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Overall 2022 Result

Council-Wide Results

A bit of a surprise from South Ayrshire this year, as the SNP took a narrow lead in votes. This is the first time the Conservatives, who experienced a chunky negative swing, haven’t been the most popular party since STV was introduced. That didn’t lead to any more SNP seats however, as they remained on 9. The Conservatives therefore still ended up the largest party on the council, though with a net loss of two seats leaving them with 10.

Similar to the SNP, although Labour made small gains in votes, they didn’t get any more councillors across the line, still on the same 5 as previously. The Conservative losses thus went directly to Independents, with two more elected this time, for a bloc of 4. One of those, Hugh Hunter in Prestwick, had served as a Conservative councillor for 22 years but wasn’t reselected by his party. He then went on to win almost as many votes as the Conservatives did! As with all Ayrshire councils, only very minor presence from the smaller parties. Notably this is one of only two council areas the Greens didn’t stand any candidates at all.

Administration

After the election, and contrary to initial reports, a Conservative minority administration was formed. The administration also received the support of two Independents, Hugh Hunter and Bob Shields, though it does not appear they will form part of it.

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Overview

As with its northern counterpart, this one is a simple renaming of what was an existing 70’s reform District, in this case Kyle and Carrick. In addition to Ayr itself, and the beach almost every wean in the west of Scotland is familiar with, the council includes the neighbouring towns of Prestwick and Troon to the north. The Carrick portion is much larger and much more rural, with the main population centres at Girvan and Maybole. Ayr and its attendant towns have historically been notably more affluent than the rest of the county, though by no means universally so.

The relative affluence of the urban core of this area was reflected in the consistent election of Conservative MPs to Westminster for various iterations of the Ayr constituency until Labour finally won it in 1997. However, the Holyrood equivalent would become the first constituency the Conservatives ever won for that parliament, gaining it at the first ever by-election in 2000. The SNP gained the Carrick-inclusive Holyrood constituency in 2011 and the Westminster seats in 2015. They lost the one covering the bulk of the area to the Conservatives in 2017 then regained it in 2019, and in 2021 picked up Ayr itself in the Scottish Parliament.

Turning to the old District council, it had solid Conservative majorities for the first two elections, then they traded off with Labour each election for the following four. Labour then won the first two for the rebranded South Ayrshire, and the final FPTP vote saw a straight tie between the two. This area was such a Labour-Conservative battleground that, in the absence of PR, only two of the nine elections elected any councillors from outwith those two parties.

Previous STV Elections

2007
2012
2017

Individual Ward Results

Troon (Ward 1)

Councillors and Key Stats

4 Councillors, in order elected:
🟑SNP: Craig MacKay
πŸ”΄Labour: Philip Saxton
πŸ”΅Conservative: Bob Pollock
πŸ”΅Conservative: Kenneth Bell
Change vs 2017: No change
Turnout: 54.6%
Electorate: 13025
Valid: 6979 (98.2%)
Spoiled: 128 (1.8%)
Quota: 1396

Candidates

πŸ”΅Conservative: Kenneth Bell
🟠Lib Dem: Judith Godden
πŸ”΅Conservative: Rose Hall
βšͺIndependent: Linda Lunan
🟑SNP: Craig MacKay
🟑SNP: Annie McIndoe
πŸ”΅Conservative: Bob Pollock
πŸ”΄Labour: Philip Saxton

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

Prestwick (Ward 2)

Councillors and Key Stats

4 Councillors, in order elected:
🟑SNP: Ian Cochrane
βšͺIndependent: Hugh Hunter
πŸ”΅Conservative: Martin Kilbride
πŸ”΄Labour: Cameron Ramsay
Change vs 2017: +1 Independent, -1 Conservative (Hugh Hunter elected as Conservative in 2017)
Turnout: 54.0%
Electorate: 12507
Valid: 6642 (98.4%)
Spoiled: 107 (1.6%)
Quota: 1329

Candidates

⚫Alba: John Caddis
🟑SNP: Ian Cochrane
βšͺIndependent: Hugh Hunter
πŸ”΅Conservative: Martin Kilbride
πŸ”΅Conservative: Owen North
πŸ”΄Labour: Cameron Ramsay
🟑SNP: Norrie Smith
πŸ”΅Conservative: Derek Stillie

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

Ayr North (Ward 3)

Councillors and Key Stats

4 Councillors, in order elected:
🟑SNP: Laura Brennan-Whitefield
πŸ”΄Labour: Ian Cavana
🟑SNP: Mark Dixon
πŸ”΅Conservative: Ian Davis
Change vs 2017: No change
Turnout: 39.2%
Electorate: 12973
Valid: 4921 (96.7%)
Spoiled: 166 (3.3%)
Quota: 985

Candidates

🟑SNP: Laura Brennan-Whitefield
πŸ”΄Labour: Ian Cavana
πŸ”΅Conservative: Ian Davis
🟑SNP: Mark Dixon
🟠Lib Dem: Mason Graham
πŸ”΅Conservative: David Paterson
βšͺIndependent: Andrew Russell
⚫Alba: Denise Sommerville

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

Ayr East (Ward 4)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
🟑SNP: Chris Cullen
πŸ”΅Conservative: Mary Kilpatrick
πŸ”΄Labour: Brian McGinley
Change vs 2017: No change
Electorate: 10276
Turnout: 49.0%
Valid: 4936 (98.1%)
Spoiled: 95 (1.9%)
Quota: 1235

Candidates

βšͺIndependent: Chic Brodie
βšͺIndependent: Andrew Bryden
🟑SNP: Chris Cullen
🟑SNP: Ian Douglas
🟠Lib Dem: Deirdre Kennedy
πŸ”΅Conservative: Mary Kilpatrick
πŸ”΅Conservative: Alan Lamont
πŸ”΄Labour: Brian McGinley
βšͺIndependent: David Ramsay

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

Ayr West (Ward 5)

Councillors and Key Stats

4 Councillors, in order elected:
πŸ”΅Conservative: Martin Dowey
βšͺIndependent: Bob Shields
🟑SNP: George Weir
πŸ”΅Conservative: Lee Lyons
Change vs 2017: +1 Independent, -1 Conservative
Turnout: 58.5%
Electorate: 14541
Valid: 8369 (98.4%)
Spoiled: 133 (1.6%)
Quota: 1674

Candidates

🟣Family: Gordon Bryce
πŸ”΅Conservative: Martin Dowey
πŸ”΄Labour: John Duncan
πŸ”΅Conservative: Lee Lyons
πŸ”΅Conservative: Derek McCabe
🟠Lib Dem: Jamie Ross
βšͺIndependent: Bob Shields
🟑SNP: George Weir
🟑SNP: Margaret Weir

Ayr West: First Preferences
Ayr West: Transfers
Ayr West: Results by Polling District
Ayr West: Second Preferences
Ayr West: Two-Candidate Preferred
Ayr West: Two-Party Preferred

Kyle (Ward 6)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
🟑SNP: Julie Dettbarn
πŸ”΄Labour: Duncan Townson
πŸ”΅Conservative: Stephen Ferry
Change vs 2017: No change
Turnout: 45.9%
Electorate: 10625
Valid: 4820 (98.8%)
Spoiled: 57 (1.2%)
Quota: 1206

Candidates

🟠Lib Dem: John Aitken
⚫Alba: Geoff Bush
🟑SNP: Julie Dettbarn
πŸ”΅Conservative: Stephen Ferry
πŸ”΅Conservative: Arthur Spurling
πŸ”΄Labour: Duncan Townson

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

Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton (Ward 7)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
🟑SNP: William Grant
πŸ”΅Conservative: Iain Campbell
βšͺIndependent: Brian Connolly
Change vs 2017: No change
Turnout: 46.8%
Electorate: 9316
Valid: 4282 (98.3%)
Spoiled: 74 (1.7%)
Quota: 1071

Candidates

πŸ”΅Conservative: Iain Campbell
βšͺIndependent: Brian Connolly
🟑SNP: William Grant
πŸ”΅Conservative: Laura McEwan
🟠Lib Dem: Stephen Ralph
πŸ”΄Labour: Nicola Saxton

Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton: First Preferences
Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton: Transfers
Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton: Results by Polling District
Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton: Second Preferences
Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton: Two-Candidate Preferred

Girvan and South Carrick (Ward 8)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
βšͺIndependent: Alec Clark
🟑SNP: Peter Henderson
πŸ”΅Conservative: Gavin Scott
Change vs 2017: No change
Turnout: 46.7%
Electorate: 8849
Valid: 4056 (98.2%)
Spoiled: 75 (1.8%)
Quota: 1015

Candidates

βšͺIndependent: Alec Clark
πŸ”΄Labour: Aaron Gilpin
🟑SNP: Peter Henderson
πŸ”΅Conservative: Linda Kane
βšͺIndependent: Todor Radic
πŸ”΅Conservative: Gavin Scott
⚫Alba: Eileen Spence

Girvan and South Carrick: First Preferences
Girvan and South Carrick: Transfers
Girvan and South Carrick: Results by Polling District
Girvan and South Carrick: Second Preferences
Girvan and South Carrick: Two-Candidate Preferred
Girvan and South Carrick: Two-Party Preferred

Data Notes

By-Elections

Girvan and South Carrick (Ward 8) - 21st of September 2023

Councillors and Key Stats

1 Councillor Elected:
πŸ”΅Conservative: Alan Lamont
Change vs 2022 (notional): Conservative gain from SNP
Change vs vacating: Conservative gain from SNP
Turnout: 32.4% (-14.3)
Electorate: TBC
Valid: 2770 (98.1%)
Spoiled: 32 (1.1%)
Quota: 1386
2 Continuing Councillors:
βšͺIndependent: Alec Clark
πŸ”΅Conservative: Gavin Scott

Candidates

πŸ”΅Conservative: Alan Lamont
🟑SNP: Joseph McLaughlin
🟠Lib Dem: Jamie Ross
πŸ”΄Labour: Nicola Saxton
⚫Alba: Denise Sommerville

Girvan and South Carrick By-Election: Context

SNP councillor Peter Henderson announced his retirement for health reasons in June 2023, triggering a by-election for September. Note that as this by-election was counted by hand, no detailed data is available.
Read the BBS pre-election preview here.
Read the BBS results analysis here.

Girvan and South Carrick By-Election: First Preferences
Girvan and South Carrick By-Election: Transfers
Girvan and South Carrick By-Election: Two-Candidate Preferred