2022 Perth and Kinross Council election

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All 40 seats on Perth and Kinross Council
21 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Grant Laing Murray Lyle Willie Wilson
Party SNP Conservative Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Strathtay Strathallan (retiring) Perth City South (retiring)
Last election 15 seats 17 seats 4 seats
Seats won 16 seats 14 seats 4 seats
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 3 Steady

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Leader Alasdair Bailey
Party Labour Independent
Leader's seat Carse of Gowrie N/A
Last election 1 seat 3 seats
Seats won 2 seats 4 seats
Seat change Increase 1 Increase 1

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Council Leader before election

Murray Lyle
Conservative

Council Leader after election


SNP

Elections to Perth and Kinross Council were held on 5 May 2022 as part of the 2022 Scottish local elections. 40 Councillors were elected from 12 multi-members electoral wards under the Single Transferable Vote electoral system. The Scottish Conservatives had run Perth and Kinross Council as a minority administration immediately prior to the election, with a previous coalition with the Scottish Liberal Democrats collapsing mid-way through the term.[1] Twelve incumbent Councillors, including two group leaders, decided not to seek re-election whilst others stood again but lost their seats.[2]

The Scottish National Party (SNP) gained one seat to become the largest group on the council, Scottish Labour gained a second seat, the Scottish Liberal Democrats remained steady, whilst the Scottish Conservatives lost four seats. The Scottish Greens increased their vote-share but did not gain representation. Four Independent candidates were elected, largely in rural wards.

Following the declaration of the results on Friday 6 May 2022, talks began between the political groupings to determine who will be able to form an administration, which will result in posts such as Committee Conveners, the Council Leader, and the Provost being allocated. The Conservative and LibDem groups will also need to appoint new group leaders.

Background

2017 Results

Elections to Perth and Kinross Council were last held in 2017 as part of the 2017 Scottish local elections.

Composition Changes

There were changes to the political composition of the Council between 2017 and 2022 owing to the suspension of Councillors, defections, by-election results. Immediately prior to the election, the Scottish Conservatives had 17 Councillors, the SNP had 13 Councillors (down two compared to 2017), the Scottish Liberal Democrats had 5 (up one compared to 2017), Labour continued to have one Councillor, whilst there were four Independent or non-aligned Councillors.

By-elections

Five by-elections were held between the 2017 and 2022 elections. Resignation of Conservative Councillor Michael Jamieson after being charged with possession of indecent images of children in 2017 and SNP Councillor Dave Doogan after his election as a Member of Parliament in the 2019 United Kingdom general election triggered by-elections in Perth City South and Perth City North.[3][4] The deaths of Conservative Councillor Ian Campbell and SNP Councillors Bob Band and Henry Anderson also triggered by-elections in the Highland, Perth City South, and Almond and Earn wards.[5][6][7]

Three by-elections did not change the political composition of the council. Conservative candidate Audrey Coates was elected to replace Jamieson in the first Perth City South by-election.[8] John Duff won the Highland by-election to replace fellow Conservative Ian Campbell.[9] The SNP's Ian Massie won the Perth City North by-election to replace Dave Doogan.[10]

Two by-elections resulted in changes in political representation. Liz Barrett of the Scottish Liberal Democrats won the second Perth City South by-election, replacing the SNP's Bob Band.[11] Scottish Conservative candidate Frank Smith won the final by-election of the term, replacing the SNP's Henry Anderson as a Councillor for the Almond and Earn.[12]

Ward Previous Councillor Elected Councillor
Perth City South Conservative Michael Jamieson Conservative Audrey Coates
Highland Conservative Ian Campbell Conservative John Duff
Perth City South SNP Bob Band Liberal Democrats Liz Barrett
Perth City North SNP Dave Doogan SNP Ian Massie
Almond and Earn SNP Henry Anderson Conservative Frank Smith

Suspensions

Further changes in political composition resulted from Councillors being suspended from their political parties. Two Councillors were suspended from the Scottish Conservatives and did not rejoin the group for the remainder of the Council term. Colin Stewart and Calum Purves, representing Strathmore and Kinross-shire, were suspended in 2019 after allegations about their conduct during a meeting of the council's Integration Joint Board. Only Purves, not Stewart, was later readmitted to the Conservative group.[13] Audrey Coates, elected in the 2017 Perth City South by-election, was also suspended from the Conservative group after being charged with drink driving in 2020.[14]

Defections

Michael Barnacle, previously an Independent Councillor for Kinross-shire, joined the Scottish Conservatives in 2021, citing the prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence and promises from the Conservative group to increase autonomy for Kinross-shire as his motivating favours.[15]

Retiring Councillors

12 incumbent Councillors did not seek re-election. These included the outgoing Leader of the council, Conservative Councillor Murray Lyle and the longest serving Councillor, the Scottish Liberal Democrats' Willie Wilson. In total, seven Conservative Councillors, three SNP Councillors, and two Liberal Democrat Councillors did not seek re-election.[16]

Ward Party[Note 1] Retiring councillor First Elected
Carse of Gowrie SNP Beth Pover 2017
Strathmore SNP Fiona Sarwar 2017
Liberal Democrats Lewis Simpson 2003
Strathearn Conservatives Roz McCall 2017
Strathallan Conservatives Murray Lyle 2007
SNP Tom Gray 2010
Kinross-shire Conservatives Michael Barnacle 1999
Conservatives Callum Purves 2017
Almond and Earn Conservatives Kathleen Baird 2016
Perth City South Liberal Democrats Willie Wilson 1980
Independent Audrey Coates 2017
Perth City North Conservatives Harry Coates 2017
  1. ^
    Note 1: Table displays party affiliation at the end of the Council term. Michael Barnacle was elected as an Independent but joined the Conservatives whilst Audrey Coates was suspended from the Conservatives during the term.

Election results

2022 Perth and Kinross election result
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SNP 16 1 0 Increase1 40% 36.6% 22,273 Increase5.44
  Conservative 14 0 3 Decrease3 35% 32.3% 19,643 Decrease8.59
  Liberal Democrats 4 1 1 Steady 10% 13.1% 7,961 Increase0.65
  Independent 4 1 0 Increase1 10% 7.2% 4,399 Increase0.46
  Labour 2 1 0 Increase1 5% 5.6% 3,432 Increase0.41
  Green 0 - - - 0 4.5% 2,748 Increase1.06
  Scottish Family 0 - - - 0 0.2% 148 Increase0.2
  Alba 0 - - - 0 0.2% 123 Increase0.2
  Other parties 0 - - - 0 0.1% 50 Decrease0.03

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
Ward %
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Cllrs
SNP Lab Conservative Green Lib Dem Others
Carse of Gowrie 31.5 1 27.8 1 30.9 1 5.1 0 3.3 0 1.3 0 3
Strathmore 36.2 2 30.2 1 7.4 0 8.8 0 17.4 1 3
Blairgowrie and Glens 40.3 1 5.0 0 45.5 2 3.6 0 5.5 0 2.2 0 3
Highland 36.3 1 3.3 0 30.9 1 4.6 0 2.0 0 21.9 1 3
Strathtay 46.5 1 34.9 1 18.7 1 3
Strathearn 33.0 1 29.9 1 5.8 0 31.2 1 3
Strathallan 35.0 1 46.6 2 7.0 0 11.4 0 3
Kinross-shire 25.5 1 6.8 0 29.3 1 5.2 0 20.9 1 12.1 1 4
Almond and Earn 33.8 1 48.3 2 7.9 0 8.8 0 1.3 0 3
Perth City South 33.6 2 5.6 0 22.8 1 4.1 0 33.9 1 4
Perth City North 55.2 2 15.3 1 19.6 0 3.5 0 4.3 0 2.2 0 3
Perth City Centre 39.9 2 8.3 0 24.8 1 5.1 0 19.8 1 2.2 0 4

Ward results

Carse of Gowrie (Ward 1)

Incumbent Councillors Alasdair Bailey (Labour) and Angus Forbes (Conservative) were re-elected. Ken Harvey (SNP) was elected for the first time.[17] John Kellas, formerly the SNP Councillor for Strathtay,[18] stood as a second SNP candidate but was not elected. There was no change in political representation from the 2017 election, remaining as one Labour, one Conservative, and one SNP.

Carse of Gowrie - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Labour Alasdair Bailey (incumbent) 27.8% 1,265              
Conservative Angus Forbes (incumbent) 22.4% 1,017 1,041.4 1,054.7 1,099.1 1,139.4      
SNP Ken Harvey 21.1% 961 980.5 983.6 996.4 1,100.3 1,100.4 1,134.1 1,652.8
SNP John Kellas 10.4% 474 479.7 483.7 493.9 544.4 544.4 567.0  
Conservative Mac Roberts 8.5% 388 396.5 405.7 429.4 446.9 448.9    
Green Roger Humphry 5.1% 233 251.7 260.0 306.6        
Liberal Democrats Lindsay Easton 3.3% 150 176.4 182.7          
Scottish Family Don Marshall 1.3% 59 60.7            
Electorate: 8,157   Valid: 4,619   Spoilt: 72   Quota: 1,137   Turnout: 56.6%  

Strathmore (Ward 2)

Perth & Kinross' Provost and incumbent Councillor Dennis Melloy was not re-elected, with party colleague Hugh Anderson elected for the first time. Colin Stewart, first elected in 2017 but subsequently suspended from the Conservatives over allegations of bullying,[19] was elected as an Independent, whilst the SNP's Grant Stewart and Jack Welch were both elected for the first time. Incumbent Liberal Democrat Councillor Lewis Simpson did not seek re-election.[20] The Scottish National Party and Independents gained a seat compared to 2017, whilst the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives lost one.

Strathmore - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
SNP Grant Stewart 26.3% 1,780          
Independent Colin Stewart (incumbent) 17.4% 1,174 1,182.88 1,269.03 1,585.75    
Conservative Hugh Anderson 15.3% 1,032 1,032.96 1,052.96 1,142.2 1,183.25 2,138.59
Conservative Dennis Melloy (incumbent) 14.9% 1,009 1,011.4 1,027.64 1,107.64 1,153.79  
SNP Jack Welch 9.9% 671 1,057.45 1,234.28 1,310.2 1,352.06 1,380.96
Liberal Democrats Violet Iwanio 8.8% 598 600.88 756.32      
Green Jill Belch 7.4% 500 514.15        
Electorate: 12,365   Valid: 6,764   Quota: 1,353   Turnout: 54.7%  

Blairgowrie and Glens (Ward 3)

Incumbent Councillors Bob Brawn (Conservative), Tom McEwen (SNP) and Caroline Shiers (Conservative) were re-elected. There was no change in political representation from the 2017 election, remaining as two Conservative and one SNP.

Blairgowrie & Glens - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Conservative Caroline Shiers (incumbent) 25.78% 1,202                
SNP Tom McEwen (incumbent) 23.62% 1,101 1,102.05 1,105.05 1,111.08 1,119.14 1,194.2      
Conservative Bob Brawn (incumbent) 19.69% 918 949.24 961.36 974.45 1,008.84 1,023.9 1,024.54 1,089.69 1,244.5
SNP Harry Macfadyen 16.65% 776 776.33 778.33 780.33 785.36 811.39 835.72 889.02  
Labour Pauline Hunter 4.98% 232 232.42 234.42 241.42 300.66 341.69 342.57    
Green Louise Ramsay 3.62% 169 169.33 175.33 187.39 214.48        
Liberal Democrats Gordon Clark 3.5% 163 164.02 168.02 178.02          
Independent Bernard Noonan 1.37% 64 64.27 65.27            
Scottish Family Jack Murphy 0.79% 37 37.18              
Electorate: 9,188   Valid: 4,662   Quota: 1,166   Turnout: 52.2%  

Highland (Ward 4)

Incumbent Councillors John Duff (Conservative), Xander McDade (Independent) and Michael Williamson (SNP) were re-elected. There was no change in political representation from the 2017 election, remaining as one Conservative, one Independent and one SNP.

Highland - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Conservative John Duff (incumbent) 24.92% 1,110 1,120            
Independent Xander McDade (incumbent) 21.93% 977 1,009 1,010.1 1,076.15 1,148.16      
SNP Michael Williamson (incumbent) 19.21% 856 857 857.16 865.16 908.16 914.89 930.38 1,740.42
SNP Sally Murray 18.11% 807 811 811.15 829.16 899.17 905.09 916.98  
Conservative Rhona Metcalf 6.02% 268 275 279 283.03 291.06 297.86    
Green Mary McDougall 4.56% 203 212 212.1 247.11        
Labour Paula Hunter 3.3% 147 166 166.18          
Liberal Democrats Barry McMahon 1.95% 87              
Electorate: 7,674   Valid: 4,455   Quota: 1,114   Turnout: 58.8%  

Strathtay (Ward 5)

Incumbent Councillors Ian James (Conservative) and Grant Laing (SNP) were re-elected. Claire McLaren (Liberal Democrats) was elected for the first time and incumbent Councillor Anne Jarvis (Conservative) was not re-elected. Liberal Democrats gained the seat from the conservatives. 2022 political representation is now one Conservative, one SNP and one Liberal Democrat.

Strathtay - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
SNP Grant Laing (incumbent) 25.74% 1,328        
SNP Melanie Kinney 20.72% 1,069 1,101.19 1,107.33 1,114.84  
Conservative Ian James (incumbent) 18.84% 972 972.4 1,698.57    
Liberal Democrats Claire McLaren 18.65% 962 964.92 1,020.06 1,231.26 1,821.09
Conservative Anne Jarvis (incumbent) 16.05% 828 828.54      
Electorate: 9,890   Valid: 5,159   Quota: 1,290   Turnout: 53.3%  

Strathearn (Ward 6)

Incumbent Councillors Rhona Brock (Independent) and Stewart Donaldson (SNP) were re-elected. Unlike 2017, the Conservatives only stood one candidate and their candidate, Noah Khogali, was elected for the first time and is the youngest representative on the Council. There was no change in political representation from the 2017 election, remaining as one Independent, one SNP and one Conservative.

Strathearn - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
Conservative Noah Khogali 29.94% 1,337      
Independent Rhona Brock (incumbent) 27.41% 1,224      
SNP Stewart Donaldson (incumbent) 24.23% 1,082 1,086.77 1,104.95 1,137.27
SNP David West 8.76% 391 393.14 396.72 402.83
Liberal Democrats Julia Brown 5.84% 261 327.47 354.92 452.71
Independent Roger Cartwright 3.83% 171 237.97 276.17  
Electorate: 8,672   Valid: 4,466   Quota: 1,117   Turnout: 52.4%  

Strathallan (Ward 7)

Council leader Murray Lyle (Conservative) and Tom Gray (SNP) stood down at this election. Incumbent Councillor Crawford Reid (Conservative) was re-elected. Keith Allen (Conservative) and Steven Carr (SNP) were elected for the first time. There was no change in political representation from the 2017 election, remaining two Conservatives and one SNP.

Strathallan - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
Conservative Keith Allen 29.68% 1,420      
SNP Steven Carr 21.9% 1,048 1,053.18 1,121.65 1,205.12
Conservative Crawford Reid (incumbent) 16.97% 812 1,002.65 1,017.43 1,205.42
SNP Catherine Scott 13.06% 625 626.41 720.57 821.88
Liberal Democrats Neil Gaunt 11.43% 547 562.39 686.02  
Green Andrew Lear 6.96% 333 335.67    
Electorate: 9,543   Valid: 4,785   Quota: 1,197   Turnout: 51.5%  

Kinross-Shire (Ward 8)

Incumbent Councillors Callum Purves (Conservative) and Mike Barnacle (Independent/Conservative) stood down at this election. Incumbent Councillors Willie Robertson (Liberal Democrats) and Richard Watters (SNP) were re-elected. Neil Freshwater (Conservative) was elected for the first time. Former Councillor Dave Cuthbert (Independent) is back representing Kinross-shire after being elected. There was no change in political representation from the 2017 election, remaining one SNP, one Liberal Democrat, one Conservative and one Independent.

Kinross-shire - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
SNP Richard Watters (incumbent) 25.47% 1,638            
Liberal Democrats Willie Robertson (incumbent) 20.93% 1,346            
Conservative Neil Freshwater 14.88% 957 960.36 964.83 972.05 1,011.17 1,029.04 1,876.66
Conservative George Stirling 14.38% 925 932.38 940.8 948.93 972.28 986.49  
Independent Dave Cuthbert 11.27% 725 778.48 799.65 816.81 964.15 1,251.98 1,302.66
Labour Graham Cox 6.81% 438 487 496.65 504.18      
Green Pat Doran 5.15% 331 517.84 525.9 532 658.81    
Scottish Family Gerald O'Connell 0.81% 52 58.04 58.66        
Electorate: 11,806   Valid: 6,432   Quota: 1,287   Turnout: 55.1%  

Almond and Earn (Ward 9)

Deputy Provost and incumbent Councillor Kathleen Baird (Conservative) stood down at this election. Incumbent Councillors David Illingworth (Conservative) and Frank Smith (Conservative) were re-elected. Unlike 2017, the SNP only stood one candidate and Michelle Frampton was elected for the first time. There was no change in political representation from the 2017 election, remaining two Conservatives and one SNP.

Almond & Earn - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
SNP Michelle Frampton 33.81% 1,339        
Conservative David Illingworth (incumbent) 27.93% 1,106        
Conservative Frank Smith (incumbent) 20.35% 806 817.44 916.73 933.271 1,035.53
Liberal Democrats Tina Ng-A-Mann 8.76% 347 397.94 404.7 424.22  
Green Paul Vallot 7.88% 312 503.28 505.15 521.61 683.39
UKIP Lynda Davis 1.26% 50 63.77 64.71    
Electorate: 7,985   Valid: 3,960   Quota: 991   Turnout: 50.2%  

Perth City South (Ward 10)

Incumbent Councillors Liz Barrett (Liberal Democrats) and Sheila McCole (SNP) were re-elected. Andy Chan (Conservative) and Iain Macpherson (SNP) were elected for the first time. There was no change in political representation from the 2017 election, remaining two SNP, one Liberal Democrat and one Conservative.

Perth City South - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Liberal Democrats Liz Barrett (incumbent) 33.88% 2,315            
SNP Iain Macpherson 20.15% 1,377            
Conservative Andy Chan 16.84% 1,151 1,419.22          
SNP Sheila McCole (incumbent) 13.49% 922 1,044.85 1,046.23 1,055.39 1,243.90 1,257.02 1,489.86
Conservative Calum Milne 5.91% 404 483.85 524.41 524.44 542.62    
Labour Kirsten Roper 5.63% 385 547.57 550.3 550.5 652.11 795.49  
Green Elspeth McLachlan 4.08% 279 411.27 412.53 412.86      
Electorate: 13,427   Valid: 6,833   Quota: 1,367   Turnout: 51.6%  

Perth City North (Ward 11)

Incumbent Councillors Ian Massie (SNP) and John Rebbeck (SNP) were re-elected. Incumbent Councillor Harry Coates (Conservative) stood down at this election and Brian Leishman (Labour) won the 3rd seat over the conservative candidate, Aziz Rehman. The political representation is now two SNP and one Labour.

Perth City North - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
SNP Ian Massie (incumbent) 32.66% 1,129            
SNP John Rebbeck (incumbent) 22.53% 779 997.63          
Conservative Aziz Rehman 19.58% 677 678.17 680.22 685.32 715.45 733.13  
Labour Brian Leishman 15.33% 530 539.12 560.19 570.98 639.01 735.77 1,091.10
Liberal Democrats James Graham 4.25% 147 148.40 156.76 170.05      
Green Ronnie McNeil 3.47% 120 131.93 170.87 198.72 228.03    
Alba Alan Black 2.17% 75 79.21 94.65        
Electorate: 9,041   Valid: 3,457   Quota: 865   Turnout: 39.3%  

Perth City Centre (Ward 12)

Incumbent Councillors Chris Ahern (Conservative), Peter Barrett (Liberal Democrats), Eric Drysdale (SNP) and Andrew Parrott (SNP) were all re-elected. There was no change in political representation from the 2017 election, remaining two SNP, one Conservative and one Liberal Democrat.

Perth City Centre - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
SNP Eric Drysdale (incumbent) 27.49% 1,445              
Liberal Democrats Peter Barrett (incumbent) 19.75% 1,038 1,051.6 1,056.41          
Conservative Chris Ahern (incumbent) 19.12% 1,005 1,008.26 1,009.26 1,010.19 1,026.22 1,037.52 1,042.48 1,328
SNP Andrew Parrott (incumbent) 12.46% 655 979.46 1,006.45 1,007.02 1,013.84 1,174.36    
Labour Scott Forsyth 8.28% 435 449.41 453.96 454.96 472.29 543.09 576.67 581.87
Conservative Nick Tulloch 5.69% 299 299.54 299.54 299.87 305.89 312.92 314.49  
Green Susannah Rae 5.1% 268 282.41 284.96 285.51 294.35      
Independent Ian Thomson 1.28% 64 66.45 74.45 74.71        
Alba Sandy Miller 0.91% 48 53.71            
Electorate: 12,856   Valid: 5,257   Quota: 1,052   Turnout: 41.8%  

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