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2012 Glasgow City Council election

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All 79 seats to Glasgow City Council
40 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Gordon Matheson Allison Hunter Martha Wardrop
Party Labour SNP Green
Leader's seat Anderston/City Govan Hillhead
Last election 45 seats, 43.3% 22 seats, 24.6% 5 seats, 6.5%
Seats won 44 27 5
Seat change Decrease1 Increase5 Steady0
Popular vote 67,341 46,947 7,999
Percentage 46.7% 32.6% 5.5%
Swing Increase3.4% Increase8.0% Decrease1.0%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader David Meikle Margot Clark Stephen Dornan
Party Conservative Liberal Democrats Glasgow First
Leader's seat Pollokshields Linn Govan
Last election 1 seat, 7.7% 5 seats, 7.9% New party
Seats before 6
Seats won 1 1 1
Seat change Steady0 Decrease4 Increase1
Popular vote 8,567 4,221 2,544
Percentage 5.9% 2.9% 1.8%
Swing Decrease1.8% Decrease5.0% Increase1.8%

The 21 multi-member wards

Council Leader before election

Gordon Matheson
Labour

Council Leader after election

Gordon Matheson
Labour

Elections to Glasgow City Council were held on 3 May 2012, the same day as the other Scottish local government elections. The election was the second using 21 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 form of proportional representation.[1]

The election in Glasgow attracted the most attention out of the local elections in Scotland as there were many predictions that the Scottish Labour Party would lose control of the council due to losses of seats to the Scottish National Party.[2] The Labour administration had suffered from a number of defections of council members to the newly formed Glasgow First party and controversy surrounding Councillor's salaries and contracts.[3] In the end, Labour remained in control, losing just 1 seat, while the SNP gained 5. The Scottish Liberal Democrats were reduced to holding just 1 seat on the Council, the same numbers as the Glasgow First party and the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party who retained their solitary seat. The Scottish Green Party retained 5 seats on the authority.

After the elections Labour again formed a controlling administration on the City Council.

Election result

Glasgow City Local Election Result 2012[4]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 44 1 2 Decrease 1 55.70 46.72 67,341 +3.40
  SNP 27 5 0 Increase 5 34.17 32.57 46,947 +7.99
  Green 5 1 1 Steady 0 6.33 5.55 7,999 -0.93
  Conservative 1 0 0 Steady 0 1.27 5.94 8,567 -1.73
  Liberal Democrats 1 0 4 Decrease 4 1.27 2.93 4,221 -4.98
  Glasgow First 1 1 0 Increase 1 1.27 1.76 2,544 New
  Independent 0 - - - - 1.7 2,432 +0.59
  Scottish Socialist 0 - - - - 0.7 979 -1.76
  TUSC 0 - - - - 0.4 636 New
  Solidarity 0 0 1 Decrease 1 0 0.4 621 -4.31
  Scottish Unionist 0 0 0 0 0 0.4 586 -0.67
  UKIP 0 - - - - 0.3 441 New
  Scottish Christian 0 - - - - 0.2 354 -0.13
  Socialist Labour 0 - - - - 0.2 271 New
  Pirate 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 97 New
  Britannica Party 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 73 New
Turnout 144,149 32.4%

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes. The net gain/loss and percentage changes relate to the result of the previous Scottish local elections on 3 May 2007. This may differ from other published sources showing gain/loss relative to seats held at dissolution of Scotland's councils.

Districts summary

e • d Results of the Glasgow City Council election, 2012
by ward
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
Lab SNP Conservative Green Lib Dem Glasgow First Others
Linn 46.04 2 29.44 1 7.03 0 2.73 0 12.09 1 1.06 0 1.61 0 4
Newlands/Auldburn 40.98 2 36.11 1 10.77 0 3.61 0 1.56 0 0.71 0 6.26 0 3
Greater Pollok 47.65 2 34.03 2 3.73 0 2.11 0 1.12 0 8.23 0 3.13 0 4
Craigton 53.4 2 31.4 2 3.6 0 2.1 0 0.9 0 1.8 0 6.8 0 4
Govan 32.22 2 32.63 1 3.16 0 3.31 0 1.26 0 14.46 1 12.98 0 4
Pollokshields 24.19 1 40.93 1 22.15 1 8.04 0 2.91 0 0.57 0 1.20 0 3
Langside 35.80 1 37.61 1 7.38 0 8.50 1 7.25 0 1.03 0 2.42 0 3
Southside Central 44.3 2 35.81 2 2.50 0 6.40 0 0.79 0 0.0 0 10.19 0 4
Calton 54.6 2 30 1 2.6 0 3.0 0 0.9 0 2.9 0 6 0 3
Anderston/City 50.3 2 29.6 1 4.7 0 10.5 1 1.7 0 0.4 0 2.9 0 4
Hillhead 29.45 2 33.06 1 6.54 0 17.62 1 4.10 0 0.22 0 9.01 0 4
Partick West 32.1 1 33.5 2 10.33 0 14.71 1 5.54 0 0.29 0 3.53 0 4
Garscadden/Scotstounhill 61.6 3 27.1 1 2.6 0 2.7 0 1.1 0 0.3 0 4.6 0 4
Drumchapel/Anniesland 61.36 3 29.26 1 3.62 0 2.63 0 1.96 0 0.30 0 0.87 0 4
Maryhill/Kelvin 39.6 2 34.4 2 7.7 0 7.3 0 9.2 0 0.0 0.0 1.9 0 4
Canal 44.5 2 31.27 1 2.34 0 9.27 1 1.84 0 0.54 0 10.23 0 4
Springburn 57.7 2 30 1 2.7 0 1.5 0 1.1 0 0.5 0 6.4 0 3
East Centre 58.6 3 27.7 1 4.0 0 4.8 0 0.9 0 0.6 0 3.4 0 4
Shettleston 60.5 3 30.9 1 4.2 0 1.5 0 0.7 0 1.4 0 0.9 0 4
Baillieston 50.8 2 37.2 2 5.2 0 1.8 0 0.8 0 1.8 0 2.4 0 4
North East 63.61 3 29.65 1 3.13 0 1.76 0 1.13 0 0.00 0 0.72 0 4
Total 46.72 44 32.57 27 5.94 1 5.55 5 2.93 1 1.76 1 4.53 0 79

Ward results

Ward 1: Linn

Ward 2: Newlands/Auldburn[edit]

2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP
2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP
2007-2012 Change: No change

  • = Outgoing Councillor from a different Ward.

Ward 3: Greater Pollok[edit]

2007: 3xLab; 1xSNP
2012: 2xLab; 2xSNP
2007-2012 Change: SNP gain one seat from Lab

  • = Outgoing Councillor from a different Ward.

Ward 4: Craigton[edit]

2007: 2xLab; 1xSNP; 1xSol
2012: 2xLab; 2xSNP
2007-2012 Change: SNP gain one seat from Sol