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1990 Western Isles Area Council election
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All 30 seats to Western Isles Council
16 seats needed for a majority
  First party
Leader Sandy Matheson
Party Independent
Leader's seat Newton
Last election 30 seats, 99.7%
Seats won 30
Seat change Steady
Popular vote 7,179
Percentage 100.0%
Swing Increase0.3

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The result of the election

Council control before election

Sandy Matheson

Council control after election

Donald Macaulay

The fifth election to the Western Isles Council was held on 3 May 1990 as part of the wider 1990 Scottish regional elections.

The Council's inaugural Convener, Donald Macaulay, was re-elected to the position after an eight-year absence. He would only serve until 1991, resigning in response to the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International which led to the Council losing £24 million.[1]

Aggregate results

Western Isles Council election, 1990[2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Independent 30 100.0 100.0 7,179 Increase0.3


  1. ^ "Rev Donald Macaulay Minister and convener of the Western Isles Council during the BCCI crisis". The Herald.
  2. ^ pp.40-41