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2007 Scottish Borders Council election

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All 34 seats to Scottish Borders Council
18 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Conservative SNP Independent
Last election 10 seats, 30.4% 1 seat, 11.5% 14 seats, 30.4%
Seats before 10 1 14
Seats won 11 6 5
Seat change Increase1 Increase5 Decrease8

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party Liberal Democrats Borders
Last election 9 seats, 26.3% New Party
Seats before 9 N/A
Seats won 10 2
Seat change Increase1 Increase2

Council Leader before election


Independent

Council Leader after election

David Parker
Independent

Elections to Scottish Borders 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 one using 11 new wards created as a result of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, each ward will elect three or four councillors using the single transferable vote system form of proportional representation. The new wards replace 34 single-member wards which used the plurality (first past the post) system of election.

Election results

Scottish Borders Local Election Result 2007
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 11 N/A N/A ±0 32.4 26.8 13,083
  Liberal Democrats 10 N/A N/A +2 29.4 24.6 11,980
  Independent 5 N/A N/A -8 14.7 21.1 10,272
  SNP 6 N/A N/A +4 17.6 18.8 9,161
  Borders 2 N/A N/A +2 5.9 5.3 2,597
  Labour 0 N/A N/A ±0 0.0 1.9 919
  Green 0 N/A N/A ±0 0.0 0.9 456
  Solidarity 0 N/A N/A ±0 0.0 0.4 210
  Scottish Socialist 0 N/A N/A ±0 0.0 0.2 105

Ward results

Scottish Borders council election, 2007: Tweeddale West
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Liberal Democrats Catriona Bhatia 1,202 25.2 1 1
Conservative Neil Calvert 1,091 22.9 2 4
SNP Willie Archibald 784 16.4 3 5
Independent Nancy Norman 672 14.1
Independent Tom Davidson 667 14.0
Labour Eamonn O'Neil 356 7.5
Scottish Borders council election, 2007: Tweeddale East
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
SNP Bill Herd 1,167 24.3 1 3
Liberal Democrats Graham Garvie 1,159 24.1 2 3
Conservative Gavin Logan 1,086 22.6 3 4
Labour Robin Tatler 563 11.7
Liberal Democrats Bran McCrow 490 10.2
Borders Party Tom Douglas 231 4.8
Scottish Socialist Norman Lockhart 105 2.2
Scottish Borders council election, 2007: Galashiels and District
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
SNP John Mitchell 1,519 28.2 1 1
Liberal Democrats Jim Hume 1,466 27.2 2 1
Conservative Fiona Lackenby 735 13.6 4 6
Borders Party Sandy Aitchison 693 12.9 3 6
Independent Bill White 453 8.4
Solidarity Graeme McIver 210 3.9
Independent David Smail 173 3.2
Independent Alistair Lings 136 2.5
Scottish Borders council election, 2007: Selkirkshire
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Liberal Democrats Vicky Davidson 1,313 29.5 1 1
Conservative Carolyn Riddell-Carre 1,121 25.2 2 1
SNP Kenneth Gunn 826 18.5 3 5
Independent Gordon Edgar 558 12.5
Borders Party Violet Baillie 360 8.1
Independent Alistair Pattullo 279 6.3
Scottish Borders council election, 2007: Leaderdale and Melrose
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Independent David Parker 1,362 29.9 1 1
Conservative John Greenwell 713 15.6
Liberal Democrats John Paton-Day 703 15.3 2 5
Borders Party Nicholas Watson 692 15.1 3 5
SNP Frank McCann 640 14.0
Independent Harry Cummings 394 8.6
Independent John Rae 78 1.7
Scottish Borders council election, 2007: Mid Berwickshire
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Liberal Democrats Frances Renton 1,186 27.0 1 1
SNP Donald Moffat 1,173 26.7 2 1
Conservative Trevor Jones 1,051 23.9 3 4
Conservative Margaret McCrave 722 16.4
Borders Party Diana Miers 255 5.8
Independent Anne Roberts 105 2.4
Scottish Borders council election, 2007: East Berwickshire
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Independent Michael Cook 1,512 34.8 1 1
Conservative Jim Fullarton 1,333 30.6 2 1
Liberal Democrats David Raw 804 18.5 3 3
SNP Aileen Orr 701 16.1
Scottish Borders council election, 2007: Kelso and District
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Liberal Democrats Alec Nicol 1,116 25.7 1 1
Conservative Alasdair Hutton 982 22.7 2 5
Independent Tom Weatherston 814 18.8 3 5
Independent Trevor Black 431 9.9
Conservative Andrew Thomson 427 9.9
SNP Paul Cartledge 346 8.0
Green Michael Scott 218 5.0
Scottish Borders council election, 2007: Jedburgh and District
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Conservative Sandy Scott 1,011 26.0 1 1
Conservative Len Wyse 878 22.6 2 4
SNP Jim Brown 877 22.6 3 4
Liberal Democrats Alistair O'Neil 716 18.4
Borders Party Jim Smith 316 8.1
Independent Jim Millhouse 87 2.2
Scottish Borders council election, 2007: Hawick and Denholm
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Conservative Zandra Elliott 980 26.0 1 1
Independent Stewart Marshall 904 24.0 2 5
Liberal Democrats Jock Houston 738 19.6 3 5
SNP Derek Philips 454 12.0
Independent Andrew Farquhar 301 8.0
Liberal Democrats Alex Martin 232 6.2
Green Kevin Ferguson 112 3.0
Borders Party Charles Humphries 50 1.3
Scottish Borders council election, 2007: Hawick and Hermitage
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Independent David Paterson 1,022 25.8 1 1
Conservative George Turnbull 953 24.1 2 4
SNP Jim Rowan 674 17.0
Liberal Democrats Ron Smith 475 12.0 3 6
Liberal Democrats Etta McKean 380 9.6
Independent Jake Irvine 324 8.2
Green Lesley Wood 126 3.2

Changes after the elections