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Overall 2022 Result

Council-Wide Results

As in neighbouring Highland, the steady politicisation of a formerly Independent-dominated council continued apace, with the SNP winning the most votes for the first time. The seat gap also widened substantially, with the SNP up one to 12, and combined Independents down three to 7. Despite a reduced vote share, that also gave space for the Conservatives to elect an additional councillor, for a total of 10.

Contrary to some of their other historic strongholds, no sign of a Lib Dem recovery here. They fell backwards in both vote share and dropped a seat to finish with 5. It was also a relatively good day for Labour and the Greens, both of whom gained a seat. For the Greens that is of course their first in the area, whereas for Labour it’s the first at a full election since 1999, though they did make a by-election gain in 2014.

Administration

After the election, a coalition between Conservative, Lib Dem and Independent councillors was formed. Four Independents – Kieron Green, Andrew Kaine, John McAlpine and Liz McCabe – have joined the administration, whilst the other three remain outside it.

Interactive Map

Overview

Argyll and Bute is a bit Frankenstein’s monster, if I’m being honest with you. The core of this council area is (most of) the historic county of Argyll, a vast stretch of rural and island Scotland centred on Lochgilphead but with the main population centre at Oban. It also includes the island of Bute, drawn from what was Buteshire. Together, these formed the Argyll and Bute district of the Strathclyde region under the previous structures, bolting a big chunk of the geographical highlands onto Glasgow. When boundaries were redrawn for unitary councils in the 90’s, the Helensburgh and Lomond portion of Dunbartonshire was drawn in, so it was a bit of the Central Belt in the position of “odd, ill-fitting appendage”. 

The bulk of this area was Conservative throughout much of the 20th century, though the SNP won the Argyll seat in both of the 1974 elections. Starting in the late 80’s, in line with the rest of the Highlands, it became a Lib Dem seat. In 2007 the SNP relieved them of the Holyrood equivalent, though they’d have to wait until 2015 to complete the set in both parliaments. Helensburgh and Lomond remain tied to Dumbarton for the Scottish Parliament, and thus have one of just two remaining Labour constituency MSPs.

In the old district, Independents were consistently dominant, winning a majority of seats at every election, a trend that continued for all FPTP elections in the current council. Throughout that period the SNP and Conservatives both tended to have a handful of councillors and Labour one or two. In the later years, the Lib Dems also grew into a substantial group, particularly by 2003 when they outnumbered all other party-affiliated councillors.

Previous STV Elections

2007
2012
2017

South Kintyre (Ward 1)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
Independent: Donald Kelly
🟡SNP: John Armour
🔵Conservative: Tommy MacPherson
Change vs 2017: +1 Independent, -1 Lib Dem (Independent was previously the Conservative councillor)
Electorate: 5123
Turnout: 46.9%
Valid: 2358 (98.0%)
Spoiled: 47 (2.0%)
Quota: 1129

Candidates

🟡SNP: John Armour
🟠Lib Dem: Rory Colville
Independent: Donald Kelly
🔵Conservative: Tommy MacPherson

South Kintyre: First Preferences
South Kintyre: Transfers
South Kintyre: Results by Polling District
South Kintyre: Second Preferences
South Kintyre: Two-Candidate Preferred
South Kintyre: Two-Party Preferred

Kintyre and the Islands (Ward 2)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
🟡SNP: Dougie McFadzean
Independent: John McAlpine
🟠Lib Dem: Robin Curie
Change vs 2017: +1 Independent, -1 Conservative
Turnout: 55.0%
Electorate: 5337
Valid: 2889 (98.3%)
Spoiled: 49 (1.7%)
Quota: 723

Candidates

🟠Lib Dem: Robin Currie
🔴Labour: Jane Kelly
Independent: John McAlpine
🟡SNP: Dougie McFadzean
🔵Conservative: Alec McNeilly
Independent: Alastair Redman

Kintyre and the Islands: First Preferences
Kintyre and the Islands: Transfers
Kintyre and the Islands: Results by Polling District
Kintyre and the Islands: Second Preferences
Kintyre and the Islands: Two-Candidate Preferred
Kintyre and the Islands: Two-Party Preferred

Mid Argyll (Ward 3)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
Independent: Douglas Philand
🟡SNP: Jan Brown
🔵Conservative: Garret Corner
Change vs 2017: +1 Conservative, -1 Independent (Donnie MacMillan)
Turnout: 52.0%
Electorate: 6222
Valid: 3197 (98.9%)
Spoiled: 37 (1.1%)
Quota: 800

Candidates

Independent: Abisola Adepetun
🟠Lib Dem: David Barton
🟡SNP: Jan Brown
🔴Labour: Lesley Burt
Independent: Andy Cameron
🔵Conservative: Garret Corner
Independent: Donnie MacMillan
Independent: Douglas Philand
🟤Independence for Scotland: Ross Weir

Mid Argyll: First Preferences
Mid Argyll: Transfers
Mid Argyll: Results by Polling District
Mid Argyll: Second Preferences
Mid Argyll: Two-Candidate Preferred
Mid Argyll: Two-Party Preferred

Oban South and the Isles (Ward 4)

Councillors and Key Stats

4 Councillors, in order elected:
🟡SNP: Jim Lynch
🟡SNP: Willie Hume
🔵Conservative: Amanda Hampsey
Independent: Andrew Kain
Change vs 2017: +1 SNP, -1 Independent (Roddy McCuish and Mary-Jean Devon retired)
Electorate: 8092
Turnout: 45.7%
Valid: 3663 (98.3%)
Spoiled: 62 (1.7%)
Quota: 727

Candidates

🔴Labour: Gopi Ageer
🟠Lib Dem: Henry Boswell
Independent: Donnie Campbell
🔵Conservative: Amanda Hampsey
🟡SNP: Willie Hume
Independent: Andrew Kain
Independent: Colin Kennedy
🟡SNP: Jim Lynch
Independent: Jamie McGrigor
🟢Green: Phyl Meyer
Independent: John Watson

Oban South and the Isles: First Preferences
Oban South and the Isles: Transfers
Oban South and the Isles: Results by Polling District
Oban South and the Isles: Second Preferences
Oban South and the Isles: Two-Candidate Preferred
Oban South and the Isles: Two-Party Preferred

Oban North and Lorn (Ward 5)

Councillors and Key Stats

4 Councillors, in order elected:
🟡SNP: Julie McKenzie
🔵Conservative: Andrew Vennard
Independent: Kieron Green
🟢Green: Luna Martin
Change vs 2017: +1 Green, -1 Independent (Elaine Robertson retired)
Turnout: 49.3%
Electorate: 8369
Valid: 4097 (99.2%)
Spoiled: 33 (0.8%)
Quota: 820

Candidates

Independent: Linda Battison
Independent: Kyle Campbell-Renton
🟠Lib Dem: Veronica Davis
Alba: Angus Files
Independent: Kieron Green
🟢Green: Luna Martin
🟡SNP: Julie McKenzie
🔵Conservative: Andrew Vennard

Oban North and Lorn: First Preferences
Oban North and Lorn: Transfers
Oban North and Lorn: Results by Polling District
Oban North and Lorn: Second Preferences
Oban North and Lorn: Two-Candidate Preferred
Oban North and Lorn: Two-Party Preferred

Cowal (Ward 6)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
🟡SNP: Gordon Blair
🔵Conservative: Yvonne McNeilly
🟠Lib Dem: William Sinclair
Change vs 2017: No change
Turnout: 55.8%
Electorate: 5991
Valid: 3277 (98.1%)
Spoiled: 64 (1.9%)
Quota: 820

Candidates

🟡SNP: Gordon Blair
🔴Labour: Mark Feinmann
🟡SNP: Lachie MacQuarrie
🔵Conservative: Yvonne McNeilly
🟤Independence for Scotland: Fiona Nelson
🟠Lib Dem: William Sinclair
Independent: Kenneth Whyte

Cowal: First Preferences
Cowal: Transfers
Cowal: Results by Polling District
Cowal: Second Preferences
Cowal: Two-Candidate Preferred

Dunoon (Ward 7)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
🟡SNP: Audrey Forrest
🟠Lib Dem: Ross Moreland
🔵Conservative: Daniel Hampsey
Change vs 2017: +1 Lib Dem, -1 Independent (Jim Anderson retired)
Turnout: 49.7%
Electorate: 5613
Valid: 2753 (98.6%)
Spoiled: 39 (1.4%)
Quota: 689

Candidates

Independent: George Darroch
🟡SNP: Audrey Forrest
🔵Conservative: Daniel Hampsey
Independent: Gordon McKinven
🟠Lib Dem: Ross Moreland
🔴Labour: Kaitlin Wallace
🟣Family: Susan Watling

Dunoon: First Preferences
Dunoon: Transfers
Dunoon: Results by Polling District
Dunoon: Second Preferences
Dunoon: Two-Candidate Preferred

Isle of Bute (Ward 8)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
🟡SNP: Reeni Kennedy-Boyle
Independent: Liz McCabe
🔵Conservative: Peter Wallace
Change vs 2017: +1 Conservative, -1 Independent (Len Scoullar passed during previous term)
Turnout: 48.6%
Electorate: 4866
Valid: 2331 (98.6%)
Spoiled: 32 (1.4%)
Quota: 583

Candidates

Independent: Fraser Gillies
🟡SNP: Reeni Kennedy-Boyle
🔴Labour: Dawn Malcolm
Independent: Liz McCabe
🟠Lib Dem: Derek McFarlane
Alba: Robert McGowan
Independent: Jean Moffat
🟢Green: Ewan Stuart
🔵Conservative: Peter Wallace

Isle of Bute: First Preferences
Isle of Bute: Transfers
Isle of Bute: Results by Polling District
Isle of Bute: Second Preferences
Isle of Bute: Two-Candidate Preferred
Isle of Bute: Two-Party Preferred

Lomond North (Ward 9)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
🔵Conservative: Maurice Corry
🟡SNP: Shonny Paterson
Independent: Mark Irvine
Change vs 2017: No partisan change (Mark Irvine defeats George Freeman)
Turnout: 51.7%
Electorate: 6257
Valid: 3198 (98.8%)
Spoiled: 38 (1.2%)
Quota: 800

Candidates

🔵Conservative: Maurice Corry
Independent: George Freeman
Independent: Mark Irvine
Independent: Robert MacIntyre
🟠Lib Dem: Nigel Millar
🟡SNP: Shonny Paterson
🔴Labour: Watson Robinson

Lomond North: First Preferences
Lomond North: Transfers
Lomond North: Results by Polling District
Lomond North: Second Preferences
Lomond North: Two-Candidate Preferred

Helensburgh Central (Ward 10)

Councillors and Key Stats

4 Councillors, in order elected:
🔵Conservative: Gary Mulvaney
🟡SNP: Iam Macquire
🔴Labour: Fiona Howard
🟠Lib Dem: Graham Hardie
Change vs 2017: +1 Labour, -1 Lib Dem
Turnout: 51.6%
Electorate: 7759
Valid: 3947 (98.6%)
Spoiled: 55 (1.4%)
Quota: 790

Candidates

Independent: James Alexander-Robb
🟢Green: Sarah Davies
🟠Lib Dem: Graham Hardie
🔴Labour: Fiona Howard
🟡SNP: Ian Macquire
🔵Conservative: Gary Mulvaney
🔵Conservative: Alison Wilmot

Helensburgh Central: First Preferences
Helensburgh Central: Transfers
Helensburgh Central: Results by Polling District
Helensburgh Central: Second Preferences
Helensburgh Central: Two-Candidate Preferred

Helensburgh and Lomond South (Ward 11)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
🔵Conservative: Gemma Penfold
🟡SNP: Math Campbell-Sturgess
🟠Lib Dem: Paul Kennedy
Change vs 2017: No change
Electorate: 2884
Turnout: 50.4%
Valid: 2884 (98.6%)
Spoiled: 41 (1.4%)
Quota: 722

Candidates

🟡SNP: Math Campbell-Sturgess
🟢Green: Howard Green
🟠Lib Dem: Paul Kennedy
🔵Conservative: David Kinniburgh
🔵Conservative: Gemma Penfold

Helensburgh and Lomond South: First Preferences
Helensburgh and Lomond South: Transfers
Helensburgh and Lomond South: Results by Polling District
Helensburgh and Lomond South: Second Preferences
Helensburgh and Lomond South: Two-Candidate Preferred

Data Notes