2017 Clackmannanshire Council election

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All 18 seats to Clackmannanshire Council
10 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Les Sharp Dave Clark Bill Mason
Party SNP Labour Conservative
Leader's seat Clackmannanshire West Clackmannanshire North Clackmannanshire East
Last election 8 seats, 46.1% 8 seats, 38.1% 1 seat, 9.9%
Seats before 8 8 1
Seats won 8 5 5
Seat change - Decrease3 Increase4

Map of Clackmannanshire Council after 2017 Scottish Local Election.png
The 5 multi-member ward. (Colour of ward represents the political party that received most votes in that ward)

Council Leader before election

Gary Womersley
SNP

Council Leader after election

Les Sharp
SNP

The Clackmannanshire Council election of 2017 was held on 4 May 2017, on the same day as the 31 other local authorities in Scotland. It was the third successive election to run under the STV electoral system and used the five wards created under the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, with 18 councillors being elected.

Result

As Scottish Labour lost three seats and the Scottish National Party held all of theirs, the SNP became the largest party for the first time. The Scottish Conservatives unexpectedly won a seat in every ward, equalling their representation on the council with that of Labour.[1]

During the first meeting of the new council on 18 May, however, an agreement was not reached on how to form an administration.[2] In June 2017 a minority SNP administration was formed.[1]

Clackmannanshire Local Election Result 2017
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SNP 8 0 0 - 44.4 37.1 6,525 -8.8
  Labour 5 - 3 -3 27.8 27.8 4,887 -10.3
  Conservative 5 4 - +4 27.8 24.9 4,382 +15.1
  Green 0 0 0 - 0 6.5 1,141 +6.5
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 - 0 3.1 553 +2.3
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0 0.5 85 -4.6

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

Clackmannanshire West

Clackmannanshire West - 4 seats[3]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Conservative Darren Lee 21.4 808          
Labour George Matchett (incumbent) 19.9 753 763        
SNP Tina Margaret Murphy (incumbent) 18.6 704 705 705 717 722 766
SNP Les Sharp (incumbent) 17.8 675 675 676 680 701 751
Labour Craig Miller 12.6 478 482 488 505 541 590
Green Cara Quinn 4.2 159 161 161 177 215  
Liberal Democrats Jim Hay 2.9 112 122 122 142    
Independent Thomas Joshua Harrison 2.2 85 91 91      
Electorate: 8,726   Valid: 3,774   Spoilt: 97   Quota: 755   Turnout: 3,871 (44.36%)  

Clackmannanshire North

Clackmannanshire North - 4 seats[3]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Conservative Martha Benny 24 969        
SNP Archie Drummond (incumbent)† 16.6 672 675 709 745 909
SNP Donald Balsille (incumbent) 16.3 660 666 690 711 841
Labour Dave Clark (incumbent) 15.9 644 678 698 764 773
Labour Bobby McGill (incumbent) 10.7 432 446 453 507 513
SNP Helen Lewis 7.2 292 293 313 323  
Liberal Democrats Damian Sherwood-Johnson 5.1 206 240 283    
Green Jack Gervaise 3.8 157 167      
Electorate: 8,371   Valid: 4,032   Spoilt: 127   Quota: 807   Turnout: 4,159 (49.68%)  

Clackmannanshire Central

Clackmannanshire Central - 3 seats[3]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Labour Derek Stewart (incumbent) 32.8 846        
SNP Phil Fairlie††† 27.7 714        
Conservative Mike Watson 16.6 428 443 444 464 550
SNP Jo Wilkinson 10.5 273 281 337 393 438
Labour Graham Watt (incumbent) 7.1 183 321 324 356  
Green John Short 5.1 133 139 143    
Electorate: 6,297   Valid: 2,577   Spoilt: 79   Quota: 645   Turnout: 2,656 (42.18%)  

Clackmannanshire South

Clackmannanshire South - 4 seats[3]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
SNP Craig Holden (incumbent) 22.4 831        
Conservative Chris Dixon†† 19.6 725 726 759    
SNP Ellen Forson (incumbent) 17.5 649 716 721 721 730
Labour Kenneth Earle (incumbent) 17.3 640 644 660 665 817
Green Bryan Quinn 15.1 560 569 583 587 601
Labour Christine Sinclair 5.5 205 207 212 214  
Liberal Democrats John Shier Biggam 2.2 84 84      
Electorate: 8,976   Valid: 3,694   Spoilt: 86   Quota: 739   Turnout: 3,780 (42.11%)  

Clackmannanshire East

Clackmannanshire East - 3 seats[3]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
Conservative Bill Mason†††† 41.0 1,452      
Labour Kathleen Martin (incumbent) 19.9 706 839 868 882
SNP Graham Lindsay 19.5 692 699 724 1,079
Liberal Democrats Anne Anderson 4.3 151 345 406 414
SNP Jane McTaggart 10.3 363 368 390  
Green Marion Robertson 3.7 132 160    
Electorate: 6,607   Valid: 3496   Spoilt: 40   Quota: 875   Turnout: 3,536 (53.52%)  

Changes since 2017

By-elections since 2017

Clackmannanshire North By-election (1 March 2018)[8][9]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2
SNP Helen Lewis 36.8 769 980
Conservative Alex Stewart 31.5 658 784
Labour Afifa Khanam 23.6 493  
Liberal Democrats Damian Sherwood-Johnson 4.0 84  
Green Marion Robertson 3.5 74  
Electorate: 8,457   Valid: 2,078   Spoilt: 14   Quota: 1,040   Turnout: 2,092 (24.7%)  
Clackmannanshire Central By-election (28 March 2019)[10]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2
SNP Jane McTaggart 40.9 865 933
Labour Margaret Brookes 31.9 675 814
Conservative William Marlin 19.8 419  
UKIP Dawson Michie 3.3 69  
Green Marion Robertson 2.5 53  
Liberal Democrats John Biggam 1.7 36  
Electorate: 6,184   Valid: 2,117   Spoilt: 29   Quota: 1,059   Turnout: (34.7%)
Clackmannanshire East By-election (19 November 2020)[11]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Conservative Denis Coyne 51.2 1,226
SNP Stephen Leitch 32.0 766
Labour Carolynne Hunter 8.1 195
Green Marion Robertson 5.8 139
Liberal Democrats Jim Hay 2.9 69
Valid: 2,395   Quota: 1,197  

References

  1. ^ "Clacks election result". Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  2. ^ "SNP and Labour freeze out Tories in East Renfrewshire". BBC News. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Local Election Results 2017 - Clackmannanshire". Local Elections Archive Project. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Councillor Drummond cites personal reason for resignation". Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  5. ^ Business Support, Clackmannanshire Council. "Councillor Chris Dixon". www.clacks.gov.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  6. ^ "SNP Councillor Phil Fairlie resigns". Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Clacks by-election triggered as councillor steps down". Alloa Advertiser. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  8. ^ McPherson, Elaine (29 January 2018). "Clackmannanshire Council - Notice of Poll - By-Election of Councillor - 1 March 2018 for the election of one councillor for Electoral Ward 2 – Clackmannanshire North" (PDF). Clackmannanshire Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Clackmannanshire North Ward 1st March 2018". Local Elections Archive Project. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Clackmannanshire Central Ward 28th March 2019". Local Elections Archive Project. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  11. ^ "Clackmannanshire East By-Election, 19/11/20". Ballot Box Scotland. 18 February 2020. Archived from the original on 2 June 2021.