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Overall 2022 Result

Council-Wide Results

A relatively poor election, perhaps surprisingly in the SNP’s case, for the two biggest parties here. Both lost councillors, with the SNP’s loss of one, down to 8, allowing them to take a seat lead over the Conservatives, who lost two and were left with 7. Although Labour’s overall vote didn’t change, the Conservatives did poorly enough that both of their losses went direct to Labour, giving them 6 seats.

Greens experienced a fair bit of growth in the wards they stood – muted overall gains are down to missing a full slate by two wards this time. That secured their single seat, but they missed out narrowly on the second they’d been gunning for. The council also has its first elected Independent of the STV era, a former SNP councillor in Stirling. Also a decent recovery for the Lib Dems, and although they didn’t amount to much, it’s worth noting this was the Scottish Family Party’s only full slate of candidates.

Administration

Following the election, Labour formed a minority administration. 

Interactive Map

Overview

As with many councils named for a former shire, Stirling isn’t quite a perfect reflection of the historic county. The modern Stirling council area effectively consists of the northern portion of traditional Stirlingshire, from Stirling itself in the east along through the valley of the Endrick Water south of the Forth as far as Loch Lomond, plus a large portion of what was once southwestern Perthshire most notably including Dunblane and Callander. That gives the area quite a stark contrast between the urbanised and somewhat industrialised east and the rural, farming west.

After some jostling between Unionists (precursors to the Conservatives) and Labour early in century, by the mid-30’s the Stirlingshire constituencies had settled into Labour areas. However, this likely disguised the fact the rural western portion was more strongly Conservative. When 1983 introduced boundaries based on the modern area, they’d hold the new Stirling seat until Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Forsyth was one of the Cabinet casualties in Labour’s 1997 landslide. Eventually, growing SNP strength here was evidenced by winning the Holyrood constituency in 2007, then obviously taking the Westminster equivalent in 2015. Conservative resurgence briefly turned the area blue in 2017, before losing heavily again to the SNP in 2019.

Those tight contests between the Conservatives and Labour were evident through the local elections too. The Conservatives had very narrow pluralities in the first two elections to the old district, then Labour won half the seats in the third and a majority in the fourth. The final two district elections saw both parties tied on half the seats, followed by a Labour majority in the first unitary election in 1995, a half-seat tally for Conservatives in 1999, and another Labour majority in 2003.

Previous STV Elections

2007
2012
2017

Individual Ward Results

Trossachs and Teith (Ward 1)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
🔵Conservative: Martin Earl
🟡SNP: Gene Maxwell
🔵Conservative: Elaine Watterson
Change vs 2017: No change
Turnout: 57.8%
Electorate: 9475
Valid: 5372 (98.2%)
Spoiled: 100 (1.8%)
Quota: 1344

Candidates

🔵Conservative: Martin Earl
🟢Green: Wendy Faulkner
🔴Labour: Josh Hamilton
🟣Family: Dolores Hughes
🟡SNP: Gene Maxwell
🟠Lib Dem: Galen Milne
🟡SNP: John Watson
🔵Conservative: Elaine Watterson

Trossachs and Teith: First Preferences
Trossachs and Teith: Transfers
Trossachs and Teith: Results by Polling District
Trossachs and Teith: Second Preferences
Trossachs and Teith: Two-Candidate Preferred

Forth and Endrick (Ward 2)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
🟡SNP: Rosemary Fraser
🔵Conservative: Paul Henke
🔴Labour: Gerry McGarvey
Change vs 2017: +1 Labour, -1 Conservative
Turnout: 56.2%
Electorate: 10854
Valid: 6023 (98.8%)
Spoiled: 72 (1.2%)
Quota: 1506

Candidates

Independent: Rob Davies
🟡SNP: Rosemary Fraser
🟡SNP: Paul Goodwin
🔵Conservative: Thomas Heald
🔵Conservative: Paul Henke
🟠Lib Dem: James MacLaren
🔴Labour: Gerry McGarvey
🟣Family: Liam McKechnie

Forth and Endrick: First Preferences
Forth and Endrick: Transfers
Forth and Endrick: Results by Polling District
Forth and Endrick: Second Preferences
Forth and Endrick: Two-Candidate Preferred

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan (Ward 3)

Councillors and Key Stats

4 Councillors, in order elected:
🔵Conservative: Douglas Dodds
🟡SNP: Graham Houston
🟢Green: Alasdair Tollemache
🔴Labour: Ewan Dillon
Change vs 2017: +1 Labour, -1 Conservative
Turnout: 60.4%
Electorate: 11911
Valid: 7097 (98.6%)
Spoiled: 102 (1.4%)
Quota: 1420

Candidates

Alba: Bill Cowan
🔴Labour: Ewan Dillon
🔵Conservative: Douglas Dodds
🟡SNP: Graham Houston
🟡SNP: Ahsan Khan
Independent: Alastair Majury
🟠Lib Dem: Fayzan Rehman
🔵Conservative: Willy Stirling
🟢Green: Alasdair Tollemache
🟣Family: Nickie Willis

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan: First Preferences
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan: Transfers
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan: Results by Polling District
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan: Second Preferences
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan: Two-Candidate Preferred

Stirling North (Ward 4)

Councillors and Key Stats

4 Councillors, in order elected:
🟡SNP: Susan McGill
🔵Conservative: Rachel Nunn
🔴Labour: Danny Gibson
🟡SNP: Jim Thomson
Change vs 2017: No change
Electorate: 11589
Turnout: 44.7%
Valid: 5086 (98.2%)
Spoiled: 91 (1.8%)
Quota: 1018

Candidates

🟠Lib Dem: Oliver Franklin
🔴Labour: Danny Gibson
🟡SNP: Susan McGill
🟣Family: Shena McLelland
🔵Conservative: Rachel Nunn
🟢Green: Amy Smith
🟡SNP: Jim Thomson

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

Stirling West (Ward 5)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
🔵Conservative: Neil Benny
🔴Labour: Jen Preston
🟡SNP: Scott Farmer
Change vs 2017: No change
Turnout: 54.9%
Electorate: 10192
Valid: 5505 (98.3%)
Spoiled: 95 (1.7%)
Quota: 1377

Candidates

🔵Conservative: Neil Benny
🟡SNP: Scott Farmer
🟡SNP: Morag Fulton
🟠Lib Dem: Dick Moerman
🔵Conservative: Alastair Pettigrew
🔴Labour: Jen Preston
🟣Family: Michael Willis

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

Stirling East (Ward 6)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
🟡SNP: Gerry McLaughlan
🔴Labour: Chris Kane
🔵Conservative: Bryan Flannagan
Change vs 2017: No change
Turnout: 45.5%
Electorate: 3834
Valid: 3834 (98.2%)
Spoiled: 71 (1.8%)
Quota: 959

Candidates

🔵Conservative: Bryan Flannagan
🟢Green: Linda Hendry
🔴Labour: Chris Kane
Independent: Gary McGrow
🟡SNP: Gerry McLaughlan
🟠Lib Dem: Gordon Murphy
🟡SNP: Grant Thoms
🟣Family: David Tortolan0

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

Bannockburn (Ward 7)

Councillors and Key Stats

3 Councillors, in order elected:
Independent: Alasdair MacPherson
🟡SNP: Brian Hambly
🔴Labour: Margaret Brisley
Change vs 2017: +1 Independent, -1 SNP (Alasdair MacPherson elected as SNP in 2017)
Turnout: 42.6%
Electorate: 8777
Valid: 3679 (98.3%)
Spoiled: 64 (1.7%)
Quota: 920

Candidates

🔴Labour: Margaret Brisley
🟡SNP: Brian Hambly
🟣Family: Sophie Hendry
Independent: Alasdair MacPherson
🟠Lib Dem: Hilary MacPherson
🔵Conservative: Stuart McLuckie
🟢Green: Marie Stadtler
🟡SNP: Diane Tortolano

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

Data Notes

Changes in Affiliation

Ewan Dillon (Dunblane and Bridge of Allan), from 🔴Labour to ⚪Independent; listed affiliation changed to Independent in October 2022. No explanation has yet been given.

Councillor Ward From To Notes
Ewan Dillon Dunblane and Bridge of Allan
LAB
IND
Listing changed to Independent in October 2022. No explanation has yet been given.

By-Elections

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan (Ward 3) - 16th of March 2023

Councillors and Key Stats

1 Councillor Elected:
🔵Conservative: Robin Kleinman
Change vs 2022 (notional): Conservative Gain from SNP
Change vs vacating: Conservative Gain from SNP
Turnout: 38.1% (-22.3)
Electorate: 11792
Valid: 4472 (99.4%)
Spoiled: 26 (0.6%)
Quota: 2237
3 Continuing Councillors:
🔵Conservative: Douglas Dodds
🟢Green: Alasdair Tollemache
⚪Independent: Ewan Dillon (elected as Labour)

Candidates

🟢Green: Clare Andrews
🟡SNP: Ahsan Khan
🔵Conservative: Robin Kleinman
🟠Lib Dem: Dick Moerman
🟣Family: Nickie Willis
🔴Labour: David Wilson

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan By-Election: Context

SNP councillor Graham Houston sadly died in December 2022. He had first been elected to represent the ward in 2007.
Read the BBS pre-election preview here.
Read the BBS results analysis here.

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan By-Election: First Preferences
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan By-Election: Transfers
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan By-Election: Results by Polling District
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan By-Election: Second Preferences
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan By-Election: Two-Candidate Preferred

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan (Ward 3) - 25th of January 2024

Councillors and Key Stats

1 Councillor Elected:
🔵Conservative: Thomas Heald
Change vs 2023 by-election: Conservative Hold
Change vs vacating: Conservative Hold
Turnout: 36.6% (-1.5)
Electorate: 11778
Valid: 4288(99.4%)
Spoiled: 27 (0.6%)
Quota: 2145
3 Continuing Councillors:
🔵Conservative: Robin Kleinman
🟢Green: Alasdair Tollemache
⚪Independent: Ewan Dillon (elected as Labour)

Candidates

🟢Green: Clare Andrews
🔵Conservative: Thomas Heald
🟡SNP: Ahsan Khan
🟠Lib Dem: Dick Moerman
🟣Family: Michael Willis
🔴Labour: David Wilson

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan By-Election 2: Context

Conservative councillor, and Provost of Stirling, Douglas Dodds resigned in November 2023, triggering the third vote in this ward in less than two years for the 25th of January 2024. available on the Stirling Council website.
Read the BBS pre-election preview here.
Read the BBS results analysis here (TBC).

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan By-Election 2: First Preferences
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan By-Election 2: Transfers
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan By-Election 2: Results by Polling District
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan By-Election 2: Second Preferences
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan By-Election 2: Two-Candidate Preferred