota: 1,163   Turnout: 4,761 (40.0%)

Avondale and Stonehouse[edit]

  • 2007: 1xSNP; 1xCon; 1xLab; 1xIndependent
  • 2012: 2xSNP; 1xLab; 1xIndependent
  • 2007-2012 Change: SNP gain one seat from Con
Avondale and Stonehouse- 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 Isobel Dorman 21.40 1,148                    
SNP William Holman (incumbent) 16.14 866 922.7 931.8 949.8 992.8 1,061.3 1,162.6        
Labour Margaret Cooper 12.49 670 673.1 674.1 685.2 698.3 732.3 759.3 764 1,158.8    
Conservative Allan Finnie 11.63 624 625.4 634.5 641.6 649.6 666.6 718.7 724.5 734.7 739.4  
Independent Graeme Campbell (incumbent) 9.36 502 503.2 505.2 516.4 525.4 580.6 808 823.5 853 861.9 1,100.3
Labour John Hamilton 9.21 494 494.9 494.9 498.2 521.2 564.2 588.3 596.6      
Independent Lynn Filshie (incumbent) 7.62 409 411.6 417.6 428.7 459.7 554.8          
Independent Jim Malloy (incumbent) 6.32 339 340.4 340.4 357.4 380.5            
Scottish Green Erica Young 3.37 181 183 185.1 189.2              
Independent Kenny Weir 1.75 94 96.4 99.4                
UKIP Melvyn Donald Randall 0.69 37 37.4                  
Electorate: 12,848   Valid: 5,364   Spoilt: 97   Quota: 1,073   Turnout: 5,461 (41.75%)

East Kilbride South[edit]

  • 2007: 2xSNP; 1xLab
  • 2012: 2xSNP; 1xLab
  • 2007-2012 Change: No change
East Kilbride South - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
SNP Archie Buchanan (incumbent) 40.74 1,725        
Labour Jim Docherty (incumbent) 28.43 1,203        
SNP Douglas Edwards (incumbent) 11.22 475 1,020.9 1,029.3 1,038.7 1,061.1
Labour Patrick Quigg 8.01 339 377.6 489.4 499.7 514
East Kilbride Alliance Colin McKay 4.56 193 214.6 219.2 225.7 242.1
Conservative Patricia Harrow 3.40 144 150.9 153.8 162.9 167.9
Solidarity John Park. 2.72 115 123.9 126.4 128.4  
Liberal Democrats Douglas Herbison 0.94 40 45.8 47.6    
Electorate: 11,537   Valid: 4,234   Spoilt: 91   Quota: 1,059   Turnout: 4,325 (36.7%)

East Kilbride Central South[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: No change
East Kilbride Central South - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
SNP John Anderson (incumbent) 38.04 1,721        
Labour Gerry Convery (incumbent) 35.32 1,598          
Labour Susan Kerr 12.84 581 613.5 1,011.9 1,044 1,107.8 1,306.2
SNP Duncan McLean 6.76 306 795.1 804.4 826.4 860.4  
Conservative Isabel Perratt 4.93 223 231.9 236.6 254.2    
Liberal Democrats Alasdair Sutherland 2.10 95 105.9 114.9      
Electorate: 10,854   Valid: 4,524   Spoilt: 133   Quota: 1,132   Turnout: 4,657 (41.68%)

East Kilbride Central North[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 2xSNP
  • 2012: 2xLab; 2xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: No change
East Kilbride Central North - 4 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
SNP Anne Maggs (incumbent) 29.31 1,733              
Labour Alice Marie Mitchell (incumbent) 22.80 1,348              
Labour Christopher Thompson (incumbent) 18.01 1,065 1,100.9 1,230.6          
SNP Sheena Wardhaugh (incumbent) 9.28 549 972.7 977.8 983.7 993.5 1,064.8 1,115.3 1,374.4
Scottish Green Kirsten Robb 8.73 516 560.7 571 579.6 598.7 715.2 819.6  
Conservative William Chalmers 6.33 374 378.4 380.8 383.2 386.3 412.4    
East Kilbride Alliance Clare Keane 4.68 277 287.2 290.7 293.3 302.5      
Solidarity Richard Foster 0.86 51 53.2 53.6 55.4        
Electorate: 14,005   Valid: 5,913   Spoilt: 104   Quota: 1,183   Turnout: 6,017 (42.22%)

East Kilbride West[edit]

  • 2007: 1xSNP; 1xLab; 1xCon
  • 2012: 1xCon; 1xSNP; 1xLab
  • 2007-2012 Change: No change
East Kilbride West - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Conservative Graham Simpson (incumbent) 25.25 1,197          
SNP David Watson(incumbent) 24.22 1,148 1,150.1 1,188.4      
Labour Janice McGinlay 16.98 805 806 849.3 849.3 974.7 1,740.9
Labour Alan Scott (incumbent) 16.88 800 801.4 822.6 822.7 916  
SNP John Reilly 12.22 579 579.5 604.6 606.5    
East Kilbride Alliance Brian Jones 4.45 211 213.1        
Electorate: 12,092   Valid: 4,740   Spoilt: 44   Quota: 1,186   Turnout: 4,784 (39.20%)

East Kilbride East[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 2xSNP; 1xLab
  • 2007-2012 Change: SNP gain one seat from Lab
East Kilbride East - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Labour John Cairney (incumbent) 27.37 1,037        
SNP Jim Wardhaugh (incumbent) 22.51 853 855.3 866.6 912.7 1,030.9
SNP Gladys Miller 20.98 795 798.4 818.5 862.8 976.9
Labour Graham Scott (incumbent) 17.71 671 746.2 765.6 837.3  
Conservative Ian Harrow 8.47 321 322.9 356.9    
Liberal Democrats Nigel Benzies 2.96 112 113.2      
Electorate: 9,622   Valid: 3,789   Spoilt: 72   Quota: 948   Turnout: 3,861 (39.38%)

Rutherglen South[edit]

  • 2007: 1xLab; 1xLib Dem; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 1xLab; 1xLib Dem; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: No change
Rutherglen South - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Labour Brian McKenna (incumbent) 26.03 1,244        
Liberal Democrats Robert Brown 24.71 1,181 1,185.3 1,213.4    
SNP Anne Higgins (incumbent)† 23.88 1,141 1,143.4 1,151.4 1,156.2 1,198.7
Labour Gerard Killen 17.81 851 887.7 914.2 918.1 971.5
Conservative Richard Tawse 4.85 232 232.5 268.6 272.1  
Scottish Unionist Michael Haigh 2.72 130 130.7      
Electorate: 11,153   Valid: 4,779   Spoilt: 72   Quota: 1,195   Turnout: 4,851 (42.85%)

Rutherglen Central and North[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: No change
Rutherglen Central and North - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
Labour Edward McAvoy (incumbent) 40.77 1,571    
SNP Gordon Clark (incumbent) 23.41 902 928.3 973.8
Labour Denis McKenna (incumbent) 20.17 777 1,300.1  
Conservative Jean Miller 5.19 200 204.6 218.9
SNP Michael Hanley 4.10 158 163.4 175.5
Scottish Unionist Jim Nixon 3.84 148 152.3 165.9
Liberal Democrats Tunweer Malik 2.52 97 103.6 128.1
Electorate: 10,280   Valid: 3,853   Spoilt: 113   Quota: 964   Turnout: 3,966 (37.48%)

Cambuslang West[edit]

  • 2007: 1xLab; 1xSNP; 1xLib Dem
  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: Lab gain one seat from Lib Dem
Cambuslang West - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Labour Russell Clearie (incumbent) 34.67 1,669          
SNP Clare McColl (incumbent) 26.17 1,260          
Liberal Democrats David Baillie (incumbent) 14.69 707 752.9 762.3 835.6 1,048.3  
Labour Richard Tullett * 12.59 606 949.8 960.8 1,029.6 1,065.3 1,394.5
Conservative James MacKay 7.15 344 355.6 357.8 387.8    
Scottish Green Janice Sharkey 4.74 228 244.9 260.1      
Electorate: 11,948   Valid: 4,814   Spoilt: 81   Quota: 1,204   Turnout: 4,895 (40.29%)
  • = Sitting Councillor for a different Ward.

Cambuslang East[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: No change
Cambuslang East - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
Labour Walter Brogan (incumbent) 43.04 1,554    
SNP Christine Deanie 23.40 845 875.6 925.4
Labour Pam Clearie (incumbent) 17.47 631 1,176.8  
SNP Alistair Fulton 8.61 311 326.1 340
Conservative Alan Fraser 5.26 190 195 210.7
Liberal Democrats Lindsay Watt 2.22 80 91.7 118
Electorate: 11,090   Valid: 3,611   Spoilt: 103   Quota: 903   Turnout: 3,714 (32.56%)

Blantyre[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 1xIndependent; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 3xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: Lab gain one seat from Independent
Blantyre - 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
Labour Hugh Dunsmuir (incumbent) 25.04 1,144                  
SNP Bert Thomson (incumbent)††††† 20.33 929                  
Labour Jim Handibode (incumbent)††††††††† 16.55 756 935.7                
Labour John McNamee (incumbent) 12.67 579 600.9 616.9 617.4 621.4 626.2 638.7 686.5 751.7 843.7
SNP John Mullen 10.29 470 472.2 472.7 484.2 485.7 489.8 511.9 541.9 580.8  
Independent Michael Martin 5.12 234 238.2 238.9 239.4 241.4 259.7 297 348.4    
Christian Peoples Michael McGlynn 4.57 209 212 213.2 213.6 213.6 216.9 253.2      
Conservative Isobel Black 3.85 176 179 179.4 179.7 187.7 190.8        
Independent Gavin Wallace 0.88 40 41.4 41.6 41.9 45          
Liberal Democrats Mike Watson 0.70 32 33 33.1 33.2            
Electorate: 13,021   Valid: 4,569   Spoilt: 135   Quota: 914   Turnout: 4,704 (35.09%)

Bothwell and Uddingston[edit]

  • 2007: 1xCon; 1xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 1xSNP; 1xLab; 1xCon
  • 2007-2012 Change: No change
Bothwell and Uddingston - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2
SNP Jim McGuigan (incumbent) 35.22 1,342  
Labour Maureen Devlin (incumbent) 29.50 1,124  
Conservative Anne Kegg 23.78 906 1,000.5
Labour Patrick Morgan 11.50 438 550.8
Electorate: 9,525   Valid: 3,810   Spoilt: 59   Quota: 953   Turnout: 3,869 (40.00%)

Hamilton North and East[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: No change
Hamilton North and East - 3 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Labour Davie McLachlan(incumbent) 24.37 1,037 1,045 1,073      
SNP Lynn Adams †††††††††† 22.20 945 964 994 994.3 1,044.3 1,726.4
Labour Monica Lennon 18.66 794 808 827 833.5 892.5 944.7
SNP Barry Douglas (incumbent) 18.23 776 792 803 803.4 862.4  
Conservative Margaret Murray 10.10 430 448 471 471.2    
Independent Balarabe Baba 3.31 141 170        
Scottish Green Alasdair Duke 3.13 133          
Electorate: 12,361   Valid: 4,256   Spoilt: 112   Quota: 1,065   Turnout: 4,368 (34.43%)

Hamilton West and Earnock[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP; 1xIndependent
  • 2012: 2xLab; 2xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: SNP gain one seat from Independent
Hamilton West and Earnock - 4 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
Labour Allan Falconer (incumbent) 27.28 1,170    
SNP Graeme Horne (incumbent) 26.88 1,153    
Labour Jean McKeown (incumbent) 20.07 861    
SNP John Menzies (incumbent) 13.80 592 639.9 887.7
Conservative Connar McBain 8.60 369 387.1 395.6
Liberal Democrats McKenzie Gibson 1.73 74 101.9 107.9
UKIP Rob Sale 1.63 70 94.8 98.6
Electorate: 13,853   Valid: 4,289   Spoilt: 77   Quota: 858   Turnout: 4,366 (30.96%)

Hamilton South[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP; 1xCon
  • 2012: 2xLab; 2xSNP
  • 2007-2012 Change: SNP gain one seat from Con
Hamilton South - 4 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Labour Joe Lowe (incumbent) 36.6 1,975            
SNP Angela Crawley††††††† 23.2 1,255            
Labour Brian McCaig (incumbent) 14.8 800 1,512.3          
SNP Bobby Lawson (incumbent)†† 9.3 502 537.4 598.9 746.5 773.4 861.1 988.3
Conservative John Murray (incumbent) 9.2 496 515.9 542.3 544.5 583.9 653.6  
Scottish Senior Citizens David Holland 3.7 199 233.9 313.7 323.5 379.8    
Scottish Christian Craig Smith 3.1 165 175.9 197.5 200.3      
Electorate: 14,383   Valid: 5,392   Spoilt: 134   Quota: 1,079   Turnout: 5,526 (37.49%)

Larkhall[edit]

  • 2007: 2xLab; 2xSNP
  • 2012: 2xLab; 2xSNP
  • 2007-2012: No change
Larkhall - 4 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
Labour Jackie Burns (incumbent) 37.42 1,965    
SNP Peter Craig (incumbent) 21.41 1,124    
SNP Lesley McDonald (incumbent)†††† 18.24 958 1,009.6 1,102.4
Labour Andy Carmichael (incumbent) 14.32 752 1,506.9  
Conservative David Murray 6.11 321 333.6 363.4
UKIP Donald Murdo MacKay 2.50 131 140.8 176.5
Electorate: 14,510   Valid: 5,251   Spoilt: 106   Quota: 1,051   Turnout: 5,357 (36.19%)

Changes since last election[edit]

  • † Rutherglen South SNP Cllr Anne Higgins died on 20 November 2012. A by-election was held on 14 February 2013 and was won by Labour's Gerard Killen which gave the party an overall majority on the Council.[2]
  • †† Hamilton South SNP Cllr Bobby Lawson died on 13 August 2013. A by-election was held on 24 October 2013 and was won by the Labour Party's Stuart Gallacher.[3]
  • ††† Clydesdale East SNP Cllr Reverend Bev Gauld resigned from the party and became an Independent after the party legalised same-sex marriage[4]
  • †††† Larkhall SNP Cllr Lesley McDonald defected from the SNP and joined the Labour Party on 2 May 2014.[5]
  • ††††† Blantyre SNP Cllr Bert Thomson defected from the SNP and joined the Labour Party in 2014.
  • †††††† Clydesdale South SNP Cllr Archie Manson resigned on 14 March 2014 on health grounds. The by-election was won by the Labour Party's Gordon Muir on 5 June 2014. [6]
  • ††††††† Hamilton South SNP Cllr Angela Crawley was elected as a MP for Lanark and Hamilton East on 7 May 2015. She resigned her Council seat on 22 May 2015.[7] A by-election was held to fill the vacancy on 6 August 2015 and it was won by the SNP's John Ross.
  • †††††††† Clydesdale West SNP Cllr Pat Lee defected from the SNP and joined Solidarity on 27 May 2015.[8]
  • ††††††††† Blantyre Labour Party Cllr Jim Handibode died on 19 September 2015.[9] A by-election was held to fill the vacancy on 10 December 2015 and was won by Labour's Mo Razzaq.
  • †††††††††† Hamilton North and East SNP Cllr Lynn Adams died on 21 September 2015.[10] A by-election was held on 21 January 2016 to fill the vacancy and it was won by the party's Stephanie Callaghan.

By-elections since 2012[edit]

Rutherglen South By-election (14 February 2013) [11]- 1 Seat
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Labour Gerard Killen 39.86% 1,352 1,358 1,370 1,376 1,396 1,616 2,090
Liberal Democrats David Baillie 29.45% 999 1,004 1,016 1,035 1,104 1,278  
SNP Margaret Ferrier 20.99% 712 714 730 741 755    
Conservative Aric Gilinisky 3.77% 128 133 134 170      
UKIP Donald Murdo MacKay 3.27% 111 115 120        
Scottish Green Susan Martin 1.74% 59 60          
Independent Craig Smith 0.91% 31            
Electorate:     Valid: 3,392   Spoilt: 46 (1.34%)   Quota: 1,697   Turnout: 3,438 (26.61%)
Hamilton South By-election (24 October 2013) [12]- 1 Seat
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1
Labour Stuart Gallacher 51.7% 1,781
SNP Josh Wilson 32.5% 1,120
Conservative Lynne Nailon 9.4% 322
Scottish Christian Craig Martin 3.9% 133
UKIP Josh Richardson 2.5% 86
Electorate:     Valid: 3,442   Spoilt: 43   Quota: 1,722   Turnout: 3,485
Clydesdale South By-election (5 June 2014) [13]- 1 Seat
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Labour Gordon Muir 40.8% 1,492 1,512 1,559 1,819 2,366
SNP George Sneddon 32.0% 1,170 1,203 1,260 1,356  
Conservative Donna Hood 18.0% 659 674 744    
UKIP Donald MacKay 6.4% 233 247      
Scottish Green Ruth Thomas 2.8% 104        
Electorate:     Valid: 3,658   Spoilt: 52   Quota: 1,830   Turnout: 3,710 (30.97%)
Hamilton South By-election (6 August 2015)- 1 Seat[14]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
SNP John Ross 48.0 1881 1883 1888 1905 1919 1988
Labour Jim Lee 35.6 1396 1398 1405 1410 1425 1460
Conservative Lynne Nailon 8.9 349 349 354 365 389 394
Scottish Green John Kane 3.2 127 128 132 135 146  
Scottish Christian Craig Smith 2.0 77 80 81 84    
UKIP Donald Murdo MacKay 1.1 43 44 45      
Liberal Democrats Matthew Cockburn 0.82 32 34        
Pirate Andrew McCallum 0.33 13          
Electorate: 14811   Valid: 3918   Spoilt: 52   Quota: 1960   Turnout: 3970 (26.8%)
Blantyre By-election (10 December 2015) - 1 Seat[15]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Labour Mo Razzaq 47.2 1,476 1,483 1,504 1,536 1,589
SNP Gerry Chambers 39.6 1,236 1,246 1,259 1,314 1,327
Conservative Taylor Muir 4.5 140 156 172 173  
Scottish Socialist Sean Baillie[16] 3.9 122 125 133    
Liberal Democrats Stephen Reid 2.9 92 97      
UKIP Emma Jay Docherty 1.9 59        
Electorate: 13,745   Valid: 3,125   Spoilt: 45   Quota: 1,563   Turnout: 3,170 (23.1%)
Hamilton North and East By-election (January 21 2016) - 1 Seat[17]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
SNP Stephanie Callaghan 42.9% 1,089 1,096 1,138 1,206 1,569
Labour Lyndsay Clelland 33.6% 855 861 878 1,052  
Conservative James MacKay 18.5% 469 480 485    
Scottish Green Steven Hannigan 3.3% 83 90      
Liberal Democrats Norman Rae 1.8% 45        
Electorate: 12,423   Valid: 2,541   Spoilt: 31   Quota: 1,271   Turnout: 2,572 (20.2%)

References[edit]

http://www.andrewteale.me.uk/pdf/2012/s-lanarks12.pdf