The 1977 Cumnock and Doon Valley District Council Election was held on 3 May 1977, the same day as the other Scottish local government elections, and constituted the second election for the Council.

Cumnock and Doon Valley was part of the area covered by the South Ayrshire parliamentary constituency. Since 1970 the constituency had been held by the Labour MP Jim Sillars, although Sillars had left the party in 1976 in part due a belief that the Labour party's devolution proposals had been lackluster. Having left Labour, Sillars helped found the Scottish Labour Party alongside John Robertson and Alex Neil.

The 1977 Scottish District Elections proved to be the SLP's first test. Ultimately, however, the party fared poorly, with their best result being seen in Cumnock and Doon Valley. Even here, however, the party only won 2 of the councils 10 seats, although the nationalist parties - the SLP and SNP - between them polled some 42% of the vote.

Election results

Cumnock and Doon Valley District Council Election Result 1977[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 6 2 4 Decrease2 40.1 4,613
  SLP 2 2 0 Increase2 24.7 2,845
  Conservative 1 1 1 Steady 8.3 954
  Independent 1 1 0 Increase1 6.4 732
  SNP 0 0 0 Steady 0.00 17.3 1,984
  Independent Labour 0 0 1 Decrease1 0.00 3.2 373

Ward results

3. Old Cumnock Parish[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
SLP W. Pender 543 51.8
Labour J. Smith 506 48.2
Majority 37
Turnout 44.0
SLP gain from Labour
8. Patna/Dalrymple[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
SLP T. Hainey 734 39.4
Labour M. Rooney 636 34.1
SNP G. Guthrie 495 26.5
Majority 98
Turnout 59.0
SLP gain from Labour

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