Contents

Overall 2022 Result
Overview
Past Results
Individual Ward Results (TBC):

Overall 2022 Result

Council-Wide Results

A real odd duck of a result in North Ayrshire. This is the first (and so far only) council in Scotland to have single-member or five-member wards, which may have contributed. The SNP made small gains, picking up roughly an extra percentage point, plus one more councillor, reaching a total of 12. Bucking national trends, Labour lost both votes and two seats, reducing them to 9. Despite their own losses and placing third in vote share, the Conservatives made three gains, to end up with 10 councillors.

Although all of 2017’s Independents were re-standing, only two were re-elected, as the other two lost huge chunks of their vote. In keeping with Ayrshire trends, a very minimal impact for the smaller parties here. This was where they collectively achieved the highest share out of the three councils, but at a total of 5% between them, it’s not much! The Greens may have managed a half-decent overall share if they’d stood in more, as that share for 3 wards beat the Lib Dems across 6. 

Administration

After the election, an SNP minority administration was formed.

Interactive Map

Overview

Although the name may seem self-explanatory, North Ayrshire is unique amongst Central Belt council areas for including major inhabited islands in the form of Arran and Cumbrae. These were historically in the Clyde islands county of Buteshire, before being aligned with Ayrshire (and split from Bute) in the 70’s. That has given a real mix of communities, from the industrialised new town of Irvine, to the popular resort town of Largs, and the dispersed island communities on Arran.

Historically, this was a bit more Conservative leaning in the north around Largs, whereas the southern portion around Irvine went Labour – it wouldn’t be until 1987 that Labour held both the Westminster seats. At the Scottish Parliament both seats started out with Labour, until the SNP very narrowly won the northern half in 2007, before more securely holding both from 2011. Westminster success would follow in their 2015 landslide, with both constituencies covering the area remaining SNP since.

In the previous local government arrangements, the area went by the name of Cunninghame, which is preserved in the Scottish Parliament constituencies. Though usually dominated by Labour, this was one of the districts where the SNP won a lead, but no majority, in 1977. Otherwise the largest opposition bloc for most of the period were the Conservatives, though in common with the rest of Scotland they withered somewhat by the time the rebranded unitary North Ayrshire arrived in the 90’s, which was consistently majority Labour in the FPTP era.

Previous STV Elections

2007
2012
2017