2003 South Ayrshire Council election

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All 30 seats to South Ayrshire Council
16 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader Andrew Hill
Party Conservative Labour
Seats before 12 18
Seats won 15 15
Seat change Increase3 Decrease3
Popular vote 20,657 18,296
Percentage 41.5 36.7
Swing Increase6.1 Decrease4.4

A map highlighting party support by electoral ward where red represents the Scottish Labour Party and blue the Scottish Conservative Party.

Elections to South Ayrshire Council area were held on 1 May 2003, alongside elections to the Scottish Parliament. All 30 seats were up and this was the final election to the council using First Past the Post. Whilst the Scottish Conservative Party were able to achieve more votes than any other party in the council area, they only received 15 seats - no majority administration was formed with the Scottish Labour Party also holding 15 council seats. Labour continued to run the council after the election following a "cut of the cards" to decide which party would run the administration.[1]

Election result

South Ayrshire Local Election Result 2003[2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 15 +3 - +3 50.0 41.5 20,657
  Labour 15 - -3 -3 50.0 36.7 18,296
  SNP 0 - - - 0.0 17.3 8,623
  Independent 0 - - - 0.0 2.9 1,447
  Scottish Socialist 0 - - - 0.0 1.3 654

Ward results

Troon

Troon North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alistair Kerr 919 49.28 +4.42
Labour Philip Saxton 512 27.45 -3.38
SNP John Sawers 434 23.27 -1.07
Majority 407 21.83 +7.80
Troon West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gordon McKenzie 844 48.65 -0.50
SNP Agnes McFarlane 460 26.51 +0.68
Conservative Paul Gregory 378 21.79 -3.24
Majority 384 22.14 -1.18
Troon East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William McIntosh 704 38.96 -3.24
Independent Patricia Brown 519 28.72 New
Labour Stewart Wakelam 373 20.64 -13.53
SNP Agnes McFarlane 211 11.68 -11.93
Majority 185 10.24 +2.18
Troon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Convery 1,296 70.67 +2.37
Labour Henry Wilson 285 15.54 -1.72
SNP Robert Inglis 253 13.79 -0.65
Majority 1,011 55.13 +4.09

Prestwick and Monkton

Prestwick St Ninian's
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Margaret Toner 989 59.54 +11.68
Labour Patricia McLellan 458 27.57 -4.04
SNP Alan Stewart 214 12.88 -7.65
Majority 531 31.97 +15.72
Prestwick St Cuthbert's and Monkton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hugh Hunter 1,006 53.14 +11.99
Labour Angela Glen 572 30.22 -5.73
SNP Isabella Wallace 315 16.64 -6.26
Majority 434 22.92 +17.72
Prestwick St Nicholas'
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Helen Moonie 777 47.55 -2.53
Conservative Thomas McGillivray 488 29.87 +6.95
SNP James McGibbon 369 22.58 -4.42
Majority 289 17.68 -5.40
Prestwick Kingcase
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Pamela Patterson 1,007 55.00 +12.62
Labour Michael O'Brien 572 31.24 -8.52
SNP Marie Taylor 252 13.76 -4.11
Majority 435 23.76 +21.14
Prestwick Toll
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Watson 778 47.41 -4.90
Conservative Peter Smith 403 24.56 +1.07
SNP John Allan 346 21.08 -3.11
Scottish Socialist Annette Johnston 114 6.95 New
Majority 375 22.86 -5.26

Ayr

Ayr Newton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Stewart 748 44.58 -1.21
Conservative John Fisher 560 33.37 +7.13
SNP Thomas Slider 370 22.05 -5.92
Majority 188 11.21 -16.91
Ayr Lochside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Douglas Campbell 722 58.70 -2.01
SNP John Wallace 220 17.89 -12.07
Conservative George Wade 184 14.96 +5.63
Scottish Socialist Amanda McFarlane 104 8.46 New
Majority 502 40.81 +10.07
Ayr Whitletts
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alexander Cairns 880 68.59 +2.62
SNP Alex Taylor 217 16.91 -12.06
Scottish Socialist William Tyrie 113 8.81 New
Conservative Donald Reece 73 5.69 +0.63
Majority 663 51.68 +14.68
Ayr Craigie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Cavana 868 60.40 +3.35
SNP James McNae 286 19.90 -4.44
Conservative Alice Mitchell 283 19.69 +1.08
Majority 582 40.50 +7.79
Ayr Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Campbell 629 44.96 -0.23
Conservative Kenneth MacPherson 477 34.10 +10.20
SNP Alister Poole 293 20.94 -2.65
Majority 152 10.86 -10.43
Ayr Fort
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gibson T MacDonald 1,149 68.35 +3.87
Labour Margaret McKenzie 297 17.67 -14.17
SNP Thomas Crozier 235 13.98 -0.82
Majority 852 50.68 +16.91
Ayr Old Belmont
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Winifred Sloan 1,211 64.90 +9.26
Labour Dennis McLellan 402 21.54 -7.27
SNP Ian Douglas 253 13.56 -1.99
Majority 809 43.36 +16.54
Ayr Forehill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerry Crawley 748 46.98 -2.13
SNP Albany McKay 359 22.55 -6.87
Conservative Garry Clark 332 20.85 -0.62
Independent Kenneth Conway 153 9.62 New
Majority 389 24.43 +2.96
Ayr Masonhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mary Kilpatrick 1,014 53.31 +8.38
Labour Bill Cormie 536 28.18 -3.66
SNP David Forbes 352 18.51 -4.72
Majority 478 25.13 +12.04
Ayr Belmont
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edward Bulik 799 50.09 -7.65
SNP Alexander Oattes 374 23.45 -6.62
Scottish Socialist James Stewart 214 13.42 New
Conservative James Grindlay 208 13.04 +0.85
Majority 425 26.64 -1.03
Ayr Doonfoot and Seafield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cherry Young 1,624 77.63 +8.96
Labour George Hodge 293 14.01 -4.11
SNP James Speirs 175 8.37 -4.84
Majority 1,331 63.62 +13.07
Ayr Rozelle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Reid 1,314 69.34 +11.68
Labour Agnes Davies 321 16.94 -6.89
SNP Andrew Niven 260 13.72 -4.79
Majority 993 52.40 +18.57

Kyle

Dundonald and Loans
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William McNally 910 53.40 +13.34
Labour Alexander Skilling 468 27.46 -7.67
SNP Susan May Jones 326 19.13 -5.68
Majority 447 25.94 +21.01
Tarbolton Symington Craigie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hywel Davies 627 33.95 +0.34
Labour Alexandra Marshall 576 31.19 -14.54
Independent Sam Gardiner 447 24.20 New
SNP John Hendrie 152 8.23 -12.42
Scottish Socialist Martin Gilmartin 45 2.44 New
Majority 51 2.76 +14.88
Annbank Mossblown St Quivox
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Duncan 837 55.39 -0.57
SNP James Cumming 308 20.38 -8.26
Conservative Zoe Montgomerie 298 19.72 +4.32
Majority 529 35.01 +7.69
Coylton and Minishant
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Lewis 753 44.29 +12.39
Labour Alexandra Lewis 663 39.00 -8.12
SNP Joseph Robertson 284 16.71 -4.27
Majority 90 5.29 +20.51

Carrick

North Carrick and Maybole West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Murray 661 41.13 +3.02
Conservative Alan Shearing 495 30.80 -5.48
SNP James Cumming 283 17.61 -8.00
Independent Alison Wild 168 10.46 New
Majority 166 10.33 +8.50
North Carrick and Maybole East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Hill 648 46.92 -2.00
Conservative Christopher McCulloch 386 27.95 +4.07
SNP Roderick Cochran 283 20.49 -6.71
Scottish Socialist Luan Johnston 64 4.64 New
Majority 262 18.97 -2.75
South Carrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Torrance 940 51.82 +2.49
Conservative Frances Dupuy 629 34.67 -0.43
SNP Martha Wheelan 245 13.51 -2.07
Majority 311 17.15 +2.92
Girvan Ailsa
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Fitzsimmons 740 47.83 +11.66
Labour Moira Davidson 497 32.13 -3.98
Independent William O'Hara 160 10.34 New
SNP Marion Low 150 9.70 -18.02
Majority 243 15.70 +15.64
Girvan Glendoune
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John McDowall 592 52.11 +0.39
SNP Neil Ferguson 344 30.28 -5.72
Conservative Anne Hastie 200 17.61 +5.32
Majority 248 21.83 +6.11

By-election

The North Carrick and Maybole East by-election was called following the resignation of South Ayrshire Labour Party leader Andy Hill on health grounds. In the election Independent candidate Brian Connolly won by a single vote. The loss of the ward for Labour allowed for the Conservatives to take control of the South Ayrshire Council area, governing with a 15-14 majority.[3]

North Carrick and Maybole East by-election, 2006[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Brian Connolly 408 27.70 New
Conservative Ann Galbraith 407 27.63 -0.32
Labour Sandra Goldie 342 23.22 -23.70
SNP William McCubbin 316 21.45 +0.96
Majority 1 0.06

References

  1. ^ "The final cut". www.carricktoday.co.uk. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  2. ^ "South Ayrshire Council - Council Election Results 2003". South Ayrshire Council. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Tories hang on to council control". BBC News. 3 February 2006. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  4. ^ "South Ayrshire Council - Council Election Results 2006". South Ayrshire Council. Retrieved 15 May 2019.