2022 Dundee City Council election
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All 29 seats to Dundee City Council
15 seats needed for a majority
 
Leader John Alexander Kevin Keenan
Party SNP Labour
Leader's seat Strathmartine Strathmartine
Last election 14 seats, 41.2% 9 seats, 20.3%
Current seats 14 8

 
Leader Fraser Macpherson Derek Scott
Party Liberal Democrats Conservative
Leader's seat The Ferry West End
Last election 2 seats, 8.1% 3 seats, 17.3%
Current seats 2 3

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The eight multi-member wards; colours denote the winning party, as shown in the main table of results.

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Incumbent Council Leader

John Alexander
SNP



The Dundee City Council election of 2022 is currently taking place as of 5 May 2022, the same day as the 31 other Scottish local government elections.[1] Each ward will elect three or four councillors using the single transferable vote system, a form of proportional representation used since the 2007 election and according to the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004.[1]

After the 2017 election, the Scottish National Party (SNP) lost 2 seats reducing their numbers to 14, being one seat short of an overall majority. They formed an administration with the support of the Independent Ian Borthwick.[2]

Background

Previous election

At the previous election in 2017, the Scottish National Party (SNP) was the largest party and, despite two losses, continued to govern. However, they no longer held a majority after the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats made gains.[3]

Dundee City Council election result 2017
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SNP 14 0 2 Decrease2 48.28 41.26 18,289 Decrease2.11
  Labour 9 1 1 Steady 31.03 20.30 8,997 Decrease9.84
  Conservative 3 2 0 Increase2 10.34 17.25 7,644 Increase5.99
  Liberal Democrats 2 1 0 Increase1 6.90 8.10 3,589 Decrease0.88
  Independent 1 0 1 Decrease1 3.45 5.33 2,364 Increase0.89
  Green 0 0 0 Steady 0 2.49 1,102 Increase1.93
  TUSC 0 0 0 Steady 0 1.55 688 Increase0.28
  UKIP 0 0 0 Steady 0 0.23 103 New
  Scottish Socialist 0 0 0 Steady 0 0.13 59 New
Notes

Source: [3]

Composition

After the 2017 election, several changes in the composition of the council happened. Most were changes to the political affiliation of councillors including North East councillor Gregor Murray who resigned from the SNP in May 2019 after accusing the party of being transphobic[4] and Lochee councillor Alan Ross who first left the SNP to become an independent before defecting to Alba in February 2022, making him the first Alba councillor in Dundee City Council.[5] A single by-election was held which resulted in an SNP gain from Labour.[6]

Party 2017 election Dissolution
SNP 14 13
Labour 9 8
Conservative 3 3
Liberal Democrats 2 2
Independent 1 2
Alba N/A 1

Retiring councillors

There were four councillors elected at the 2017 election which will depart ahead of the 2022 election.

Ward Party Retiring councillor
Strathmartine Independent Ian Borthwick
Coldside SNP Anne Rendall
North East Independent[a] Gregor Murray
East End Labour Margaret Richardson

Debates and hustings

Ahead of the election, a series of debates and hustings were held throughout the campaign period. DC Thomson hosted an election debate on 21 April 2022 which was moderated by Derek Healy, the political editor of The Courier. The debate featured only leaders and representatives of the five parties on the council and an appeal for questions to be considered were featured.[7][8] It was announced shortly after that the debate would be streamed on The Courier's social media pages on 25 April 2022.

A husting took place on 27 April 2022 which was organised and moderated by the Dundee Social Enterprise Network. The hustings featured representatives of the four parties on the council along with the inclusion of the Scottish Greens but not the Alba Party.[9]

2022 Dundee City Council election debates and hustings
Date Organisers Moderator(s)  P  Present[b]    S  Surrogate[c]    NI  Not invited   A  Absent invitee  INV Invited 
SNP Labour Conservatives Lib Dems Greens Alba Audience Ref.
21 April DC Thomson Derek Healy[d] P
Alexander
S
McCready[e]
P
Scott[f]
P
MacPherson[g]
P
Jones[h]
P
Ross[i]
Virtual [7]
27 April Dundee SEN S
Short[j]
S
McCready[k]
S
MacKenzie[l]
S
Crichton[m]
P
Jones[n]
NI Yes [9]

Results

Dundee City Council election 2022
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SNP 15 1 0 +1
  Labour 9 1 1 -
  Liberal Democrats 4 2 0 +2
  Conservative 1 0 2 -2
  Green 0 0 0 0
  Alba 0 0 0 0
  TUSC 0 0 0 0
  Sovereignty 0 0 0 -
  Scottish Family 0 0 0 -

Ward summary

2022 Dundee City Council election
by ward
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
SNP Lab Conservative Lib Dem Green Others
Strathmartine 45.4% 2 22.8% 1 5.9% 0 18.7% 1 3.3% 0 3.2% 0 4
Lochee 43.2% 2 35.8% 2 8.4% 0 3.1% 0 3.1% 0 5.3% 0 4
West End 31.3% 2 10.9% 0 6.7% 0 40.3% 2 9.4% 0 1.4% 0 4
Coldside 44.5% 2 31.1% 2 7.9% 0 3.1% 0 9.9% 0 3.4% 0 4
Maryfield 47.4% 2 22.6% 1 8.8% 0 4.7% 0 10.6% 0 5.9% 0 3
North East 56.5% 2 26.6% 1 8.3% 0 2.6% 0 3.3% 0 2.6% 0 3
East End 52.8% 2 26.0% 1 10.7% 0 2.8% 0 4.1% 0 3.7% 0 3
The Ferry 27.6% 1 10.0% 1 23.0% 1 34.7% 1 3.0% 0 1.7% 0 4
Total 29

Ward results

Strathmartine

Strathmartine - 4 seats[10]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
SNP John Alexander (incumbent)
Green Callum Baird
Liberal Democrats Daniel Coleman
Scottish Family Susan Ettle
SNP Stewart Hunter (incumbent)
TUSC Maddie Jamieson
Labour Kevin Keenan (incumbent)
Conservative Calum Walker
Alba Laura Whyte


Lochee

Lochee - 3 seats[10]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Liberal Democrats Johnathan Bremmer
Scottish Family James Hosie
Conservative Gavin MacKenzie
Labour Charlie Malone (incumbent)
Alba Alan Ross (incumbent)
Labour Wendy Sculin
SNP Roisin Smith (incumbent)
SNP Siobhan Tolland
Green Kate Treharne


West End

West End - 4 seats[10]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Green Ted Booth
SNP Bill Campbell (incumbent)
Liberal Democrats Michael Crichton
SNP Nadia El-Nakla
Conservative Donald Hay (incumbent)
Alba Annie Jenkins
ISP Brooke Labagh
Liberal Democrats Fraser MacPherson (incumbent)
Labour Richard McCready (incumbent)


Coldside

Coldside - 4 seats[10]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Alba Scott Agnew
Conservative Naveed Ali
SNP Heather Anderson
Liberal Democrats Jenny Blain
SNP Mark Flynn (incumbent)
Green Tanya Jones
Labour George McIrvine (incumbent)
TUSC Wayne Scott
Labour Helen Wright (incumbent)


Maryfield

Maryfield - 3 seats[10]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Labour Georgia Cruickshank (incumbent)
Liberal Democrats Rebecca Dewar
Sovereignty Ewan Gurr
Alba Sundas Kamran
SNP Ken Lynn (incumbent)
Conservative Danielle Marr
SNP Lynne Short (incumbent)
Green Martha Smart


North East

North East - 3 seats[10]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Labour Jax Finnegan
Conservative Lisa Franchi
Alba Heather McLean
SNP Steven Rome (incumbent)
SNP Willie Sawers (incumbent)
Liberal Democrats Mark Smith
Green Stuart White


East End

East End - 3 seats[10]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Conservative Bill Crabb
SNP Will Dawson (incumbent)
Liberal Democrats Outi Mȁȁttȁnen-Burke
Labour Dorothy McHugh
Green Alison McIntosh
Alba Allan Petrie
SNP Christina Roberts (incumbent)


The Ferry

The Ferry - 4 seats[10]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Alba Thomas Byrne
SNP Kevin Cordell (incumbent)
Liberal Democrats Craig Duncan (incumbent)
SNP Qaiser Habib
Green Mark Parsons
Conservative Derek Scott (incumbent)
Conservative Philip Scott (incumbent)
Labour Pete Shears
Scottish Family Carole Smith


Footnotes

  1. ^ Originally elected as a Scottish National Party candidate
  2. ^ Denotes a main invitee attending the event.
  3. ^ Denotes a main invitee not attending the event, sending a surrogate in their place.
  4. ^ Political editor of The Courier
  5. ^ Richard McCready, Labour
  6. ^ Phillip Scott, Scottish Conservative group leader at Dundee City Council, councillor in The Ferry ward
  7. ^ Fraser MacPherson, Scottish Liberal Democrat group leader at Dundee City Council, councillor in the West End ward
  8. ^ Tanya Jones, Scottish Green candidate for the Coldside ward
  9. ^ Alan Ross, Alba Party sole representative at Dundee City Council, councillor for Lochee ward
  10. ^ Lynne Short, SNP councillor for the Maryfield ward
  11. ^ Richard McCready, Labour
  12. ^ Gavin MacKenzie, Conservative
  13. ^ Michael Crichton, Liberal Democrats
  14. ^ Tanya Jones, Scottish Green candidate for the Coldside ward

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Elections 2022". Dundee City Council. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  2. ^ "SNP strikes deal with veteran councillor to form new council administration" – via www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk.
  3. ^ a b Teale, Andrew. "Local Elections Results 2017 Dundee". Local Elections Archive Project. Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  4. ^ Morkis, Stefan. "EXCLUSIVE: Dundee councillor Gregor Murray quits SNP over party's 'institutional transphobia'". The Courier. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Former SNP city development chief unveiled as latest defector to Alba party". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  6. ^ "North East By Election - Election Results". Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b Healy, Derek (19 April 2022). "Here's who we have lined up for our Dundee City Council debate". Twitter.
  8. ^ Healey, Derek. "Courier election debate: How you can put questions to local leaders". The Courier. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  9. ^ a b DESN, DESN. "We are pleased to be hosting a Council Election Hustings - come along put your questions to the parties ahead of elections on 5th May 2022".
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "Notice of election agents" (PDF). Dundee City Council. Retrieved 3 April 2022.