2022 Argyll and Bute Council election
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All 36 seats to Argyll and Bute Council
19 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader Jim Lynch N/A
Party SNP Independent
Leader's seat Oban South and the Isles N/A
Last election 11 seats, 27.6% 10 seats, 30.4%
Seats before 11 10

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Gary Mulvaney Robin Currie
Party Conservative Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Helensburgh Central Kintyre and the Islands
Last election 9 seats, 25% 6 seats, 10.7%
Seats before 8 5

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Council Leader before election

Robin Currie
Liberal Democrats

Council Leader after election

TBD

Elections to Argyll and Bute Council took place on 5 May 2022 on the same day as the 31 other Scottish local government elections. The election will use the 11 wards created under the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, with 36 councillors being elected. Each ward elected either 3 or 4 members, using the STV electoral system.[1]

New ward boundaries were proposed by Boundaries Scotland in 2021 which would have reduced the total number of councillors to 34, however these were rejected by the Scottish Parliament.[2]

At the previous election in 2017, the Scottish National Party (SNP) won the most seats, however a coalition of Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and independents, referred to as The Argyll, Lomond and the Isles Group (TALIG) ran the council.[3]

Background

Previous election

At the previous election in 2017, the Scottish National Party (SNP) became the largest party despite losing two seats, overtaking the number of independents which fell by five. A coalition of independents, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats retained control of the council after the Conservatives made five gains and the Liberal Democrats increased their number by two.[4]

Argyll and Bute Council election result 2017
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SNP 11 1 3 Decrease2 30.5 27.7 9,174 Decrease2.0
  Independent 10 2 7 Decrease5 27.7 30.4 10,079 Decrease8.0
  Conservative 9 5 0 Increase5 25 25.1 8,315 Increase9.6
  Liberal Democrats 6 2 0 Increase2 16.6 10.7 3,571 Decrease0.7
  Labour 0 0 0 Steady 0 4.1 1,362 Decrease0.5
  Green 0 0 0 Steady 0 1.8 609 Increase1.6
  UKIP 0 0 0 Steady 0 0.1 32 New
Total 36 33,110
Notes

Source: [4]

Composition

After the 2017 election, a few changes in the composition of the council happened. Changes in the political affiliation of councillors occurred when Conservative councillor Alastair Redman was suspended over Islamophobia allegations[5] and independent councillor Roddy McCuish joined the Independence for Scotland Party.[6] In the run up to the election, Conservative councillor Donald Kelly was deselected by the party but continued on as an independent.[7] Three by-elections were held and resulted in an independent hold, a Conservative gain from the Lib Dems and a Conservative hold.[8][9]

Party 2017 result Current composition
SNP 11 11
Independents 10 11
Conservative 9 8
Liberal Democrats 6 5
ISP 0 1

Retiring councillors

Ward Party Retiring councillor
Kintyre and the Islands SNP Anne Horn
Mid Argyll SNP Sandy Taylor
Oban South and the Isles Independent Mary-Jean Devon
ISP Roddy McCuish
Oban North and Lorn Independent Elaine Robertson
Cowal Liberal Democrats Alan Reid
Dunoon Independent Jim Anderson
Conservative Bobby Good
Isle of Bute SNP Jim Findlay
Lomond North Conservative Paul Collins
Helensburgh Central SNP Lorna Douglas
Liberal Democrats Aileen Morton
Helensburgh and Lomond South SNP Richard Trail

Proposed boundary changes

Following the passing of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018, a review of the boundaries was undertaken in North Ayrshire, Argyll and Bute, Highland, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. The Act allowed single- or two-member wards to be created to provide better representation of island communities. New ward boundaries were proposed by Boundaries Scotland in 2021 which would have increased the number of wards by one to 12 but reduced the number of councillors by two to 34. Two new two-member, island-only wards would have been created to represent Islay, Jura and Colonsay and Mull, Iona, Coll and Tiree. As a result, the Kintyre peninsula would have been represented by a single ward instead of multiple wards which cover a mix of mainland and island communities.

The proposals would have made no changes to the boundaries or numbers of councillors in Cowal; Dunoon and Lomond North. The boundaries in Isle of Bute would have remained the same but the number of councillors would have been reduced from three to two. Minimal changes would have been made to the boundaries of Helensburgh Central and Helensburgh and Lomond South but the number of councillors in Helensburgh Central would have been reduced by one from four to three. Oban would have been placed in its own ward with four members and a new two-member Lorn ward including the inhabited island of Lismore would have been created. However, the proposals in Argyll and Bute were rejected by the Scottish Parliament and the 11 wards created under the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 remained in place.[2][10]

Results

2022 Argyll and Bute Council election result
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SNP 12 1 0 Increase1 33.3 31.0 10,729 Increase3.3
  Conservative 10 2 1 Increase1 27.8 22.7 7,845 Decrease2.4
  Independent 7 2 5 Decrease3 19.4 25.3 8,742 Decrease2.4
  Liberal Democrats 5 1 2 Decrease1 13.9 9.6 3,325 Decrease1.1
  Labour 1 1 0 Increase1 2.8 6.4 2,218 Increase2.3
  Green 1 1 0 Increase1 2.8 3.9 1,334 Increase2.1
  ISP 0 0 0 Steady 0 0.5 156 New
  Alba 0 0 0 Steady 0 0.5 172 New
  Scottish Family 0 0 0 Steady 0 0.1 43 New
Total 36 34,564

Ward summary

Results of the 2022 Argyll and Bute Council election
by ward
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
SNP Independents Conservative Lib Dem Lab Green Others
South Kintyre 32.8 1 35.9 1 22.5 1 8.7 0 3
Kintyre and the Islands 29.9 1 39.9 1 9.6 0 16.4 1 4.2 0 3
Mid Argyll 31.2 1 46.6 1 11.6 1 3.3 0 4.9 0 2.4 0 3
Oban South and the Isles 38.2 2 29.8 1 12.4 1 5.2 0 4.7 0 9.7 0 4
Oban North and Lorn 30.6 1 31.6 1 18.7 1 6.5 0 9.7 1 2.9 0 4
Cowal 41.9 1 5.2 0 26.1 1 16.8 1 7.7 0 2.4 0 3
Dunoon 40.9 1 16.2 0 17.9 1 16.9 1 6.5 0 1.6 0 3
Isle of Bute 25.4 1 46.1 1 17.8 1 1.1 0 4.3 0 3.0 0 2.4 0 3
Lomond North 24.3 1 34.1 1 26.4 1 2.8 0 12.4 0 3
Helensburgh Central 21.4 1 2.2 0 37.1 1 11.1 1 21.3 1 6.8 0 4
Helensburgh and Lomond South 26.0 1 47.7 1 17.8 1 8.6 0 3
Total 31.0 12 25.3 7 22.7 10 9.6 5 6.4 1 3.9 1 1.1 0 36

Ward results

South Kintyre

South Kintyre − 3 seats[11][12][13]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2
Independent Donald Kelly(incumbent) 35.9 848  
SNP John Armour (incumbent) 32.8 773  
Conservative Tommy MacPherson 22.5 531 615.3
Liberal Democrats Rory Colville (incumbent) 8.7 206 310.7
Electorate: 5123   Valid: 2358   Spoilt: 47   Quota: 590   Turnout: 46.9%  


Kintyre and the Islands

Kintyre and the Islands − 3 seats[11][14][15]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
SNP Dougie McFadzean 29.9 863          
Independent John McAlpine 23.5 680 705.3 739.5      
Liberal Democrats Robin Currie(incumbent) 16.4 474 515.7 580.1 583.8 670.3 987.6
Independent Alastair John Redman (incumbent) 16.4 474 493.0 502.5 505.5 623.3  
Conservative Alec McNeilly 9.6 276 277.3 284.3 286.3    
Labour Jane B. Kelly 4.2 122 140.7        
Electorate: 5377   Valid: 2889   Spoilt: 49   Quota: 723   Turnout: 54.9%  


Mid Argyll

Mid Argyll − 3 seats[11][16][17]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Independent Douglas Trevor Philand (incumbent) 35.9 1148                
SNP Jan Brown 31.2 993                
Conservative Garret Corner 11.6 371 402.2 404.4 406.3 419.2 427.2 460.7 502.0 661.7
Labour Lesley Burt 4.9 157 178.2 204.8 215.0 271.1 292.2      
Independent Donnie MacMillan (incumbent) 4.7 149 249.0 273.3 280.7 299.6 329.8 365.1    
Independent Andy Cameron 4.4 140 209.7 228.0 249.6 271.0 314.8 385.7 496.4  
Liberal Democrats David Barton 3.3 107 135.5 152.0 162.0          
ISP Ross Alistair Weir 2.4 78 107.1 153.9 164.7 172.3        
Independent Abisola Adepetun 1.9 54 68.0 74.9            
Electorate: 6222   Valid: 3197   Spoilt: 37   Quota: 800   Turnout: 52.0%  


Oban South and the Isles

Oban South and the Isles − 4 seats[11][18][19]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
SNP Jim Lynch(incumbent) 21.3 773                  
SNP Willie Hume 16.9 615 645.0 648.6 657.9 667.0 705.3 724.7 777.1    
Conservative Amanda Hampsey 12.4 452 452.3 460.3 479.3 522.4 538.4 601.5 645.6 646.3 667.7
Green Phyl Stuart Meyer 9.7 353 357.8 368.9 392.0 401.4 436.5 491.8 520.0 539.7  
Independent Andrew Kane 8.1 295 295.3 304.5 314.5 354.5 393.6 439.6 529.7 540.0 698.2
Independent Colin Kennedy 7.0 256 257.0 269.1 276.1 309.3 378.4 405.4      
Independent Donnie Campbell 6.5 235 235.7 247.8 257.8 280.0          
Liberal Democrats Henry Drummond Boswell 5.2 188 188.8 197.8 255.0 282.2 302.2        
Independent Jamie McGrigor (incumbent) 4.9 179 180.5 214.8 226.8            
Labour Gopi Ageer 4.7 169 169.7 176.8              
Independent John Watson 3.2 118 120.0                
Electorate: 8092   Valid: 3633   Spoilt: 62   Quota: 727   Turnout: 45.7%  


Oban North and Lorn

Oban North and Lorn − 4 seats[11][20][21]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
SNP Julie McKenzie (incumbent) 30.6 1254            
Conservative Andrew Vennard (incumbent) 18.7 767 772.5 779.6 788.3 842.7    
Independent Kieron Green (incumbent) 15.4 632 679.1 703.0 748.1 811.9 819.1 1107.5
Independent Linda Battison 11.4 466 490.2 519.4 571.8 631.6 637.0  
Green Luna Martin 9.7 396 583.5 624.1 716.9 784.2 785.4 897.6
Liberal Democrats Veronica Davis 6.5 267 290.9 305.3 318.7      
Independent Kyle Campbell-Renton 4.8 198 223.3 245.7        
Alba Angus Files 2.9 117 158.9          
Electorate: 8369   Valid: 4097   Spoilt: 33   Quota: 820   Turnout: 49.3%  


Cowal

Cowal − 3 seats[11][22][23]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
SNP Gordon Blair (incumbent) 33.3 1090          
Conservative Yvonne McNeilly (incumbent) 26.1 855          
Liberal Democrats William Sinclair 16.8 551 563.4 577.5 587.9 669.4 857.5
SNP Lachie MacQuarie 8.6 282 503.2 503.5 532.5 566.0 596.3
Labour Mark Feinmann 7.7 251 262.1 267.8 273.4 303.6  
Independent Kenneth White 5.2 170 174.5 179.3 201.3    
ISP Fiona Nelson 2.4 78 83.9 85.0      
Electorate: 5991   Valid: 3277   Spoilt: 64   Quota: 820   Turnout: 55.8%  


Dunoon

Dunoon − 3 seats[11][24][25]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
SNP Audrey E. Forrest (incumbent) 40.9 1126            
Conservative Daniel Hampsey 17.9 493 501.1 512.9 528.9 556.4 560.7 747.9
Liberal Democrats Ross Moreland 16.9 464 539.7 544.1 646.5 710.3    
Independent Gordon Graham McKinven 10.1 279 324.4 336.9 365.5 485.4 492.3  
Labour Kaitlin Wallace 6.5 180 247.9 254.0        
Independent George Darroch 6.1 168 249.9 266.6 296.3      
Scottish Family Susan Watling 1.6 43 62.4          
Electorate: 5613   Valid: 2753   Spoilt: 39   Quota: 689   Turnout: 49.7%  


Isle of Bute

Isle of Bute − 3 seats[11][26][27]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
SNP Reeni Kennedy-Boyle 25.4 591                
Independent Liz McCabe (incumbent) 23.7 553 554.4 557.4 573.5 590.0        
Conservative Peter Wallace 17.8 414 414.1 418.1 418.1 422.1 422.9 438.9 485.2 633.8
Independent Jean Murray Moffat (incumbent) 13.7 320 321.1 326.1 344.2 358.6 361.0 384.3 483.4  
Independent Fraser Gillies 8.7 202 202.5 205.5 209.5 213.7 215.1 241.3    
Labour Dawn Malcolm 4.3 101 101.5 106.5 108.6 128.9 129.4      
Green Ewan Stuart 3.0 70 71.9 73.9 79.2          
Alba Robert McGowan 2.4 55 55.6 55.6            
Liberal Democrats Derek John McFarlane 1.1 25 25.1              
Electorate: 4866   Valid: 2331   Spoilt: 32   Quota: 583   Turnout: 48.6%  


Lomond North

Lomond North − 3 seats[11][28][29]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Conservative Maurice Corry 26.4 843            
SNP Shonny Iain Paterson (incumbent) 24.3 777 777.2 786.3 813.4      
Independent Mark Irvine 14.9 475 481.4 497.9 550.9 553.6 680.3 1021.8
Independent George Freeman (incumbent) 14.6 466 478.2 489.1 521.9 524.5 672.6  
Labour Watson Robinson 12.4 397 404.7 442.3 461.5 464.5    
Independent Robert Graham MacIntyre 4.7 149 151.5 161.9        
Liberal Democrats Nigel Ford Millar 2.8 91 95.4          
Electorate: 6257   Valid: 3198   Spoilt: 38   Quota: 800   Turnout: 51.7%  


Helensburgh Central

Helensburgh Central − 4 seats[11][30][31]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Conservative Gary Mulvaney (incumbent) 30.5 1205            
SNP Ian James MacQuire 21.4 843            
Labour Fiona Howard 21.3 841            
Liberal Democrats Graham Hardie (incumbent) 11.1 440 480.0 485.8 505.6 530.9 716.0 1009.5
Green Sarah Davies 6.8 268 274.2 305.7 314.3 341.6    
Conservative Alison Willmot 6.6 262 601.9 603.0 610.2 627.0 645.5  
Independent James Alexander Robb 2.2 88 93.2 95.9 98.7      
Electorate: 7759   Valid: 3947   Spoilt: 55   Quota: 790   Turnout: 51.6%  


Helensburgh and Lomond South

Helensburgh and Lomond South − 3 seats[11][32][33]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Conservative Gemma Penfold (incumbent) 29.6 854        
SNP Math Campbell-Sturgess 26.0 749        
Conservative David Kinniburgh (incumbent) 18.1 522 633.0 633.6 647.4  
Liberal Democrats Paul Donald Kennedy 17.8 512 522.2 525.8 701.4 1054
Green Howard Green 8.6 247 250.1 268.5    
Electorate: 5800   Valid: 2884   Spoilt: 41   Quota: 722   Turnout: 50.4%  


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