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2007 East Lothian Council election

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All 23 seats to East Lothian Council
12 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Labour SNP Liberal Democrats
Last election 17 seats, 40.6% 1 seat, 19.2% 1 seat, 14.9%
Seats before 17 1 1
Seats won 7 7 6
Seat change Decrease10 Increase6 Increase5

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party Conservative Independent
Last election 4 seats, 23.1% 0 seats, 0.6%
Seats before 4 0
Seats won 2 1
Seat change Decrease2 Increase1

East Lothian Council election 2007.svg
The multi-member wards

Council Leader before election


Labour

Council Leader after election

Paul Stewart McLennan
SNP

Elections to East Lothian 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 using seven new wards created as a result of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004. Each ward elected three or four councillors using the single transferable vote system of proportional representation. The wards replaced 23 single-member wards which used the plurality (first past the post) system of election.

The Labour majority administration was replaced by a coalition between the SNP and Liberal Democrats, led by the SNP's Paul Stewart McLennan.

Election results

East Lothian Local Election Result 2007
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 7 N\A N\A -9 30.4 32.6 13,514
  SNP 7 N\A N\A +6 30.4 26.9 11,157
  Liberal Democrats 6 N\A N\A +5 26.1 15.4 6,391
  Conservative 2 N\A N\A -2 8.7 17.4 7,209
  Green 0 N\A N\A 0 0.0 1.6 674
  Solidarity 0 N\A N\A 0 0.0 0.5 221
  Scottish Senior Citizens 0 N\A N\A 0 0.0 0.2 75
  Independent 1 N\A N\A 0 4.3 5.3 2,200

Ward results

Musselburgh West
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
SNP John Williamson 1,427 30.7 1 1
Labour John McNeil 1,144 24.6 2 2
Liberal Democrats Barry Turner 857 18.4 3 5
Labour John Ross 572 12.3
Conservative Robert Fairnie 499 10.7
Solidarity Jack Fraser 153 3.3
Musselburgh East and Carberry
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
SNP Roger Knox 1,256 25.1 1 1
Labour Andy Forrest 1,057 21.1 2 5
Independent John Caldwell 937 18.7 3 6
Liberal Democrats Jenny Mollison 809 16.2
Labour Pat O'Donnell 585 11.7
Conservative Ian Robertson 281 5.6
Scottish Senior Citizens Alan Eeles 75 1.5
Preston/Seton/Gosford
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Labour Willie Innes 2,205 30.5 1 1
SNP Peter MacKenzie 1,906 26.4 2 1
Conservative Michael Veitch 1,040 14.4
Labour Margaret Libberton 927 12.8 3 3
Liberal Democrats Stuart Currie 909 12.6 4 5
Independent Andy Spence 244 3.4
Fa'side
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
SNP Kenny McLeod 2,065 30.4 1 1
Labour Jim Gillies 1,348 19.8 2 2
Labour Donald Grant 1,118 16.4 4 4
Liberal Democrats Ruth Currie†† 892 13.1 3 4
Labour Robert McNeill 835 12.3
Conservative Henry Murray-Smith 540 7.9
North Berwick Coastal
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Conservative Neil Rankin 1,837 29.7 1 1
SNP David Berry 1,670 27.0 2 1
Labour Pat Hanson 980 15.8
Liberal Democrats Stuart MacKinnon 747 12.1 3 5
Conservative Kathryn Smith 565 9.1
Green Susan Moffat 393 6.3
Haddington and Lammermuir
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Conservative Ludovic Broun-Lindsay 1,317 22.6 1 4
SNP Tom Trotter 1,107 19.0 3 4
Liberal Democrats Sheena Richardson 1,041 17.9 2 4
Independent Charles Ingle 1,019 17.5
Labour Ann McCarthy 985 16.9
Green Eurig Scandrett 281 4.8
Solidarity Gary Galbraith 68 1.2
Dunbar and East Linton
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
SNP Paul McLennan 1,726 30.0 1 1
Liberal Democrats Jacquie Bell 1,136 19.8 3 3
Conservative Katie Mackie 1,130 19.7
Labour Norman Hampshire 1,033 18.0 2 3
Labour Herbert Coutts 725 12.6

Changes after 2007