As a matter of Interest I decided to investigate the number of candidates the main parties were putting up for election in total and by area. To see if I could have some clue where the parties themselves thought was the best places that they were placed to get seats, and how much effort and support they had to actually put forward for seats.
Some areas, are particularly hard to work out because of a mixture of historical Independent candidates, and Independent candidates who really belong or have been affiliated to a main party but have been deselected or dare not nail their true colours to the mast.
But here goes… from the top
Shetland: 24 seats up for grabs
SNP Contesting: 1…and they have already been elected as there were only 3 seats available in his ward and only 3 contestants.
No other parties putting up candidates, all remaining are Independents
Orkney: 17 Seats
No other major parties.
Western Isles: 23 Seats
SNP: 7 standing
Labour: 0 Standing…. former Labour are now putting themselves forward as Independents.
Torys: 3 contesting….now reduced to 2… As candidate has been disowned for posting a pile of Britain First Racist material, and wanting to put a bag over Nicola Sturgeons head and stick a cattle prod up her bahookie
Onto the Scottish Mainland
I will take these areas in Alphabetical Order
SNP: Standing 25
There are also a couple of National front and 1 UKIP standing in the City.
Unionist advantage…. 50 candidates to 32 Indy
As is the case in many Wards though across the country…SNP candidates outnumber individual Unionist parties 2-1 sometimes 3-1
So coming out in numbers to vote is highly important! As is SNP 1,2/3 and Green and other Indy in ward at 3 or 4 etc….putting Lib dems/Labour/Tory at the bottom to reduce their chances.
Some are getting confusing messages from different sources….saying only vote for SNP and leave the rest blank… DO this if you really must… but preferably give your other votes to Greens, SSP, and Independents you know for sure are not closet Unionists. But even they rank above the Torys!
Lending votes to other pro Indy parties will not in any way harm the SNP if you rank them after them.. and you may actually end up giving seats to the Greens which otherwise would go to Labour or Tory. Strengthening Coalition possibilities to stop the Torys/Labour/Lib Dems joining up to hijack councils like last time!
Argyll and Bute
A lot of Independents in what has been a troubled Council recently
This is the first area where we find Greens contesting every single ward.
Green:5…..Greens again contesting every single ward.
Dumfries and Galloway
Green: 6…..Twice as many Green candidates than Liberal Democrats in this area.
DUNDEE (YES CITY)
SNP: 18……. SNP standing 2 Candidates for every Ward in East Ayrshire.
LDs: 0 …..NO Liberal Democrats running in East Ayrshire at all
Here is an area where SNP voters giving Greens 3rd preference could pay dividends
Labour: 12…..and here is the first time Labour put forward more candidates than the SNP
Tory:9….Tories outstrip the SNP again in what is traditionally good Tory harvest area
UKIP putting in their biggest appearance so far in an area with 4 candidates
LDs: Another area with zero LD representation.
Green: 9……Greens match the Torys in candidates in Falkirk!
SNP: 46…..Strong SNP representation on old Broons territory of Fife
LDs: 26…..Strongest LD representation yet….Wullie Rennies patch
Green:23 And Greens contesting every Ward in Fife
Should be an Interesting area to watch
Can Labour finally get kicked out of Glasgow? To lose their prime fiefdom could be a fatal Blow.
SNP: 56….With 56 candidates the SNP are certainly going for it in Big Style…There are 3 candidates per Ward in the vast majority of them.
There are a fair smattering of others ….Including TUSC,UKIP,SLP, Solidarity and SSP
The vast majority of candidates across the Highlands are Independents of one type or another.
Green: No Green representation in Inverclyde.
In what used to be a Labour Stronghold, but where Inverclyde were about 50/50 between YES and NO in 2014 and are now represented by the SNP in Holyrood and Westminster… It should be interesting to see what happens with the council
SNP again standing 2 candidates per ward
Keep an eye on this area…. Moray was the only area in Scotland which was close to a dead heat between Remain and Leave in the Brexit vote..Large Armed forces influence in this area.
LD’s: Another area without any LibDems.
This area is of Interest for a couple of reasons… Labour and Tory voters ganged up in a Bye Election to keep Nicola Sturgeons father out recently. Robert Sturgeon is standing again this time.
Also this area,particularly around Kilwinning has a strong traditional Orange Loyalist presence, hence why UKIP are in evidence in this area.
This area has had major scandals and political ruckuses which are still going on.
The Labour council here is notorious for cronyism and all sorts of dubious practices. Unfortunately the SNP have not had the best of times recently either.
So goodness knows what will happen here?
This area also has the strongest UKIP presence yet with 6
But also there is RISE,SSP and a host of Independents who were Labour, and also some SNP who were disaffected.
Perth and Kinross
Labour: 6……lets say Labour don’t feel confident about here… traditionally this area is a bun fight like Stirling between SNP and the Tories…. It will be interesting to see in the Tory anti referendum strategy will have an effect here?
SNP: 13….not an area the SNP expects to do particularly well in I would Imagine
Labour: 29…..largest concentration of candidates at 3 is in Larkhall
This is one of these Councils where SNP has largest party but Labour and Torys conspired to keep them out by joining forces…better together and all that.
So the SNP are standing a grand total of 616 Councillors across Scotland
The Tories are standing 369
Labour are standing 442
Libdems are standing 232
Greens are standing 223
As usual…the most important thing is to get the vote out!
If you want to help create change then you will have to get off your bahookie and do your bit…. Even if you do nothing else, make sure that ALL your vote counts!
Don’t be lazy and do the bare minimum… We all have a chance to radically change the face of Scottish politics here….and who knows even our nation itself.
Get to it!
P.s….. Check out these independents…not All are how they would seem!
I know a lot of people are still in a state of confusion as to how this system works, and how to get the most out of it. It is not helpful when there is also conflicting messages coming from different parties and sources.
But here is one last stab at explaining it from me…
In Your WARD…… there are 3 Seats Available, but 8 Candidates standing.
You are asked to write down your preferences from 1-6 in order of preference.
You don’t need to put all of them down, you can list as few or as many preferences as you like.
But lets say you do something like this…
Your first preference goes to your favourite candidate
SO. preference 1 is…. Bannana party candidate 1
2. is ….Bannana party candidate 2
Ok….so you leave it at that….you don’t want to vote for anybody else..
Ahh….but even if Banna Party gets both candidates in…. you have no say as to who the third candidate for your Ward is…….And Beejeesus….It goes to the horrible Nasty Party!!
whereas you could have voted thus….
1. Bannana Party Candidate 1
2.Bannana Party Candidate 2
3.Lime Green Party
4.Slimy Orange party
5.Poison apple party candidate 2
6.Poison apple party candidate 1
7.Horrible Nasty party candidate 2
8. Horrible Nasty party candidate 1
See what you have done there? You have used your lower rankings to register your disapproval…and you have put these candidates in reverse order…so that there is less chance of them getting their preferred candidate in.
When it comes to the Count itself…. it is counted in Rounds…
Round 1…… Sees everyones 1st preference taken…
And Hallelujah…. Banana party candidate 1 has got over the line and is elected.
their surplus votes then go to be added to Banana party candidate 2s votes in the next round.
Round 2…..sees Yabbadabadooo Banana party candidate 2 being elected…..but as there is no Banana party candidate 3 for their votes to be transferred to…..there is none of their excess votes to be carried on…… That is it for the Banana party….they have got both their candidates selected.
Round 3 votes are then collected…… If you put no preference past 1 and 2….you have no say in this round… So you are done…
However if you did make a preference……what happens?
It turns out that Poison Apple Party Candidate has the most votes….but not sufficient to get them over the line.. So no candidate is selected in this round of counting and it goes to round 4
Round 4..sees peoples 4th preferences added to the total….
And guess what…… when preferences for round 3 and 4 are added together….
The Lime Green Party has overtaken the Poison Apple Party Candidate 1 and what is more they have got over the finishing line percentage and are elected!!
Now if you and your pals had stopped voting after your 2nd preferences…. Then Poison apple party candidate would have got the 3rd and final seat in your ward.
so the result would have been…
1. Banana Party
3. Poison Apple party
But you all kept voting so…. it turns out…
3. Lime Green Party
Now say similar results were to be had across every ward in your area….
Collectively you have dumped both Poison Apple and Nasty Horrible Party to oblivion…. and even if the Banana Party do not have the majority in your council you have prevented…. Poison Apple and Nasty Horrible partys from joining forces to run the council…. Instead you have your mates in the Lime Green Party to help give you the Majority!!! YAY!!!!!!!
A useful tool to find out what prospective Councillors are standing in your area is found here..
Check it out!