2012 Stirling Council election

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All 22 seats to Stirling Council
12 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Graham Houston Corrie McChord Alistair Berrill
Party SNP Labour Conservative
Leader's seat Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Stirling East Forth and Endrick
Last election 7 seats, 31.8% 8 seats, 36.4% 4 seats, 18.2%
Seats before 7 8 4
Seats won 9 8 4
Seat change Increase2 - -

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Leader Mark Ruskell Graham Reed
Party Green Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Castle defeated
Last election 0 seat, 0% 3 seat, 13.6%
Seats before 0 3
Seats won 1 0
Seat change Increase1 Decrease3

Council Leader before election

Graham Houston
SNP

Council Leader after election

Corrie McChord
Labour

Elections to Stirling Council were held on 3 May 2012, the same day as the 31 other local authorities in Scotland. The election used the seven wards created under the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, with 22 councillors being elected. Each ward will elect either 3 or 4 members, using the STV electoral system.

The election saw the Scottish National Party increase their representation by 2 seats and significantly increase their vote share to become the largest party on the council. The Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party retained their 8 and 4 seats respectively while the Scottish Green Party gained a seat on the authority. By contrast the Scottish Liberal Democrats were wiped out losing all their 3 seats.

Following the election a coalition was formed between the Labour Party and the Conservatives which replaced the previous SNP minority administration.

Election result

Stirling Local Election Result 2012
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SNP 9 2 0 +2 40.91 37.17 10,626 +7.97
  Labour 8 2 2 - 36.36 28.61 8,180 +0.41
  Conservative 4 0 0 - 18.18 19.90 5,689 -5.40
  Green 1 1 0 +1 4.55 5.80 1,658 +4.10
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 3 -3 0 5.46 1,562 -6.04
  UKIP 0 - - - - 0.92 261 +0.82
  Independent 0 - - - - 1.58 449 -2.12

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.

Ward results

Trossachs and Teith

Trossachs and Teith – 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Conservative Martin Earl 30.29% 1,285          
SNP Alycia Hayes 23.76% 1,008 1,027.2 1,054.1 1,109.6    
SNP Fergus Wood (incumbent) 21.28% 903 925.7 947.3 984.3 1,023.6 1,283.2
Labour Gerry McGarvey 15.84% 672 690.3 732.5 804.1 808.1  
Independent Jack Black 5.23% 222 260.2 307.7      
Liberal Democrats Galen Milne 3.61% 153 199.9        
Electorate: 8,464   Valid: 4,243   Spoilt: 72   Quota: 1,061   Turnout: 4,315 (50.13%)  

Forth and Endrick

Forth and Endrick – 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Conservative Alistair Berrill (incumbent) 23.58% 1,097 1,128 1,198        
SNP Graham Lambie (incumbent) 19.60% 912 927 944 945.2 1,016.3 1,041.4 1,171.4
SNP Ian Muirhead 18.49% 860 894 928 929.3 991.4 1,020.4 1,201.7
Labour Alistair William Weir 16.14% 751 788 824 824.9 917.0 982.4  
Conservative Philip Graves 6.64% 309 328 356 383.2 408.7    
UKIP Paul Henke 5.61% 261 271          
Green Gordon Kerr Cowtan 5.55% 258 298 335 336.2      
Liberal Democrats Alison McGilvray 4.39% 204            
Electorate: 8,464   Valid: 4,652   Spoilt: 56   Quota: 1,164   Turnout: 4,708 (48.79%)  

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan – 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
SNP Graham Houston (incumbent) 27.31% 1,494        
Conservative Callum Campbell (incumbent) 23.07% 1,262        
Labour Mike Robbins 21.29% 1,165        
Green Mark Ruskell 16.63% 910 951.1 981 1,006.1 1,251
Liberal Democrats Gary Airnes 6.32% 346 368.4 427.1 442.4  
SNP Ian Smith 5.37% 294 604.1 615.8 624.4 683.9
Electorate: 12,193   Valid: 5,471   Spoilt: 76   Quota: 1,095   Turnout: 5,547 (44.87%)  

Castle

Castle – 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
SNP Jim Thomson (incumbent) 27.54% 828            
Labour John Hendry (incumbent) 18.89% 568 570.1 581.2 606.5 643.2 673.3 759.8
Labour Johanna Boyd 17.59% 529 530.6 544.7 556.5 588.3 631.3 748.1
Green Zara Kitson 10.87% 327 331 366.5 409.9 497.3 575.7  
Conservative Jennifer Gordon 8.71% 262 262.6 287.9 294.1 326.4    
Independent Steve Sankey 7.55% 227 228.8 250.2 288.1      
SNP David Wilson 4.72% 142 201.7 207.9        
Liberal Democrats Graham Reed (incumbent) 4.12% 124 126.8          
Electorate: 7,843   Valid: 3,007   Spoilt: 67   Quota: 752   Turnout: 3,074 (38.34%)  

Stirling West

Stirling West – 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
SNP Scott Farmer 36.61% 1,484
Labour Christine Simpson 31.01 1,257
Conservative Neil Benny 25.04 1,015
Liberal Democrats Gordon Bruce 7.35 298
Electorate: 8,611   Valid: 4,054   Spoilt: 44   Quota: 1,014   Turnout: 4,098 (47.08%)  

Stirling East

Stirling East – 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
SNP Steven Paterson (incumbent)† 33.06 1,278        
Labour Corrie McChord (incumbent) 22.30 862 925.8 961.6 992.2  
Labour Danny Gibson 22.19 858 892.6 929.1 957.6 978.3
Liberal Democrats Ian Alexander Brown (incumbent) 10.42 403 436.3 507.9 642 642.9
Conservative Benjamin Kerr 7.81 302 320.5 333.2    
Green Johannes Butscher 4.22 163 224.6      
Electorate: 8,611   Valid: 3,866   Spoilt: 77   Quota: 967   Turnout: 3,943 (41.09%)  

Bannockburn

Bannockburn – 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
SNP Alasdair MacPherson (incumbent) 37.49% 1,236            
Labour Margaret Brisley (incumbent) 34.36% 1,133            
Labour Violet Weir (incumbent) 11.68% 385 409.9 664.7 671.4 704.6 766.1 910.1
SNP Gerry McLaughlan 5.67% 187 516.2 527.3 531.6 549.9 596.6  
Independent Bill McDonald 5.0% 165 181.3 190.8 203.6 259.6    
Conservative Lesley Stein 4.76% 157 160.7 162.3 170.3      
Liberal Democrats David Kaufman 1.0% 34 38.2 44.3        
Electorate: 8,611   Valid: 3,297   Spoilt: 118   Quota: 825   Turnout: 3,415 (40.8%)  

Post-Election Changes

†On 7 May 2015, Stirling East SNP Cllr Steven Paterson was elected as the MP for Stirling. He resigned his Council seat on 30 June 2015.[1] A by-election was held on 1 October 2015 to fill the vacancy and the seat was held by the SNP's Gerry McLaughlan.

By-Elections since 2012

Stirling East By-election (1 October 2015) – 1 Seat[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3
SNP Gerry McLaughlan 45.2% 1,311 1,367 1,388
Labour Chris Kane 37.7% 1,094 1,134 1,272
Conservative Luke Davison 11.8% 343 352  
Green Alasdair Tollemache 5.2% 152    
Electorate: 10,460   Valid: 2,900   Spoilt: 28   Quota: 1,451   Turnout: 2,928  

References

  1. ^ "Steven Paterson resigns Council role". stirlingsnp.com. 30 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Stirling Council – Elections – upcoming elections". stirling.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 4 October 2015.