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Heldon and Laich, 2013

A by-election was held for the Heldon and Laich ward of Moray Council on 7 March 2013 following the resignation of SNP Cllr Carolle Ralph.

A later by-election was held in the Heldon and Laich ward on 1 October 2015, covered here.

John Cowe gained the seat as an Independent.

Result
First Preferences Share
Cowe
31.4%
SNP
26.9%
Conservative
15.3%
Traynor
13.5%
Green
7.4%
Hamilton
5.6%

Party Candidate 1st Prefs 1st Prefs % Change Elected?
Independent John Cowe 972 31.4% +31.4% Yes
SNP Stuart Crowther 833 26.9% -10.1%
Conservative Pete Bloomfield 473 15.3% -2.0%
Independent Nick Traynor 418 13.5% +13.5%
Green James MacKessack-Leitch 228 7.4% +0.8%
Independent Jeff Hamilton 175 5.6% +5.6%

Transfers
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5
John Cowe 972 1,020 1,058 1,273 1,507
Stuart Crowther 833 844 891 960 1,005
Pete Bloomfield 473 490 516 558
Nick Traynor 418 459 496
James MacKessack-Leitch 228 242
Jeff Hamilton 175
Non-transferable 0 44 138 308 587


2012 Result
Seats
SNP
1
McGillivray
1
Conservative
1
Tuke
1
First Preferences Share
SNP
37.0%
McGillivray
18.4%
Conservative
17.3%
Tuke
14.7%
Green
6.6%
Gordon
6.0%

Party Candidate 1st Prefs Vote Share Elected?
SNP Carolle Ralph 797 20.0% Yes
Independent Eric McGillivray 735 18.4% Yes
Conservative Allan Wright 688 17.3% Yes
SNP David Stewart 678 17.0%
Independent Chris Tuke 584 14.7% Yes
Green James MacKessack-Leitch 262 6.6%
Independent John Gordon 241 6.0%


Blog
By-Election Preview on Scottish Elections Blog


Forum
By-Election Thread on Vote UK Forum


News
"SNP lose Moray Council seat in by-elections"
The Scotsman, 9 March
"SNP loses seat as independent takes victory at Moray by-election"
STV News, 8 March
"Moray by-election: Independent wins former SNP seat"
The Scotsman, 8 March
"Cops quiz ex-councillor’s wife in hate mail probe"
The Scotsman, 12 February
"Six candidates due to battle for vacant seat on Moray Council"
STV News, 5 February
"Moray Council by-election candidates named"
The Scotsman, 4 February

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