2022 Moray Council election

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All 26 seats to Moray Council
14 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Tim Eagle (not running for re-election) Graham Leadbitter & Shona Morrison John Divers
Party Conservative SNP Labour
Leader's seat Buckie Elgin South & Fochabers Lhanbryde Elgin South
Last election 8 seats, 36.1% 9 seats, 31.6% 1 seats, 4.3%
Seats before 9 7 1
Seats won 11 8 3
Seat change Increase3 Decrease 1 Increase2

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Various Lisa Mead & Fabio Villani
Party Independent Green Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Various Did not contest
Last election 8 seats, 24.1% 0 seats, 2.6% 0 seats, 1.2%
Seats before 8[a] 0 0
Seats won 2 1 1
Seat change Decrease6 Increase1 Increase1

Council Leader before election

Graham Leadbitter[1]
SNP

Council Leader after election

Neil McLennan & Kathleen Robertson
Conservative

The 2022 election to Moray Council took place on 5 May 2022, on the same day as the 31 other local authorities in Scotland. The election used the eight wards created under the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, with 26 Councillors elected. Each ward elects either 3 or 4 members, using the STV electoral system. This election was notable for having the first Green councillor elected in Moray's history, as well as for Labour's Ben Williams being the youngest person ever elected to Moray Council.[2]

On 18 May 2022, it was announced that the council would be run a minority Conservative group, alongside two Independents.[3]

2017 results

2017 Moray Council election
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SNP 9 0 1 Decrease1 34.6 31.6 10,518 Decrease7.8
  Conservative 8 5 0 Increase5 30.8 36.1 12,010 Increase18.6
  Independent 8 0 2 Decrease2 30.8 24.1 8,022 Decrease4.8
  Labour 1 0 2 Decrease2 3.8 4.3 1,438 Decrease4.9
  Green 0 0 0 Steady0 0.0 2.6 853 Decrease0.2
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 Steady0 0.0 1.2 410 Increase0.6

Results

2022 Moray Council election
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 11 3 0 +3
  SNP 8 0 1 -1
  Labour 3 2 0 +2
  Independent 2 0 6 -6
  Green 1 1 0 +1
  Liberal Democrats 1 1 0 +1
  Scottish Family
  Sovereignty
Results of the 2022 Moray Council election
by ward
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
SNP Lab Conservative Green Lib Dem Others
Speyside Glenlivet 36.77 1 33.83 1 8.57 0 20.83 1 3
Keith & Cullen 43.50 1 43.68 2 9.94 0 2.88 0 3
Buckie 1 1 1 3
Fochabers Lhanbryde 42.99 1 10.11 1 39.79 1 3
Heldon & Laich 29.48 1 7.68 1 39.71 2 4.62 0 18.52 1 3
Elgin City North 32.60 1 28.49 1 25.88 1 4.49 0 3.92 0 4.62 0 3
Elgin City South 35.55 1 28.11 1 26.83 1 3.05 0 6.45 0 4
Forres 34.29 1 10.62 0 40.91 2 9.1 1 5.10 0 4
Total 26

Ward results

The incumbent councillors for each ward as of March 2022 are listed below.[4] Any changes from the councillors elected in the 2017 Moray Council election are also noted. Candidates for the upcoming election were confirmed on 30 March 2022.[5]

Speyside Glenlivet

Speyside Glenlivet - 3 seats[6]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3
SNP Juli Harris 36.77% 1,227
Conservative David Gordon 33.83% 1,129
Independent Derek Ross (incumbent) 20.14% 672 750.3 897.7
Green Elidh Myrvang Brown 8.57% 286 491.7 519.6
Sovereignty David Philip McHutchon 0.69% 23 30.7 50.5
Electorate: 7,382   Valid: 3,374   Spoilt: 37   Quota: 835   Turnout: 45.7%  

Keith & Cullen

Incumbent councillors:

Candidates:

Candidate Party
William Keith Barclay Family
Tracy Colyer Conservative
Theresa Coull (incumbent) SNP
Donald Gatt Conservative
Leslie Tarr Liberal Democrat

Buckie

Incumbent councillors:

Candidates (uncontested):

Candidate Party
Neil McLennan Conservative
Christopher Thomas Price Liberal Democrat
Sonya Warren (incumbent) SNP

Fochabers Lhanbryde

Incumbent councillors:

Candidates:

Candidate Party
David Bremner (incumbent) SNP
Donald John Craig Cameron Liberal Democrat
Marc MacRae (incumbent) Conservative
Shona Morrison (incumbent) SNP
Ben Williams Labour

Heldon & Laich

Incumbent councillors:

Candidates:

Candidate Party
James Allan (incumbent) Conservative
Calum Cameron Liberal Democrat
Neil Cameron SNP
John Cowe (incumbent) Independent
Bridget Mustard Conservative
Andrew O'Neill Labour

Elgin City North

Incumbent councillors:

Candidates:

Candidate Party
Neil Alexander Liberal Democrat
Amber Dunbar Conservative
Jérémie Fernandes SNP
Graham Jarvis Independent
Rebecca Jane Kail Green
Sandy Keith Labour

Elgin City South

Incumbent councillors:

Candidates:

Candidate Party
Peter Bloomfield Conservative
Paul Briggs Independent
John Divers (incumbent) Labour
Michaela French Independent
Graham Leadbitter (incumbent) SNP
Bernard Matthew Salmon Liberal Democrat

Forres

Incumbent councillors:

Candidates:

Candidate Party
James Hynam Labour
Gary Shaw SNP
Steve Borden Conservative
Daft Kev Independent
Kathleen Robertson Conservative
Draeyk van der Horn Green

Footnotes

  1. ^ 4 Councillors Open Group, 2 Moray Alliance Group, and 2 Independent

References

  1. ^ "Councillors". Moray Council. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Ben Williams (19) elected to Fochabers Lhanbryde ward for Labour". 6 May 2022.
  3. ^ Lawson, Hazel (18 May 2022). "Councillors vote for Conservative minority group to run Moray Council". STV News. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Councillors". Moray Council. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Information for voters". Moray Council. 2 January 2022. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Moray Council Election Results 2022". Moray Council. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2022.