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!!