2012 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 Third party
 
Leader Bill McIntosh Allan Dorrans John McDowall
Party Conservative SNP Labour
Leader's seat Troon Ayr West Girvan and South Carrick
Last election 12 seats, 37.2% 8 seats, 25.3% 9 seats, 28.4%
Seats before 12 8 9
Seats won 10 9 9
Seats after 10 seats, 31.5% 9 seats, 29.3% 9 seats, 25.0%
Seat change Decrease2 Increase1 -

  Fourth party
 
Leader Brian Connolly
Party Independent
Leader's seat Maybole, North Carrick & Coylton
Last election 1 seat, 8.3%
Seats before 1
Seats won 2
Seats after 2 seat, 13.5%
Seat change Increase1

South Ayrshire Council election 2012.svg
The 8 multi-member wards

Council Leader before election

Bill McIntosh
Conservative

Council Leader after election

Bill McIntosh
Conservative

The 2012 South Ayrshire Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of South Ayrshire Council. The election used the eight wards created as a result of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, with each ward electing three or four Councillors using the single transferable vote system form of proportional representation, with 30 Councillors being elected.

The election saw the Scottish Conservative Party remain the largest party on the Council though they lost 2 seats. The Scottish National Party gained 1 seat and replaced the Scottish Labour Party as the second largest party as the party also increased its vote share at the expense of the other parties. Labour retained its 9 seats an achievement as she had suffered 3 defections during 2007-2012. Independents doubled their numbers to 2 seats.

Following the election the Conservative Party formed a minority administration working in a Partnership Agreement with the Labour Party members. Both Independents are also supporting the administration. This replaced the previous Conservative minority administration which existed from 2007-2012.

Election result

South Ayrshire Local Election Result 2012
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 10 0 2 -2 33.33 31.51 12,050 -5.69
  SNP 9 1 0 +1 30.0 29.3 11,203 +4.0
  Labour 9 0 0 - 30.0 25.01 9,563 -3.39
  Independent 2 1 0 +1 6.67 13.51 5,166 +5.21
  Liberal Democrats 0 - - - - 0.67 255 New

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.

Summary by ward

Results of the South Ayrshire Council election, 2012
by ward
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
Conservative SNP Labour Independents Others
Troon 39.6 2 26.9 1 21.0 1 12.4 0 - - 4
Prestwick 38.9 2 32.9 1 25.9 1 - - 2.3 0 4
Ayr North 15.9 1 38.2 1 45.9 2 - - - - 4
Ayr East 33.0 1 31.4 2 23.4 1 12.2 0 - - 4
Ayr West 48.2 2 25.0 1 15.3 1 9.3 0 2.2 0 4
Kyle 23.5 1 28.7 1 32.8 1 15.1 0 - - 3
Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton 21.3 1 30.3 1 22.9 1 25.6 1 - - 4
Girvan and South Carrick 15.8 0 19.7 1 17.0 1 47.4 1 - - 3
Total 31.5 10 29.3 9 25.0 9 13.5 2 0.7 0 30

Ward results

Troon

Troon - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Conservative Peter Convery (incumbent) 21.98 1,289        
Labour Philip Saxton (incumbent) 21.03 1,233        
Conservative Bill McIntosh (incumbent) 17.65 1,035 1,130.7 1,137.6 1,160.3 1,207.6
SNP Nan McFarlane (incumbent) 17.50 1,026 1,033.2 1,043.8 1,495.4  
Independent Pat Brown 12.45 730 734.6 750.5 801.7 912.2
SNP Elaine McBean Little * 9.40 551 553.1 557.2    
Electorate: 12,146   Valid: 5,864   Spoilt: 59   Quota: 1,173   Turnout: 5,923 (48.28%)  

* = Sitting Councillor from a different Ward.

Prestwick

Prestwick - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Labour Helen Moonie (incumbent) 25.94 1,458        
SNP Ian Cochrane 24.89 1,399        
Conservative Hugh Hunter (incumbent) 23.06 1,296        
Conservative Margaret Toner (incumbent) 15.87 892 933.1 941.1 1,089.3 1,154.9
SNP John Wallace 7.97 448 513.8 754.5 760.5 806.3
Liberal Democrats Allan MacBain 2.28 128 185.8 193.6 199.4  
Electorate: 12,238   Valid: 5,621   Spoilt: 102   Quota: 1,125   Turnout: 5,723 (45.93%)  

Ayr North

Ayr North - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Labour Ian Cavana (incumbent) 33.98 1,481        
SNP Douglas Campbell (incumbent) 31.23 1,361        
Conservative John Hampton (incumbent) 15.88 692 715 744.8 762.9 975.4
Labour Rita Miller 11.91 519 1,003.4      
SNP Tom Slider (incumbent) 6.99 305 332.9 724.9 751.6  
Electorate: 12,643   Valid: 4,358   Spoilt: 115   Quota: 872   Turnout: 4,473 (34.47%)  

Ayr East

Ayr East - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
SNP Ian Douglas (incumbent) 24.18 1,238            
Conservative Mary Kilpatrick (incumbent) 22.17 1,135            
Labour Brian McGinley 23.42 1,199            
Conservative Patricia McKeand 10.82 554 557.6 571.5 665.2 691.2 758.9  
SNP Corri Wilson 7.25 371 552.5 583.1 586.9 664.5 788.9 902.2
Independent Andrew Bryden 6.47 331 337.9 364.3 367.6 495.2    
Independent Eddie Bulik (incumbent) 5.68 291 298.3 323.9 326.6      
Electorate: 11,669   Valid: 5,119   Spoilt: 84   Quota: 1,024   Turnout: 5,203 (43.87%)  

Ayr West

Ayr West - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Conservative Bill Grant (incumbent) 33.83 1,992            
Labour Kirsty Darwent 15.30 901 929.2 939.4 976.6 1,007.3 1,049.2 1,267.9
Conservative Robin Reid (incumbent) 14.37 846 1,456.9          
SNP Allan Hopkins Dorans 14.19 836 858.1 867.4 874.9 1,410.8    
SNP Roddy MacDonald 10.83 638 660.1 673.6 688.4      
Independent Brian McKinlay 9.32 549 607.8 671.3 734.9 781.2 846.5  
Liberal Democrats Nicola Prigg 2.16 127 143.8 177        
Electorate: 12,401   Valid: 5,889   Spoilt: 57   Quota: 1,178   Turnout: 5,946 (47.49%)  

Kyle

Kyle - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2
Labour Andy Campbell (incumbent) 32.75 1,207  
SNP John Allan (incumbent) 28.68 1,057  
Conservative Hywel Davies (incumbent)† 23.47 865 923.6
Independent Arthur Spurling 15.09 556 647.9
Electorate: 8,918   Valid: 3,685   Spoilt: 43   Quota: 922   Turnout: 3,728 (41.32%)  

Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton

Maybole, North Carrick & Coylton - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2
Independent Brian Connolly (incumbent) 25.55 1,100  
Labour Sandra Goldie (incumbent) 22.90 986  
Conservative Ann Galbraith (incumbent) 21.28 916  
SNP William James Grant 18.82 810 894.2
SNP Mairi Low (incumbent) 11.45 493 527.4
Electorate: 8,918   Valid: 4,305   Spoilt: 57   Quota: 862   Turnout: 4,362 (38.84%)  

Girvan and South Carrick

Girvan and South Carrick - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3
Independent Alec Clark 47.38 1,609    
SNP Alec Oattes (incumbent) 19.73 670 822.8 985.9
Labour John McDowall (incumbent) 17.05 579 766.7 956.9
Conservative Iain Fitzsimmons (incumbent) 15.84 538 741.3  
Electorate: 7,920   Valid: 3,396   Spoilt: 31   Quota: 850   Turnout: 3,427 (42.88%)  

Post-election changes

By-elections since 2012

Ayr East By-election (17 September 2015) - 1 Seat[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
Conservative Dan McCroskrie 38.5% 1,527 1,534 1,589 1,740
SNP John Wallace 38% 1,507 1,540 1,600 1,775
Labour Susan Wilson 16.2% 642 654 708  
Independent Andrew Bryden 5.5% 218 227    
Green Boyd Murdoch 1.9% 76      
Electorate: 11,638   Valid: 3,970   Spoilt: 36   Quota: 1,986   Turnout: 4,006 (34.4%)  

References

  1. ^ "Corri resigns as councillor". Ayr Advertiser. 29 June 2015. Archived from the original on 4 July 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Ward 4 Ayr East By-Election". South Ayrshire Council.