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Leith Walk by-election, 2015

SNP hold and Labour gain from Green

A by-election was held for two seats in Leith Walk ward of the City of Edinburgh Council on 10 September 2015 following the resignation of SNP Cllr Deirdre Brock, elected as MP for Edinburgh North and Leith, and of Green Cllr Maggie Chapman, who is moving to Dundee.

This by-election was notable for being the first multi-seat by-election in Scotland since the introduction of the Single Transferable Vote method for local elections, and thus the first by-election contested using STV.

John Ritchie held one seat for the SNP, and Marion Donaldson gained the other seat for Labour.

Result

SNP
36.2%
Labour
25.7%
Green
21.8%
Conservative
7.9%
Liberal Democrats
4.0%
UKIP
1.6%
Socialist
1.5%
Left Unity
0.5%
Scott
0.4%
Libertarian
0.3%

Party Candidate 1st Prefs % Change
SNP John Ritchie 2,290 36.2% +7.7% Elected
Labour Marion Donaldson 1,623 25.7% -7.5% Elected
Green Susan Rae 1,381 21.8% +1.5%
Conservative Gordon Murdie 501 7.9% -0.2%
Liberal Democrats Mo Hussain 255 4.0% -1.1%
UKIP Alan Melville 102 1.6% n/a
Socialist Natalie Reid 97 1.5% n/a
Left Unity Bruce Whitehead 32 0.5% n/a
Independent John Scott 26 0.4% n/a
Libertarian Tom Laird 17 0.3% n/a
Turnout: 25.1% (-11.1%) - Swing: 7.6% Lab to SNP


Transfers

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
John Ritchie 2,290
Marion Donaldson 1,623 1,650.11 1,653.11 1,659.58 1,661.66 1,680.37 1,697.56 1,798.22 1,990.24 2,717.32
Susan Rae 1,381 1,464.61 1,469.77 1,483.40 1,495.27 1,502.67 1,576.10 1,653.31 1,729.86
Gordon Murdie 501 503.77 505.85 506.92 507.00 540.16 541.24 574.64
Mo Hussain 255 261.64 263.03 265.27 265.27 267.43 271.59
Alan Melville 102 105.64 105.64 106.79 106.79
Natalie Reid 97 107.75 107.75 108.22 122.01 125.17
Bruce Whitehead 32 33.58 33.66 33.90
John Scott 26 29.00 30.00
Tom Laird 17 17.87
Non-transferable 0 41.04 46.20 50.91 56.99 99.20 128.52 188.84 494.89 1,497.68
Quota: 2,109


2012 Result

Seats

Labour
2
SNP
1
Green
1

First Preference Votes

Labour
33.2%
SNP
28.5%
Green
20.3%
Conservative
8.1%
Liberal Democrats
5.1%
TUSC
1.4%
Wilson
1.4%
McIntosh
1.2%
Liberal
0.9%

Party Candidate 1st Prefs %
SNP Deirdre Brock 1,735 22.1% Elected
Labour Angela Blacklock 1,674 21.3% Elected
Green Maggie Chapman 1,593 20.3% Elected
Labour Nick Gardner 937 11.9% Elected
Conservative Miles Briggs 637 8.1%
SNP Seumas Skinner 502 6.4%
Liberal Democrats Jamie Paterson 400 5.1%
TUSC John McArdle 109 1.4%
Independent Alex Wilson 109 1.4%
Independent Jimmy McIntosh 91 1.2%
Liberal John Hein 69 0.9%
Turnout: 36.2%


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