HOW IT HAPPENED: Local council election results 2017
27/04/17 Reverse order Timestamp format
Good morning. There has been barely a cloud above us since the polls opened 24 hours ago. Now is the day of truth, with counting taking place throughout the day. The Tele will be here to give you regular updates.
As we enter the election, the SNP has a three-seat majority on Dundee County Council with 16 councillors. Labour have 10, with the Lib Dems, Conservatives and Independents on one apiece.
The Dundee count is taken place at DISC in Maryfield.
DISC, where it will all happen.
According to our reporter Lindsey Hamilton, there are nerves aplenty.
Our reporter Ciaran Shanks is at the Saltire Centre in Arbroath, where the Angus Council count is taking place.
Click here For a full list of candidates across Tayside.
Local elections are also taking place elsewhere in the UK.
According to the BBC, the Conservatives have made gains, with Labour and UKIP losing out.
Lincolnshire council had been under no overall control (NOC), but swung decisively back to the Conservatives as UKIP lost all 13 of the seats it won in 2013.
Meanwhile, Labour has lost control of Blaenau Gwent to independent candidates and Bridgend to no overall control.
All of the local authorities in Scotland begin counting this morning.
The counts in Dundee and Angus were due to start at 9.30am. We are still waiting...
And we have lift-off in Dundee! Spare a thought for all the discomfort about to be felt by the counters' poor index fingers and thumbs.
Tom was a Lochee councillor, was deselected by the Labour group and is standing as an independent candidate.
Plenty are predicting UKIP's demise.
Should they have a sing-off in DISC?
Meanwhile, in Angus.
In Fife, the Conservatives are apprently confident.
The SNP has a lot to lose in these elections. Nerves are no surprise.
Angus count begins.
Police keep an eye on proceedings in Dundee.
This is the state of play across the UK, according to the Guardian.
First result expected soon in Angus.
This is remarkable.
In Northumberland the Conservatives won 33 out of 67 seats. But they were deprived of a majority because one seat had to be decided by a straw draw, which is what happens when there is a tie, and the Lib Dems won.
Early Conservative gain in Fife.
Big shock down in Fife.
Still no results in Angus but the Tele's fashion police are out in force.
First result in Perth.
First result is imminent. Strathmartine, currently occupied by SNP leader John Alexander.
Times, they are a changing.
First result from Dundee.
In Strathmartine, it is as you were.
The SNP leader John Alexander is the youngest and Independent Ian Borthwick is the oldest. Labour leader Kevin Keenan is also safe. Strathmartine ward has some key decision-makers.
Labour has lost overall control of Glasgow for the first time in 40 years, the BBC reports.
Lochee is the next one up.
Ten candidates in Lochee, four to be elected. Last time the SNP and Labour got two councillors each.
But Bob Duncan (SNP) has retired while Labour deselected Tom Ferguson and their other councillor, Norma McGovern also stood down. Tom Ferguson is standing as an Independent.
In Perth & Kinross, the Conservatives may be taking a seat in Blairgowrie from the SNP.
Lochee has gone the same way as Strathmartine, with Tom Ferguson, deselected from Labour, failing to get in as an Independent.
Here is the report from the Tele's Ciaran Shanks in Angus:
The wife of Angus Council's incumbent leader has lost her seat.
Jeanette Gaul finished fourth as Conservative Angus MacMillan-Douglas gained the Kirriemuir and Dean seat for his party.
The SNP's Julie Bell and Conservative Ronnie Proctor were also returned as councillors.
With the Conservative vote surging across the country, fears have been raised by SNP sources at the count in Arbroath's Saltire Centre that they will lose their majority in Angus.
Counting is still ongoing throughout other Angus wards as the Tele went to press.
Mr Proctor received the highest number of votes with 1,397 followed by Ms Bell (1,240) and Mr MacMillan-Douglas (1,118).
Mrs Gaul, wife of SNP leader Iain Gaul, received only 413 votes.
She was followed by Liberal Democrat Liz Petrie (206) and Gordon Watson of Labour (203).
Speaking after his win, Mr MacMillan-Douglas said: "I am overjoyed to be elected to represent Kirriemuir and Dean.
"I'm very honoured and I look forward to doing my best for the people of the ward in Angus generally.
"The best thing has been the response from the general public who have given me many ideas about what I should be doing.
"My first aim going forward is to remember what everyone said to me and take forward everything I campaigned on."
Overall the turnout in Kirriemuir and Dean was 52.9% with 4,577 votes cast and 117 spoilt ballots.
A much lower turnout has been reported in other areas of Angus.
Jeanette Gaul looks understandably glum in this photo with her husband Iain, leader of Angus council, after losing her seat. Before the count, she told the Tele: "I'm very confident. We received a high turnout in the area. We had a strong response for the SNP. It was the same in the outlying areas."
The West End result means the SNP has lost a seat to the Conservatives - the first change from the status quo.
No change in Coldside, with two SNP and two Labour members elected.
In Fife, Labour and the SNP both currently have 16 seats each.
In Dundee, the Labour group is tight-lipped.
In Fife, Labour and SNP remain locked, with 18 councillors each.
No change in Maryfield, with two SNP and one Labour elected.
Reaction from Carnoustie in Angus, where the SNP's Mark McDonald was elected along with Independents Brian Boyd and David Cheape.
Carnoustie independent Brian Boyd said: "I'm very pleased, it was the result I was hoping for.
"It was exceptionally close for me to get in but I'm delighted.
"It would have been a travesty if David (Cheape) hadn't been elected and the Tory candidate was.
"He wasn't at any of the hustings or any meetings and doesn't even live in the town.
"But I'm prepared to work with whoever wins and we'll see what transpires."
Fellow independent, David Cheape, added: "I'm very pleased, it was right down to the wire but we got there.
"I'm delighted the voters have shown confidence in me to take things forward.
"Local is very much what the vote here was about, the Tory vote was a protest vote against the SNP.
"But overall I'm delighted to get back in."
Donald Morrison is one of the SNP's casualties today, losing his seat in Arbroath West.
That should be Willie Sawers, by the way.
Returned SNP councillor in Maryfield, Lynne Short, could barely contain her excitement.
She said;” This is a fantastic result for the SNP in Dundee.
“In Maryfield I will continue to work for the best for our constituents.
“Issues at the top of the list include the wakeboarding development proposals, prostitution, businesses and hotels.
“I will continue to work together in a partnership with Stuart Fairweather, who may have lost today but is a great community worker for the area.
After retaining his seat in the North East former SNP finance spokesman Willie Sawers said he was delighted to have been relected. to serve my ward.
“I have worked hard and will continue to do so.
“We have got new schools in Dundee and we have worked in partnership with the housing associations to build new houses across the communities of the North East.”
Red faces in Edinburgh.
East End is as you were, with two SNPs and one Labour.
With one ward left to declare in Dundee, the only change so far is one Conservative gain and one SNP loss.
Dundee City Council after seven of eight wards: SNP 13 (-1), Labour 9, Conservatives 1 (+1), Lib Dem 1, Independent 1.
So after seven wards brought the loss of only one SNP seat to the Conservatives, it was the Ferry that made the difference, with the loss of two SNP seats.
Final results from Fife.
Professionally-produced final result in Perth & Kinross.
Article by Tele reporter Ciaran Shanks on Angus Council:
Angus Council is divided with the SNP and independents having nine councillors elected.
The SNP lost their majority as the Conservatives made big gains both locally and across the country.
Two Liberal Democrats were also elected.
It is not yet clear at this stage who will form the next administration with talks expected to begin almost immediately
The SNP sufferer major casualties including in Kirriemuir and Dean where Jeanette Gaul, wife of ex-leader Iain Gaul, was canned.
Long-serving councillor Donald Morrison (Arbroath West) and former education convenor Sheena Welsh (Arbroath East) also lost their seats.
Monifieth and Sidlaw saw Sheila Hands (SNP) and Craig Fotheringham (Conservative) returned as councillors.
Ben Lawrie from the Liberal Democrats and the SNP's Beth Whiteside were also voted in.
The SNP's Mark McDonald gained the Carnoustie and District seat. Independents Brian Boyd and David Cheape were returned in the same ward.
Monifieth Councillor Sheila Hands said after the results: "I think what we can see is the unionist parties sticking together.
"It's a shame because it should be about local issues and local elected members.
"I'm delighted to be re-elected and I'm also thrilled my colleague Beth Whiteside was elected.
"I was surprised at the outcome and surprised at the number of seats we have lost.
"Hopefully common sense can continue to prevail whatever the make-up of the administration. There's clearly a lot of work to do."
That's all folks. Thanks for your company.