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

Overall 2022 Result

Council-Wide Results

A fairly substantial growth in votes for the SNP allowed them to pick up three councillors, giving them a total of 36. Labour meanwhile were static on 32 – it’s also worth noting their vote share increase is slightly below what the “North Lanarkshire Independent Alliance” of former Labour councillors had won in 2017, as if most of that had returned to the fold, rather than direct Labour growth. A very poor result for the Conservatives saw them lose half their seats, being left with 5.

Whilst Independents held steady on 2 seats, there were two additions to the council. A relatively expected one was the British Unionist Party. They’d done very well in Fortissat in 2017, then beat the SNP in a by-election there the same year, before being bizarrely absent from a 2021 by-election. Appearing on the ballot again nigh-on guaranteed they’d actually gain this time, and they did. Astonishingly, the Greens also picked up a seat in the Stepps, Chryston and Muirhead ward. That took me by complete surprise, given North Lanarkshire is one of the Greens’ weakest areas, so fair play to their councillor there for pulling that off.

Administration

After the election, an SNP minority administration was formed. 

Interactive Map

Overview

North Lanarkshire is in many respects the archetypical Central Belt council, historically heavily industrialised, and particularly renowned for the massive steelworks at Ravenscraig in Motherwell. That heyday has long since passed but still defines the character of the area, a truly modern creation bringing together what were in the previous model the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth (historically parts of Dunbartonshire and Stirlingshire), Motherwell (and thus Wishaw) and Monklands (Coatbridge and Airdrie, basically) districts, plus the Chryston area of Strathkelvin.

As part of the historic and incredibly shaped East Dunbartonshire constituency, Cumbernauld elected a Conservative then an SNP MP in 1974’s double elections, but otherwise what is now North Lanarkshire was solidly Labour for decades. The first breach of that in recent years came with SNP success in constituencies covering Cumbernauld and Airdrie in the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, followed by them sweeping the whole area in both 2015 (UK) and 2016 (Scottish) elections. Labour briefly regained the Coatbridge and Chryston seat in 2017 before losing it again in 2019.

Mirroring SNP success in the constituency in 1974, the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Council was the SNP’s only majority controlled council that year, which they held in 1977 before losing to Labour in 1980. The other two districts were, unsurprisingly, dominated by Labour for their entire existence. When North Lanarkshire was formed in the mid-90’s, though Labour remained heavily favoured, the SNP nonetheless showed a clear base of support in Cumbernauld through the FPTP era.

Previous STV Elections

2007
2012
2017