2022 Aberdeenshire Council election
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All 70 seats to Aberdeenshire Council
36 seats needed for a majority
 
Leader Andy Kille Gwyneth Petrie Peter Argyll
Party Conservative SNP Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Fraserburgh and District Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside
Last election 23 seats, 40.4% 21 seats, 28.4% 14 seats, 13.7%
Current seats 18 16 13

 
Leader N/A No leader Martin Ford
Party Independent Labour Green
Leader's seat N/A N/A East Garioch
Last election 10 seats, 11.0% 1 seat, 2.4% 1 seat, 1.9%
Current seats 18 0 1

Blank Aberdeenshire Council ward map.svg
The 19 multi-member wards.

Incumbent Council Leader

Andy Kille
Conservative



The 2022 Aberdeenshire Council election is currently taking place as of Thursday 5 May 2022, on the same day as the 31 other Scottish local government elections. The election will use the 19 wards created under the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, with 70 councillors being elected. Each ward elects either three or four councillors, using the STV electoral system.[1]

Background

Previous election

Main article: 2017 Aberdeenshire Council election

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Party Seats Vote share
Conservatives 23 (up 9) 40.1% (up 18.9%)
SNP 21 (down 7) 28.2% (down 10.7%)
Liberal Democrats 14 (up 2) 14.4% (down 1%)
Independent 10 (down 1) 10.9% (down 3.8%)
Labour 1 (down 1) 4.4% (down 2.4%)
Green 1 (no change) 1.9% (down 0.5%)

Source: [2]

Composition

Since the previous election, several changes in the composition of the council occurred. Most were changes to the political affiliation of councillors including Conservative councillors Colin Pike, Jim Gifford, Lesley Berry, Jeff Hutchison, Mike Roy and Dianne Beagrie, SNP councillor Geva Blackett and Labour councillor Alison Evison who resigned from their respective parties to become independents.[3][4][5][6][7][8] Conservative councillors Sebastian Leslie and Robbie Withey were suspended from the party over unpaid council tax and assault allegations respectively.[9][10] Conservative councillor Sandy Wallace who resigned from the party and initially became an independent before defecting to the Libertarian Party.[11][12] Independent councillor Iain Sutherland joined the Conservatives[13] and SNP councillors Alastair Bews and Leigh Wilson resigned from the party and initially became an independent before defecting to the Alba Party.[14] SNP councillor Brian Topping also defected to the Alba Party.[15] Four by-elections were held and resulted in a Conservative hold,[16] an SNP hold,[17] a Conservative gain from the Lib Dems[18] and a Conservative gain from the SNP.[19]

Party 2017 result Dissolution
Conservative 23 18
SNP 21 16
Liberal Democrats 14 13
Independents 10 18[Note 1]
Labour 1 0
Green 1 1
Alba N/A 3
Libertarian 0 1

Retiring councillors

Ward Party Retiring councillor
Troup Independent Hamish Partridge
Fraserburgh and District SNP Charles Buchan
Conservative Andy Kille
Central Buchan Conservative Marion Buchan
SNP Jim Ingram
Peterhead North and Rattray SNP Anne Allan
Peterhead South and Cruden Independent Stephen Calder
Conservative Alan Fakley
Turriff and District Independent Sandy Duncan
Liberal Democrats Anne Robertson
West Garioch SNP Victoria Harper
Inverurie and District Independent Lesley Berry
East Garioch Green Martin Ford
Westhill and District Conservative Alistair McKelvie
Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford Conservative Moira Ingleby
Liberal Democrats John Latham
Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside Conservative Paul Gibb
Banchory and Mid-Deeside Liberal Democrats Rosemary Bruce
North Kincardine Liberal Democrats Ian Mollison
Stonehaven and Lower Deeside Libertarian Sandy Wallace
Mearns Liberal Democrats Bill Howatson
Independent Jeff Hutchison

Results

Aberdeenshire Council election result 2022
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative
  SNP
  Liberal Democrats
  Independent
  Labour
  Green
  Libertarian
  Alba
  Scottish Family
  ISP

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 4 May 2017. This may differ from other published sources showing gain/loss relative to seats held at dissolution of Scotland's councils.

Ward summary

Results of the 2022 Aberdeenshire Council election by ward
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
Conservative SNP Lib Dem Labour Green Ind Others
Banff and District 3
Troup 3
Fraserburgh and District 4
Central Buchan 4
Peterhead North and Rattray 4
Peterhead South and Cruden 3
Turriff and District 4
Mid-Formartine 4
Ellon and District 4
West Garioch 3
Inverurie and District 4
East Garioch 4
Westhill and District 4
Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford 4
Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside 3
Banchory and Mid-Deeside 3
North Kincardine 4
Stonehaven and Lower Deeside 4
Mearns 4
Total 70

Ward results

Banff and District

Banff and District − 3 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Conservative Stewart Adams
Alba Iain Cameron
Independent John Cox (incumbent)
Liberal Democrats Sandy Leslie
Labour James Low
SNP Glen Reynolds (incumbent)
Independent Mike Roy (incumbent)
Green Neil Woodward
Electorate: 9,150   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Troup

Troup − 3 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Liberal Democrats Ian Bailey
SNP Ross Cassie (incumbent)
Conservative Mark Findlater (incumbent)
Conservative Richard Menard
Green Simon Scott
Electorate: 7,640   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Fraserburgh and District

Fraserburgh and District − 4 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Conservative James Adams
Liberal Democrats Ann Bell
Independent Paul Greenall
SNP Seamus Logan
Independent Doreen Mair (incumbent)
Scottish Family John McColl
Alba Brian Topping (incumbent)
Electorate: 11,626   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Central Buchan

Central Buchan − 4 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Green Jamie Cole-Hamilton
Alba Charlotte Diana Cross
SNP Geoff Crowson
Labour Arif Mahmood
SNP David Mair
Scottish Family Joanna Moore
Conservative Steve Owen
Conservative Hannah Powell
Liberal Democrats Anne Simpson (incumbent)
Independent Norman Smith (incumbent)
Electorate: 11,124   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Peterhead North and Rattray

Peterhead North and Rattray − 4 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Liberal Democrats Kevin Robert Anderson
Independent Dianne Beagrie (incumbent)
Independent Sharon Bradford
Independent Alan S. Buchan (incumbent)
Conservative Matthew James
Alba Trish McPherson
SNP Leanne McWhinnie
Conservative Iain Sutherland (incumbent)
Electorate: 11,798   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Peterhead South and Cruden

Peterhead South and Cruden − 3 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Conservative George Hall
Conservative Neil Johnstone
Liberal Democrats Colin Alexander Simpson
SNP Stephen William Smith (incumbent)
Electorate: 9,138   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Turriff and District

Turriff and District − 4 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
SNP Susan Dubois
SNP Alastair Forsyth (incumbent)
Conservative Gordon Lang
Liberal Democrats Anne Stirling
Conservative Iain Walker Taylor (incumbent)
Green Kathryn Louise Vincent
Electorate: 10,414   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Mid-Formartine

Mid-Formartine − 4 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Liberal Democrats Andrew Hassan (incumbent)
SNP Kenny Hutchison
Independent Paul Johnston (incumbent)
SNP Jenny Nicol
Conservative Sheila Powell (incumbent)
Conservative Derek Ritchie
Electorate: 11,601   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Ellon and District

Ellon and District − 4 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Conservative John Crawley
Liberal Democrats Isobel Davidson (incumbent)
SNP Josh Gall
Labour Mark Lappin
SNP Louise McAllister (incumbent)
Conservative Gillian Owen (incumbent)
Green Craig William Stewart
Electorate: 11,813   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


West Garioch

West Garioch − 3 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Labour Sasha Brydon
SNP Moray Charles Grant
Independent Sebastian Leslie (incumbent)
Independent Sheena Margaret Lonchay
Green Anne Mansfield
Alba Elaine Helen Grace Mitchell
Conservative Sam Payne
Liberal Democrats Hazel Smith (incumbent)
Electorate: 9,209   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Inverurie and District

Inverurie and District − 4 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
SNP Neil Baillie (incumbent)
Liberal Democrats Marion Ewenson (incumbent)
Conservative David Keating[EGR]
SNP Archie Peebles
Green Denise May Rothnie
Independent Judy Margaret Whyte (incumbent)
Electorate: 12,091   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


East Garioch

East Garioch − 4 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Independent Drew Cullinane
Labour Rosanna Dobbin
Independent Jim Gifford[MFM]
Conservative Dominic Lonchay (incumbent)
Liberal Democrats Trevor Booth Mason
SNP Glen Reid (incumbent)
Electorate: 10,362   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Westhill and District

Westhill and District − 4 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
ISP Stephen Cameron
SNP Fatima Joji
Conservative Ron McKail (incumbent)
Alba Colin MacKay
Conservative Craig Miller
Liberal Democrats Iris Margaret Walker (incumbent)
Labour Lesley Young
Electorate: 12,035   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford

Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford − 4 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Labour Bryan Scott Begg
Liberal Democrats Jeff Goodhall
Conservative Lauren Knight
Independent Rosie Leagas
SNP Gwyneth Petrie (incumbent)
Libertarian Stuart Whitby
Conservative Robbie Withey (incumbent)[Note 2]
Electorate: 12,145   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside − 3 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Liberal Democrats Peter Argyle (incumbent)
Independent Geva Blackett (incumbent)
Conservative Sarah Brown
SNP Anouk Kloppert[ELD]
Labour John Lawson
Conservative Claudia Leith
Electorate: 9,063   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Banchory and Mid-Deeside

2017: 1 x Conservative, 1 x SNP, 1 x Liberal Democrats

2022:

2017-2022 Change:

Banchory and Mid-Deeside − 3 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Labour Andy Brown
Liberal Democrats Yi-Pei Chou Turvey
Scottish Family Graeme Craib
Conservative Harriet Cross
SNP Eileen Durno (incumbent)
Conservative Ann Ross (incumbent)
Electorate: 9,066   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


North Kincardine

North Kincardine − 4 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
SNP David Aitchison[WAD]
Independent Alastair Bews (incumbent)
Conservative Shirley Burnett
Conservative Jeff Hutchison
Scottish Family Elizabeth Wilson Leslie
Independent Colin Pike (incumbent)
Green Louise Claire Ross
Liberal Democrats Mel Sullivan
SNP Catherine Mary Victor
Electorate: 12,381   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

2017: 2 x Conservative, 1 x SNP, 1 x Liberal Democrat

2022:

2017-2022 Change:

Stonehaven and Lower Deeside − 4 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Conservative Wendy Agnew (incumbent)
SNP Dawn Black
Labour Raymond James Christie
Liberal Democrats Sarah Dickinson (incumbent)
SNP Dennis Robertson (incumbent)
Green Rachel Katherine Shanks
Independent Ma Simpson
Conservative Alan Turner
Electorate: 11,344   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Mearns

Mearns − 4 seats[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Labour Yvonne Allan
Conservative Laurie Carnie
Conservative George Carr (incumbent)
Independent Alison Elizabeth McBean Evison[NKI]
Liberal Democrats Shona Ewen
Green Douglas Fraser
Scottish Family Diane Elizabeth Laurenson
Independent David Allan Neill
SNP Kevin Stelfox
Independent Dave Stewart
Alba Leigh Wilson (incumbent)
Electorate: 12,170   Valid:   Quota:   Turnout:


Notes

  1. ^
    Note 1: Includes 10 aligned independents, one member of the Democratic Independent and Green Group, five independents and two unaligned independents.
  2. ^
    Note 2: Councillor Robbie Withey was suspended from the Conservative Party in April 2022 after it was alleged he grabbed a man by the throat. As this was after the close of nomination of candidates for the election in May, he will appear on the ballot as a Conservative candidate.[21]
  3. ^
    EGR: Sitting councillor for East Garioch.
  4. ^
    ELD: Sitting councillor for Ellon and District.
  5. ^
    MFM: Sitting councillor for Mid-Formartine.
  6. ^
    NKI: Sitting councillor for North Kincardine.
  7. ^
    WAD: Sitting councillor for Westhill and District.

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