2022 North Ayrshire Council election
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All 33 seats to North Ayrshire Council
17 seats needed for a majority
Registered109,300
Turnout44.7%
  First party Second party
 
Leader Marie Burns Tom Marshall
Party SNP Conservative
Leader's seat Irvine East North Coast
Last election 11 seats, 35.22% 7 seats, 23.49%
Seats before 9 8
Seats won 12 10
Seat change Increase 1 Increase 3
Popular vote 17,052 10,200
Percentage 36.2% 21.7%
Swing Increase 1.0% Decrease 1.8%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Joe Cullinane N/A
Party Labour Independent
Leader's seat Kilwinning N/A
Last election 11 seats, 26.07% 4 seats, 12.97%
Seats before 10 6
Seats won 9 2
Seat change Decrease 1 Decrease 2
Popular vote 11,947 5,473
Percentage 25.4% 11.6%
Swing Decrease 0.6% Decrease 0.5%

Council Leader before election

Joe Cullinane
Labour

Council Leader after election

TBD

Elections to North Ayrshire Council took place on 5 May 2022 on the same day as the 31 other Scottish local government elections. The election was the first to use the nine wards created under the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018, with 33 councillors being elected. Each ward – except Arran which returned one member – elected either three, four or five members, using the STV electoral system.[1]

For the third consecutive election, the SNP received the highest vote share and returned the most seats at 12 – one more than the previous election. The Conservatives built on their success from five years previous and bucked the national trend as they recorded their best ever performance in a North Ayrshire election, leapfrogging Labour into second place with 10 seats. Labour fell from their position as the joint-largest party to third returning only nine councillors – their worst ever performance in a North Ayrshire election. The number of independents elected fell from four to two.[2]

Background

Previous election

Main article: 2017 North Ayrshire Council election

At the previous election in 2017, the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Labour won the joint-most seat with 11 each. The SNP's number had reduced by one while Labour maintained their number of councillors. The Conservatives gained 6 seats to record their best result in a North Ayrshire election with seven while the number of independents fell from six to four.[3]

Party Seats Vote share
SNP 11 35.2%
Labour 11 26.1%
Conservatives 7 23.5%
Independent 4 13.0%

Composition

Since the previous election, several changes in the composition of the council occurred. Most were changes to the political affiliation of councillors including Labour councillor Jimmy Miller who resigned to become an independent and SNP councillor Ellen McMaster who first joined Alba before becoming an independent.[4][5] One by-election was held after SNP councillor Joy Brahim resigned due to ill health and resulted in a gain for the Conservatives.[6][7]

Party 2017 result Dissolution
SNP 11 9
Labour 11 10
Conservative 7 8
Independents 4 6

Retiring councillors

Ward Party Retiring councillor
Irvine West Labour Ian Clarkson
Irvine East Labour John Easdale
Irvine South Conservative Margaret George
North Coast and Cumbraes Labour Alex Gallagher

Boundary changes

Following the implementation 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 the Western Isles. The act allowed for single- or two-member wards to be created to allow for better representation of island communities. As a result, the number of wards in North Ayrshire was reduced from 10 to nine but the number of councillors will remain at 33. No changes were proposed in Kilwinning or the three Irvine wards. The former Ardrossan and Arran ward was split into two wards – a single-member ward for the island of Arran and a three-member ward for Ardrossan. A single ward for Saltcoats and Stevenson was reintroduced after it was split into two separate wards prior to the 2017 election however the area will be represented by five members rather than four as was the case between 2007 and 2017. The former Dalry and West Kilbride, Kilbirnie and Beith, and North Coast and Cumbraes wards were reorganised from two three- and one four-member wards into two five-member wards: North Coast and Garnock Valley.[1][8]

Candidates

The total number of candidates increased from 70 in 2017 to 74. As was the case five years previous, the SNP fielded the highest number of candidates at 17 across the nine wards – two less than in 2017. Both Labour and the Conservatives also fielded at least one candidate in every ward but the 14 candidates fielded by Labour was three less than in 2017 whereas the 11 candidates named by the Conservatives was an increase of one. The Greens again contested three wards while the Liberal Democrats contested an election in North Ayrshire for the first time in a decade after they named six candidates. The number of independent candidates fell from 15 in 2017 to 12. Socialist Labour named two candidates, an increase of one, while the Scottish Socialist Party and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) again named one candidate. For the first time, the Scottish Family Party (three candidates), the Independence for Scotland Party (ISP) (two candidates), the Alba Party and the Freedom Alliance (both one candidate) fielded candidates in a North Ayrshire election. Neither the UK Independence Party (UKIP) or the British Unionist Party, who both had contested the 2017 election, fielded any candidates.[9]

Results

2022 North Ayrshire Council election result
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SNP 12 2 1 Increase 1 36.3 36.2 17,052 Increase 1.0
  Conservative 10 3 0 Increase 3 30.3 21.7 10,200 Decrease 1.8
  Labour 9 1 3 Decrease 2 27.2 25.4 11,947 Decrease 0.6
  Independent 2 0 2 Decrease 2 6.0 11.6 5,473 Decrease 0.5
  Green 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.7 804 Increase 0.8
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.4 671 New
  Socialist Labour 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.5 268 Increase 0.4
  Scottish Family 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.4 192 New
  ISP 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.3 183 New
  Alba 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.2 100 New
  Scottish Socialist 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.0 46 Decrease 0.3
  TUSC 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.0 40 Decrease 0.1
  Freedom Alliance 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.0 27 New
Total 33 47,003

Note: Votes are the sum of first preference votes across all council wards. The net gain/loss and percentage changes relate to the result of the previous Scottish local elections on 4 May 2017. This is because STV has an element of proportionality which is not present unless multiple seats are being elected. This may differ from other published sources showing gain/loss relative to seats held at the dissolution of Scotland's councils.

Ward summary

Results of the 2022 North Ayrshire Council election
by ward
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
SNP Labour Conservative Others
North Coast 30.5 2 10.1 0 30.1 2 28.8 1 5
Garnock Valley 31.3 2 14.1 1 24.8 1 29.7 1 5
Ardrossan 41.1 1 27.0 1 19.9 1 11.8 0 3
Arran 25.7 0 9.9 0 32.4 1 31.8 0 1
Saltcoats and Stevenson 39.5 2 40.2 2 11.4 1 8.7 0 5
Kilwinning 34.9 1 46.0 2 15.6 1 3.4 0 4
Irvine West 40.6 2 29.7 1 19.9 1 9.6 0 4
Irvine East 44.5 1 27.2 1 19.7 1 8.4 0 3
Irvine South 44.5 1 32.4 1 19.3 1 3.6 0 3
Total 36.2 12 25.4 9 21.7 10 16.6 2 33

Seats changing hands

Below is a list of seats which elected a different party or parties from 2017 in order to highlight the change in political composition of the council from the previous election. The list does not include defeated incumbents who resigned or defected from their party and subsequently failed re-election while the party held the seat. Due to boundary changes, some wards may differ between the 2017 and 2022 elections.

2017 2022
Seat Party Member Seat Party Member
Dalry and West Kilbride[Note 1] Independent Robert Barr Garnock Valley[Note 1] Conservative Ronnie Stalker
North Coast and Cumbraes[Note 1] Labour Alex Gallagher North Coast[Note 1] SNP Eleanor Collier
New ward Arran Conservative Timothy Billings
Stevenston Labour Jimmy Miller[Note 2] Saltcoats and Stevenston[Note 3] Conservative Cameron Inglis
Saltcoats Independent Ronnie McNicol
Irvine West Labour Ian Clarkson Irvine West SNP Chloe Robertson
Notes
  1. ^
    Note 1: The Dalry and West Kilbride, Kilbirnie and Beith and North Coast and Cumbraes wards used in the 2017 election were replaced by the new Garnock Valley and North Coast wards.
  2. ^
    Note 2: In 2017, Jimmy Miller was elected as a Labour candidate but later resigned from the party.[4]
  3. ^
    Note 3: The total number of councillors representing Saltcoats and Stevenston was reduced from six to five following the boundary changes.

Ward results

At the previous election, the North Coast and Garnock Valley wards were previously represented by three wards: Dalry and West Kilbride, Kilbirnie and Beith and North Coast and Cumbraes. The three wards elected 10 councillors in total including three SNP, three independents, two Labour and two Conservatives. The newly created wards elected four SNP, three Conservatives, two independents and one Labour resulting in a gain for the SNP and the Conservatives and a loss each for Labour and independent candidate Robert Barr.

North Coast

North Coast - 5 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
SNP Eleanor Collier 17.5 1,724                      
Independent Ian Murdoch[NCC] 17.4 1,718                      
Conservative Todd Ferguson[DWK] 16.5 1,633 1,633 1,641                  
Conservative Tom Marshall[NCC] 13.5 1,331 1,331 1,341 1,341 1,346 1,349 1,352 1,379 1,412 1,439 1,442 1,677
SNP Alan Hill[NCC] 13.4 1,325 1,393 1,405 1,405 1,420 1,461 1,474 1,485 1,545 1,756    
Labour Valerie Reid 10.1 995 996 1,004 1,004 1,010 1,014 1,066 1,128 1,175 1,298 1,325  
Green David John Nairn 3.9 392 397 404 404 417 427 440 478 527      
Independent Wendy Low-Thomson 2.3 234 234 249 249 267 291 299 326        
Liberal Democrats Margaret McLellan 2.0 203 203 206 206 208 210 219          
Socialist Labour James McDaid 1.1 118 118 119 119 120 125            
Alba Jane Fraser 1.0 100 101 101 101 105              
ISP Nick Hobson 0.7 72 72 74 74                
Electorate: 18,557   Valid: 9,845   Spoilt: 160   Quota: 1,641   Turnout: 53.9%  

Source: [10][11]

Garnock Valley

Garnock Valley - 5 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Independent Donald L. Reid[KIB] 22.8 1,613                    
Conservative Ronnie Stalker[DWK] 20.1 1,420                    
SNP Anthea Dickson[KIB] 19.3 1,362                    
SNP Margaret Johnson 11.9 844 923 935 1,098 1,100 1,103 1,108 1,128 1,141 1,141 1,279
Labour John Bell[KIB] 11.4 806 892 910 919 923 924 937 1,095 1,181    
Independent Robert Barr[DWK] 5.5 388 464 539 542 550 568 583 597 700 701  
Conservative Ted Nevill 4.6 327 374 456 457 460 463 472 480      
Labour James Robson 2.6 190 219 225 226 226 228 235        
Liberal Democrats Catherine Williamson 0.7 55 63 66 67 70 72          
Freedom Alliance Carol Ann Dobson 0.3 27 31 32 34              
Independent John Willis 0.1 12 34 36 36 38            
Electorate: 16,364   Valid: 7,044   Spoilt: 167   Quota: 1,175   Turnout: 44.1%  

Source: [12][13]

Ardrossan

At the previous election, Ardrossan was included in a ward representing Ardrossan and Arran which returned one SNP, one Labour and one Conservative councillor. The new ward returned the same political mix despite the boundary changes.

Ardrossan - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
SNP Tony Gurney[AAA] 30.9 1,107            
Labour Amanda Kerr 27.0 966            
Conservative Stewart Ferguson 19.9 714 717 729 739 751 858 1,013
SNP Jim McHarg 10.2 366 549 558 565 574 674  
Independent John Hunter 9.3 333 345 359 366 390    
Scottish Family Matthew Lynch 1.3 47 47 51        
Liberal Democrats Stephen McQuistin 1.2 44 45 56 62      
Electorate: 8,512   Valid: 3,577   Spoilt: 70   Quota: 895   Turnout: 42.8%  

Source: [14][15]

Arran

At the previous election, Arran was included in a ward representing Ardrossan and Arran. The newly created Arran ward resulted in a Conservative win.

Arran - 1 seat
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Conservative Timothy Billings[AAA] 32.4 788 820 872 891 1,038 1,335
SNP Steve Garraway 25.7 625 662 689 825 951  
Independent Tom Young 12.5 305 375 436 519    
Labour Aaran McDonald 9.9 243 260        
Green Ronna Park 9.9 241 272 321      
Independent Ellen McMaster[AAA] 9.4 229          
Electorate: 4,072   Valid: 2,431   Spoilt: 23   Quota: 1,216   Turnout: 60.3  

Source: [16][17]

Saltcoats and Stevenston

At the previous election, Saltcoats and Stevenston was represented by two separate wards, one for Saltcoats and one for Stevenston. In total, they elected six councillors including three Labour, two SNP and an independent. The newly re-established ward which had been used between 2007 and 2017 elected two SNP, two Labour and one Conservative councillor resulting in a Conservative gain and a loss for Labour and independent candidate Ronnie McNicol. Independent candidate Jimmy Miller was elected as a Labour candidate in 2017 but later resigned from the party.

Saltcoats and Stevenston - 5 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
SNP Jean McClung[SLT] 29.3 1,908              
Labour Jim Montgomerie[SLT] 28.0 1,822              
Labour John Sweeney[STE] 12.2 796 811 1,350          
Conservative Cameron Inglis 11.4 742 745 772 776 814 828 857 1,103
SNP Davina McTeirnan[STE] 10.2 666 1,402            
Independent Ronnie McNicol[SLT] 5.6 366 394 448 486 527 605 702  
ISP David Higgins 1.7 111 120 127 206 219 235    
Independent Jimmy Miller[STE] 1.4 95 97 119 140 182      
Electorate: 16,951   Valid: 6,506   Spoilt: 202   Quota: 1,085   Turnout: 39.6%  

Source: [18][19]

Kilwinning

Labour (2), the SNP (1) and the Conservatives (1) retained the seats they won at the previous election.

Kilwinning - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Labour Joe Cullinane (incumbent) 30.8 1,714          
SNP Scott Davidson (incumbent) 22.0 1,225          
Conservative John Glover (incumbent) 15.6 867 904 936 937 1,029 1,295
Labour Donald Reid (incumbent) 15.1 842 1,297        
SNP Sheila Gibson 12.8 714 750 780 886 944  
Liberal Democrats Ruby Kirkwood 3.4 191 226 276 278    
Electorate: 13,553   Valid: 5,553   Spoilt: 171   Quota: 1,111   Turnout: 42.2%  

Source: [20][21]

Irvine West

The SNP retained the seat they had won at the previous election and gained one from Labour while the Conservatives retained their only seat and Labour retained one of their two seats.

Irvine West - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
SNP Shaun MacAulay (incumbent) 27.3 1,274                  
Conservative Scott Gallacher (incumbent) 19.9 932 934                
Labour Louise McPhater (incumbent) 15.6 729 738 738 746 748 757 792 814 816 1,472
Labour Sylvia Mallinson 14.1 660 674 674 676 678 697 758 788 790  
SNP Chloe Robertson 13.3 623 894 894 905 906 909 922 948    
Socialist Labour Bobby Cochrane 3.2 150 155 155 168 172 181        
Independent Kevin T. Blades 2.8 133 136 136 139 165 184 212      
Liberal Democrats Lewis Dominic Hutton 1.5 72 75 75 76 81          
Independent Tristan Lindsay 1.0 47 49 49 53            
Scottish Socialist Colin Turbett 0.9 46 47 47              
Electorate: 12,090   Valid: 4,666   Spoilt: 142   Quota: 934   Turnout: 39,8%  

Source: [22][23]

Irvine East

The SNP, Labour and the Conservatives retained the seats they had won at the previous election.

Irvine East - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
SNP Marie Burns (incumbent) 36.5 1,470            
Labour Nairn McDonald 27.2 1,096            
Conservative Angela Stephen (incumbent) 19.7 795 797 818 839 885 913 1,097
SNP Susan Johnson 8.0 323 696 706 718 730 874  
Green Ross Colins 4.2 171 219 227 239 278    
Liberal Democrats Barry Keith Jackson 2.6 106 111 130 139      
Scottish Family Karin Craig 1.5 64 70 76        
Electorate: 10,204   Valid: 4,025   Spoilt: 87   Quota: 1,007   Turnout: 40.3%  

Source: [24][25]

Irvine South

The SNP, Labour and the Conservatives retained the seats they had won at the previous election.

Irvine South - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
SNP Christina Larsen (incumbent) 25.9 871            
Labour Robert Foster (incumbent) 22.6 761 761 765 783 1,048    
Conservative Matthew McLean 19.3 651 651 656 681 711 759 889
SNP Joseph Hopkins 18.6 625 652 660 669 691 728  
Labour David O'Neill 9.7 327 327 336 355      
Scottish Family Robert John Craig 2.4 81 81 87        
TUSC Ian Kerr 1.1 40 40          
Electorate: 8,997   Valid: 3,356   Spoilt: 96   Quota: 840   Turnout: 38.4%  

Source: [26][27]

Notes

  1. ^
    AAA: Sitting councillor for Ardrossan and Arran.
  2. ^
    DWK: Sitting councillor for Dalry and West Kilbride.
  3. ^
    KIB: Sitting councillor for Kilbirnie and Beith.
  4. ^
    NCC: Sitting councillor for North Coast and Cumbraes.
  5. ^
    SLT: Sitting councillor for Saltcoats.
  6. ^
    STE: Sitting councillor for Stevenson.

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