2022 South Ayrshire Council election
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All 28 seats to South Ayrshire Council
15 seats needed for a majority
Registered92,112
Turnout49.7%
  First party Second party
 
Leader Martin Dowey Peter Heanderson
Party Conservative SNP
Leader's seat Ayr West Girvan and South Carrick
Last election 12 seats, 43.4% 9 seats, 30.2%
Seats before 11 9
Seats won 10 9
Seat change Decrease 2 Steady
Popular vote 14,520 14,838
Percentage 33.3% 34.1%
Swing Decrease 10.1% Increase 3.9%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Brian McGinley N/A
Party Labour Independent
Leader's seat Ayr East N/A
Last election 5 seats, 15.2% 2 seats, 10.7%
Seats before 5 3
Seats won 5 4
Seat change Steady Increase 2
Popular vote 7,276 5,313
Percentage 16.7% 12.2%
Swing Increase 1.5% Increase 1.5%

Council Leader before election

Peter Heanderson
SNP

Council Leader after election

Martin Dowey
Conservative

Elections to South Ayrshire Council took place on 5 May 2022 on the same day as the 31 other Scottish local government elections. The election used the eight wards created following the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland's fifth review, with 28 councillors elected. Each ward elected either three or four members, using the STV electoral system.

Despite shedding almost a quarter of their vote, the Conservatives retained their position as the largest party returning 10 councillors - two less than in the previous election. Both the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Labour made no gains or losses to remain as the second and third parties respectively. The number of independents returned increased from two to four.

Following the election the Conservatives formed a minority administration, replacing the previous SNP-Labour-Independent administration which was formed as a result of the previous election in 2017.

Background

Previous election

Main article: 2017 South Ayrshire Council election

At the previous election in 2017, the Conservatives won the most seats returning 12 councillors. The Scottish National Party (SNP) maintained their position as the second-largest party while boundary changes saw Labour lose out as they lost four seats to return five councillors. Two independents were also returned.[1]

Party Seats Vote share
Conservatives 12 43.4%
SNP 9 30.2%
Labour 5 15.2%
Independent 2 10.7%

Composition

There was one change to the composition of the council following the previous election in 2017. Conservative councillor Hugh Hunter was de-selected in the run-up to the 2022 elections and resigned from the party to stand as an independent.[2][3]

Party 2017 result Dissolution
Conservative 12 11
SNP 9 9
Labour 5 5
Independents 2 3

Retiring Councillors

Council Ward Party Departing Councillor
Troon Conservative Peter Convery
Prestwick Conservative Margaret Toner
Labour Helen Moonie
Ayr North SNP Douglas Campbell
Ayr West SNP Siobhian Brown
Kyle Labour Andy Campbell
Girvan and South Carrick Conservative Ian Fitzsimmons

Candidates

The total number of candidates increased from 45 in 2017 to 61 mainly due to the increased number of parties contesting the election. Unlike the previous vote, the Conservatives fielded the highest number of candidates at 19 – seven more than they had in 2017. Both the SNP and Labour also fielded at least one candidate in every ward but the 13 candidates fielded by the SNP and the eight fielded by Labour was one less than in 2017. The Liberal Democrats named six candidates in this election after fielding none in South Ayrshire in 2017. The number of independent candidates increased from nine in 2017 to 10 but the Greens did not contest the election as they did five years previous. Both the Scottish Family Party and the Alba Party fielded their first ever candidates in a South Ayrshire election.[4]

Results

2022 South Ayrshire Council election
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 10 0 2 Decrease 2 35.7 33.3 14,520 Decrease 10.1
  SNP 9 0 0 Steady 32.1 34.1 14,838 Increase 3.9
  Labour 5 0 0 Steady 17.8 16.7 7,276 Increase 1.5
  Independent 4 2 0 Increase 2 14.2 12.2 5,313 Increase 1.5
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 Steady 0 2.6 1,158 New
  Alba 0 0 0 Steady 0 0.6 275 New
  Scottish Family 0 0 0 Steady 0 0.2 108 New
Total 28 43,488

Ward summary

Results of the 2022 South Ayrshire Council election
by ward
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
Conservative SNP Lab Ind Others
Troon 37.3 2 35.8 1 19.2 1 2.8 0 4.7 0 4
Prestwick 25.4 1 34.7 1 15.3 1 23.2 1 1.1 0 4
Ayr North 20.5 1 45.8 2 24.0 1 6.2 0 3.2 0 4
Ayr East 29.9 1 39.1 1 16.4 1 12.0 0 2.2 0 3
Ayr West 39.5 2 21.8 1 10.9 0 22.8 1 4.8 0 4
Kyle 36.7 1 33.9 1 23.0 1 6.3 0 3
Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton 35.4 1 31.9 1 12.4 0 17.6 1 2.4 0 3
Girvan and South Carrick 28.0 1 23.5 1 8.3 0 37.1 1 1.1 0 3
Total 33.3 10 34.1 9 16.7 5 12.2 4 3.5 0 28

Ward results

Troon

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

Troon - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
SNP Craig MacKay (incumbent) 23.0 1,607              
Labour Philip Saxton (incumbent) 19.2 1,342 1,352 1,405          
Conservative Bob Pollock (incumbent) 16.2 1,131 1,134 1,146 1,147 1,209 1,463    
Conservative Kenneth Bell 14.5 1,015 1,016 1,029 1,029 1,074 1,275 1,335 1,497
SNP Annie McIndoe 12.8 898 1,080 1,120 1,122 1,184 1,192 1,193  
Conservative Rose Hall 6.5 459 459 466 466 496      
Liberal Democrats Judith Godden 4.7 329 333 373 376        
Independent Linda Lunan 2.8 198 200            
Electorate: 13,025   Valid: 6,979   Spoilt: 128   Quota: 1,396   Turnout: 54.6%  

Source: [5][6]

Prestwick

The Conservatives held one of the two seats they won at the previous election and lost one to independent candidate Hugh Hunter while the SNP and Labour retained the seats they had won at the previous election. In 2017, Hugh Hunter was elected as a Conservative candidate.

Prestwick - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
SNP Ian Cochrane (incumbent) 25.5 1,685              
Independent Hugh Hunter (incumbent) 23.2 1,544              
Conservative Martin Kilbride 17.0 1,132 1,135 1,195 1,236 1,239 1,726    
Labour Cameron Ramsay 15.3 1,020 1,038 1,077 1,086 1,100 1,114 1,181 1,591
SNP Norrie Smith 9.2 614 928 955 958 995 997 1,002  
Conservative Derek Stillie 7.3 488 488 516 539 544      
Alba John Caddis 1.1 78 84 90 91        
Conservative Owen Daniel North 1.0 71 72 79          
Electorate: 12,507   Valid: 6,642   Spoilt: 107   Quota: 1,329   Turnout: 54.0%  

Source: [7][8]

Ayr North

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

Ayr North - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
SNP Laura Brennan-Whitefield (incumbent) 38.8 1,913            
Labour Ian Cavana (incumbent) 24.0 1,185            
Conservative Ian Davis (incumbent) 13.7 675 687 715 719 723 745 1,046
SNP Mark Dixon 6.9 344 1,143          
Conservative David Paterson 6.8 336 341 349 352 354 367  
Independent Andrew Russell 6.2 309 326 346 365 403 462 481
Liberal Democrats Mason Graham 1.6 80 90 137 156 172    
Alba Denise Sommerville 1.6 79 90 94 124      
Electorate: 12,973   Valid: 4,921   Spoilt: 166   Quota: 985   Turnout: 39.2%  

Source: [9][10]

Ayr East

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

Ayr East - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
SNP Chris Cullen (incumbent) 27.8 1,377                
Conservative Mary Kilpatrick (incumbent) 19.4 959 960 980 1,003 1,024 1,068 1,565    
Labour Brian McGinley (incumbent) 16.4 814 820 860 888 919 992 1,021 1,108 1,408
SNP Ian Douglas 11.2 556 676 684 703 727 779 783 791  
Conservative Alan Lamont 10.5 520 520 525 545 560 584      
Independent Chic Brodie 4.7 232 233 236 268 364        
Independent Andrew Bryden 3.7 185 187 204 245          
Independent David John Ramsay 3.6 180 181 189            
Liberal Democrats Deirdre Kennedy 2.2 113 114              
Electorate: 10,276   Valid: 4,936   Spoilt: 95   Quota: 1,235   Turnout: 49.0%  

Source: [11][12]

Ayr West

The Conservatives retained two of the three seats they won at the previous election and lost one to independent candidate Bob Shields while the SNP retained their only seat.

Ayr West - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Conservative Martin Dowey (incumbent) 27.1 2,271                
Independent Bob Shields 22.8 1,909                
SNP George Weir 14.5 1,217 1,218 1,237 1,252 1,275 1,282 1,870    
Labour John Duncan 10.9 915 930 961 981 1,117 1,140 1,165 1,247  
Conservative Lee Lyons (incumbent) 8.3 699 1,113 1,164 1,199 1,235 1,646 1,649 1,652 1,893
SNP Margaret Weir 7.3 614 614 624 628 653 655      
Conservative Derek McCabe (incumbent) 4.0 341 465 503 515 548        
Liberal Democrats Jamie Ross 3.5 295 305 341 349          
Scottish Family Gordon Hawley Bryce 1.2 108 111 118            
Electorate: 14,541   Valid: 8,369   Spoilt: 133   Quota: 1,674   Turnout: 58.5%  

Source: [13][14]

Kyle

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

Kyle - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
SNP Julie Dettbarn (incumbent) 33.9 1,635          
Labour Duncan Townson 23.0 1,110 1,236        
Conservative Stephen Ferry 19.8 955 964 967 971 1,072 1,836
Conservative Arthur Spurling (incumbent) 16.8 814 823 826 830 879  
Liberal Democrats John Aitken 4.8 235 288 299 365    
Alba Geoff Bush 1.4 71 154 156      
Electorate: 10,625   Valid: 4,820   Spoilt: 57   Quota: 1,206   Turnout: 45.9%  

Source: [15][16]

Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton

The SNP, the Conservatives and independent candidate Brian Connolly retained the seats they won at the previous election.

Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
SNP William James Grant (incumbent) 31.9 1,370          
Conservative Ian Campbell (incumbent) 20.9 895 903 914 1,435    
Independent Brian Connolly (incumbent) 17.6 756 857 892 920 1,043 1,402
Conservative Laura McEwan 14.5 623 629 635      
Labour Nicola Saxton 12.4 532 598 651 690 752  
Liberal Democrats Stephen Ralph 2.4 106 130        
Electorate: 9,316   Valid: 4,282   Spoilt: 74   Quota: 1,071   Turnout: 46.8%  

Source: [17][18]

Girvan and South Carrick

Independent candidate Alec Clark, the SNP and the Conservatives held the seats they won at the previous election.

Girvan and South Carrick - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Independent Alec Clark (incumbent) 31.4 1,277            
SNP Peter Henderson (incumbent) 24.8 1,008 1,071          
Conservative Gavin Scott 14.1 573 600 601 607 684 753 1,371
Conservative Linda Kane 13.8 563 591 592 594 620 734  
Labour Aaron Gilpin 8.8 358 398 410 423 508    
Independent Todor Joseph Radic 5.6 230 286 296 321      
Alba Eileen Spence 1.1 47 51 61        
Electorate: 8,849   Valid: 4,056   Spoilt: 75   Quota: 1,015   Turnout: 46.7%  

Source: [19][20]

Aftermath

It had initially been expected that the ruling SNP-Labour-Independent administration would continue to run the council however discussions broke down between the parties amid claims of a "political stitch-up" from Labour. As a result, the SNP planned to run the council as a minority administration on a "collaboration and consensus basis".[21] However, the Conservative group formed a minority administration and took control of the council.[22]

References

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  3. ^ Wilson, Stuart (13 February 2022). "Former South Ayrshire Conservative councillor Hugh Hunter confirms Independent bid for May election". Daily Record. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
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  7. ^ "Declaration of Results Report Ward 2 Prestwick" (PDF). South Ayrshire Council. 6 May 2022. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
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  15. ^ "Declaration of Results Report Ward 6 Kyle" (PDF). South Ayrshire Council. 6 May 2022. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
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  17. ^ "Declaration of Results Report Ward 7 Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton" (PDF). South Ayrshire Council. 6 May 2022. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
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  22. ^ Wilson, Stuart (19 May 2022). "BREAKING: Tories take control of South Ayrshire Council". Daily Record. Retrieved 19 May 2022.