Independence V Dependency Parties Council Results

It has been confirmed by the SNP today, that the SNP along with having the most council seats,and having gained more seats than any other party since the 2007 election, have also had the biggest share of the vote.

The following results were published today.

1) The final results of all first preference votes are as follows:

SNP 502,201 – 32.32% (+4.46% on 2007)
Lab 487,884 – 31.39% (+3.24%)
Con 206,856 – 13.31% (-2.26%)
LD 102,399 – 6.59% (-6.10%)
Grn 34,252 – 2.20% (+0.16%)
Ind 184,329 – 11.86% (+0.98%)
Oth 36,055 – 2.32% (+0.9%)

2) This has been accompanied by SNP achieving the largest number of Councillors, and also the largest number of gains, doubling its lead in seats over Labour:

Scottish National Party – 424 (+62)
Labour Party – 394 (+46)
Conservative Party – 115 (-29)
Liberal Democrats – 71 (-95)
Green – 14 (+6)
Ind – 194 (+12)
Oth – 8 (-3)

It is as clear as daylight that the SNP won it, and increased their vote and representation in the process.
In 2007, Labour could claim to have the highest percentage of first preference council votes, that is no longer the case.The SNP has just steamed past them.

But what happens when we gauge how the Independence supporting parties as a whole measure up to Dependency Parties?

The Dependency parties still have collectively more 1st preference votes and seats.
But look at the direction of travel from 2007
In total they lost 78 seats

The Independence parties collectively gained seats from 2007
In total they gained 68 seats

We cannot gauge where all the Independents stand, at least one of which was a deselected Tory councillor who got kicked out for publicly declaring his support for Independence, and who is now in discussions with the SNP to swing control of Midlothian Council into SNP control.
There is one SSP councillor, which keeps their representation at no change from 2007.

Nor can we properly gauge who amongst the Dependency party voters support Independence. I know of quite a few party supporters of Labour and LibDems who support Independence, so we cannot surmise what proportion of the total vote were for or against Independence, which is hardly surprising considering these elections were supposed to be on local issues.

What we can say is that those who support Independence can draw a lot more comfort from these figures than those who are against it.

Next up…..The Launch of the SNPs Independence Campaign in June.
From now until late 2014, there will be no more electoral distractions.
That is a Relief!!

http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2012/may/full-results-confirm-highest-ever-snp-vote-share

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I am not a member of any political party. I am however a strong supporter of Scots Independence. Any views which I express in this Blog are purely my own. This Blog intends to be a place where I will be putting my views on Scots Independence. It will primarily concern itself with the upcoming Referendum In Scotland. However It will also be somewhat diverse in the range of day to day issues which are evident to me in modern day Scotland. Not all of it will be political, and indeed may take me off into avenues I am not even aware of yet. Please come and join in on this journey, and any comments are welcome provided they are not abusive! All the best from a new acquaintance! Rod
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7 Responses to Independence V Dependency Parties Council Results

  1. Sorry to disappoint you but I think there are Euro elections in June 2014.
    I hope by that time a win is counted as a win!

  2. Morag says:

    Where did you get these figures from? I’ve been looking for them, but I need a source. In particular you have the SNP’s seats gained at 62 while everyone else seems to think it’s 61. Also, while most people put Labour’s seat gains at 46, as do you, STV and NNS have the figure as 48.

    Please, please, don’t just publish numbers, tell us where you’re getting them from.

    • I will add link, these figures are from the SNP announcement today. Assuming that they wouldn’t blunder on such a thing, as they would hung out to dry if they did!!
      But even taking the STV figures as the correct medium, they make next to no difference to the figures. Whilst the BBCs take is entirely off, given that they didn’t compare the council elections of 2007 with 2012, as any statistician worth their salt would.

      • Morag says:

        Thank you very much, that is extremely helpful. I assume they will be correct, as they have the manpower and the computer firepower to get it right. And the main thing is, if I use the data, I can point to the source.

  3. Bill Cruickshank says:

    Rod,
    Another excellent piece, your articles are top drawer, as I have said before the only problem is not enough get to see them; which brings me to my main concern i.e. How do we counter the anti-independence/SNP bias in the media and the BBC in particular? I think there is little doubt that the mud thrown at Alex Salmond (conveniently helped on its way by the BBC and the MSM) over the last few weeks had a somewhat detrimental effect on the SNP vote at the council elections. What worries me is the unionists/Brit. establishment were only warming up, what sort of dirty tricks will they get up to in the next two years. At the risk of sounding sycophantic, your work and the writings of other like minded bloggers is vital to the cause of independence, the problem for all of us in the nationalist movement, is how do we get your writing out to the rest of Scotland. We and the SNP in particular, must address this issue of anti-independence bias soon, otherwise I really fear we will lose the referendum.

    • Don Macdonald says:

      I agree Bill, All the good things the SNP are doing is being stifled by these lunatics and could very well end in tears if the general public is not made aware of the facts. When the state run media is hell bent on creating division and sowing hatred things could get out of hand as lots of people are angry at the BBC just now. We dont want another Northern Ireland situation on our hands

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