Newsnet Scotland local government update

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Upcoming local by-elections

Falkirk Council. Bo’ness and Blackness ward on 9 June. Death of Scottish National Party councillor John Constable.   

Highland Council. Tain and Easter Ross ward on 9 June. Death of Alan Torrance who was elected as an Independent but had joined the Scottish National Party group.

Dumfries and Galloway Council. Abbey ward on 16 June. Resignation of Conservative Party councillor Michael Thomson.  

Aberdeen Council. Airyhall/Broomhill/Garthdee ward on 23 June. Caused by the resignation of Scott Cassie who was elected as a Liberal Democrat but sat as an Independent after being charged with fraud.

Recent by-elections

Aberdeen Council 19 May 2011 Dyce, Bucksburn and Danestone ward

Neil MacGregor, Scottish National Party        2090 (elected at stage 1)
Graeme Lawrence, Labour Party                 941
Kristian Chapman, Liberal Democrats            446
Ross Thomson, Conservative                      352
Angela Joss, Independent                         150
Rhonda Reekie, Scottish Green Party           88  

SNP gain from the Liberal Democrats.  


Highland Council 7 April 2011 Wick ward

Gail Ross, Scottish National Party               1049 (elected at stage 3)  
Neil MacDonald, Labour Party                    463
Niall Smith, Independent                          245  
Claire Clark, Liberal Democrat                     236
Jim Oag, Independent                             202
Laurel Bush, Independent                        75
Michael Carr, Independent                        33

SNP gain from Independent.

Councillors elected to Holyrood

SNP  
Kevin Stewart – Aberdeen Central
Colin Keir – Edinburgh Western
Angus MacDonald – Falkirk East
James Dornan – Glasgow Cathcart
David Torrance – Kirkcaldy
Colin Beattie – Midlothian North & Mussleburgh
George Adam – Paisley
Dererk Mackay – Renfrewshire North & West
Bill Walker – Dunfermline
Richard Lyle – Central list
Clare Adamson – Central list
John Finnie – Highland list
Jean Urquhart – Highland list
Mark McDonald – North East list

Labour
John Pentland – Motherwell & Wishaw –  
Mark Griffen – Central list
Anne McTaggart – Glasgow list
Hanzala Malik – Glasgow list
Neil Findlay – Lothian list
Neil Bibby – West of Scotland list
Mary Fee – West of Scotland list
Margaret McDougall – West of Scotland list

Liberal Democrat
Jim Hume – South of Scotland list

Green
Alison Johnstone – Lothian list

Recent defections

Renfrewshire Council.  Two councillors elected as Liberal Democrats have joined the Scottish National Party. They are Marie McGurk (Paisley South ward) and Mike Dillon (Paisley North West ward).