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The Lochs by-election, 2016

Labour gain from Independent

A by-election was held for the The Lochs ward of Fife Council on 25 August 2016 following the resignation of Independent Cllr William Clarke for health reasons. Clarke had served as a councillor for the area continuously since 1973 on Lochgelly Burgh Council, then Fife County Council, and then the modern Fife Council.

Although officially an Independent councillor, he was a self-styled Communist, and was backed by the Communist Party of Scotland, a distinct entity from the Communist Party of Britain who contested the by-election.

A previous by-election was held in this ward on 22 May 2014, covered here.

Mary Lockhart gained the seat for Labour.

Result

Labour
47.1%
SNP
38.6%
Conservative
9.6%
Communist
3.1%
Green
1.6%

Party Candidate 1st Prefs % Change
Labour Mary Lockhart 1,318 47.1% +0.7% Elected
SNP Lea McLelland 1,079 38.6% +19.6%
Conservative Malcolm McDonald 270 9.6% +6.9%
Communist Thomas Kirby 86 3.1% n/a
Green Bradford Oliver 45 1.6% n/a
Turnout: 27.8% (-9.6%) - Swing: 9.5% Lab to SNP


Transfers

Round 1 2 3 4
Mary Lockhart 1,318 1,329 1,365 1,459
Lea McLelland 1,079 1,091 1,106 1,124
Malcolm McDonald 270 275 280
Thomas Kirby 86 89
Bradford Oliver 45
Non-transferable 0 14 47 215
Quota: 1,400


2012 Result

Seats

Labour
1
Clarke
1
SNP
1

First Preference Votes

Labour
46.4%
Clarke
27.5%
SNP
19.0%
Archibald
4.4%
Conservative
2.7%

Party Candidate 1st Prefs %
Labour Alex Rowley 1,380 37.0% Elected
Independent William Clarke 1,025 27.5% Elected
SNP Ann Bain 708 19.0% Elected
Labour Caron Hughes 349 9.4%
Independent Susan Archibald 165 4.4%
Conservative Sheila Emmerson 99 2.7%
Turnout: 37.4%


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