HOW IT HAPPENED: Local council election results 2017

27/04/17 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. The Dundee count is taken place at DISC in Maryfield.

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  5. DISC, where it will all happen.

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  6. According to our reporter Lindsey Hamilton, there are nerves aplenty.

    Chatting to SNP and Labour candidates there's a definite feeling of nervousness
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  8. The counters are waiting with the ballot boxes clearly visible behind them pic.twitter.com/qd4cEyoZeP
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  9. Our reporter Ciaran Shanks is at the Saltire Centre in Arbroath, where the Angus Council count is taking place.

    Candidates starting to make their way in now. Some Conservative and independent candidates are confident
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  10. Click here For a full list of candidates across Tayside.

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  11. 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.

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  12. The counts in Dundee and Angus were due to start at 9.30am. We are still waiting...

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  13. 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.

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  14. Telling?

    The word is that Tom Ferguson hasn't turned up this morning
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  15. Tom was a Lochee councillor, was deselected by the Labour group and is standing as an independent candidate.

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  16. Plenty are predicting UKIP's demise.

    Why UKIP were wiped out in yesterday's elections. You don't need to vote for them now the Tories have become them.  https://twitter.com/Nigel_Farage/status/821336404257017856 
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  17. Should they have a sing-off in DISC?

    @AgainstHunting @WarmongerHodges I'm wondering if people don't realise voting in elections has consequences and affects their lives, do they think it's X Factor?
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  18. Meanwhile, in Angus.

    Delay here while chief executive makes a lengthy statement about the verification and counting process
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  19. In Fife, the Conservatives are apprently confident.

    #Conservative agent says confident of double figure seat gain across Fife -pleased with support turn out #council17
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  20. The SNP has a lot to lose in these elections. Nerves are no surprise.

    A few anxious SNP candidates around the hall
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  21. Angus count begins.

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  22. Police keep an eye on proceedings in Dundee.

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  23. This is the state of play across the UK, according to the Guardian.

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  24. First result expected soon in Angus.

    Expecting a result after 10.30am. Each ward being counted in order, Kirriemuir and Dean is ward one.
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  25. This is remarkable.

    Northumberland council election. Last seat decided with a straw draw! Really. lib Dem win denies Conservatives majority. #LocalElection pic.twitter.com/LzfNLiiKiB
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  26. 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.

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  27. Suggestions the Labour vote has collapsed in Dundee
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  28. Turn out St some polling stations in Dundee reported to be as low as 15%
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  29. Early reports that Fraser Macpherson is well ahead in the West End ward
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  30. So far in Lochee Alan Ross ahead of Charlie Malone who is ahead of Michael marra
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  31. The SNP's Alan Ross appears well ahead in first preferences in Lochee in Dundee.
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  32. Early Conservative gain in Fife.

    Bobby Clelland and Kate Stewart returned, and Conservative Mino Marekshaw also elected.
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  33. In strathmartine ward John Alexander is well ahead at this stage ahead
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  34. Here we go with the first results of the day. Turnout in West Fife and Coastal Villages - 48.7%.
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  35. Aude Boubaker-Calder (Lib Dems) – 360 Bobby Clelland (Lab) – 1682 Suzanne Davies (Lab) - 538 Willie Gavin (SNP) - 990
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  36. Aude Boubaker-Calder (Lib Dems) – 360 Bobby Clelland (Lab) – 1682 Suzanne Davies (Lab) - 538 Willie Gavin (SNP) - 990
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  37. Martin Keatings (Ind) - 220 Mino Marekshaw (Con) – 1186 Kate Stewart (SNP) - 1084 Jeroen Van Leeuwen (Greens) - 151
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  38. Bobby Clelland and Kate Stewart returned, and Conservative Mino Marekshaw also elected.
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  39. Interestingly, Conservative Derek Scott appears to be ahead on first preferences in the Ferry.
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  40. All three SNP candidates leading the way in coldside currently
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  41. Candidates in Dundee checking the screen. Independent Ian Borthwick is rocking the white shirt and braces. pic.twitter.com/iONGOlSXmS
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  42. This screen is showing the first preferences by ward. Coldside looks pretty tight. pic.twitter.com/3caAnOp7Hm
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  43. Big shock down in Fife.

    Shock there in ward 3 Dunfermline Central as Neale Hanvey, SNP group leader, misses out on re-election. Provost Jim Leishman back in.
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  44. Still no results in Angus but the Tele's fashion police are out in force.

    I'm a fan of the crocodile t-shirt and sandals worn by incumbent leader of Angus Council Iain Gaul. pic.twitter.com/GeZRyKCbEL
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  45. First result in Perth.

    Carse of Gowrie: Angus Forbes (Con), Beth Pover (SNP) and Alisdair Bailey (Lab).
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  46. That result means the first major casualty is the SNP's Douglas Pover, who loses his place on the council.
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  47. Big news is that #Conservatives have finished second behind #Labour and ahead of #SNP in West Fife Villages #fifecount #council17
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  48. Early indications that Labour could be safe in eight or nine seats in Dundee
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  49. First result is imminent. Strathmartine, currently occupied by SNP leader John Alexander.

    Strathmartine candidates being called to the stage.
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  50. Times, they are a changing.

    Tories have just had a councillor elected in Paisley's Ferguslie Park - Scotland's most deprived area - for the first time ever. #council17
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  51. Stewart Hunter giving the thumbs up and congratulatory handshakes for John Alexander. Looks like the SNP retaining its Strathmartine seats.
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  52. Unreal!

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  53. First result from Dundee.

    Ward 1 Strathmartine John Alexander SNP Ian Borthwick IND Stewart Hunter SNP Kevin Keenan LAB Full result  http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/localelections2017/results 
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  54. In Strathmartine, it is as you were.

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  56. 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.

    Strathmartine still has the youngest and oldest councillors
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  58. Ward 1:Strathmartine Stewart Hunter SNP John Alexander SNP Kevin Keenan LAB Ian Bothwick IND pic.twitter.com/9KcBsi2bsA
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  59. Independent Ian Borthwick re-elected in Dundee; he's been a councillor since 1963  https://twitter.com/c_smorkis/status/860439968258428929 
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  60. Ian Borthwick and Kevin Keenan deep in conversation on the hall floor at the moment. One ward down in Dundee, seven to go.
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  61. Word from Glasgow is SNP could fall short of majority. Will certainly be biggest party. Tories stronger there, as they are everywhere else.
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  62. Monifieth and Sidlaw candidate @votebigvoteben Ben Lawrie upbeat about his chances of being elected as a Lib Dem councillor.
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  63. Labour has lost overall control of Glasgow for the first time in 40 years, the BBC reports.

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  64. Hearing the Tories are confident in the Ferry but could they win elsewhere in Dundee?  https://twitter.com/mike_blackley/status/860436199634333696 
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  65. Lochee is the next one up.

    Just been told Lochee to be declared next not coldside
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  66. Elected for Kirriemuir and Dean: Julie Bell (SNP) - 1,240 Angus Macmillan Douglas (Con) - 1,118 Ronnie Proctor (Con) - 1,397
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  67. Jeanette Gaul (SNP) - 413 Liz Petrie (Lib Dem) - 206 Gordon Watson (Labour) - 203 Votes cast: 4,577 Spoilt: 117 Turnout: 52.9%
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  69. State of play so far in Fife by my calculations: Labour have 13 councillors, SNP have 12 and the Conservatives have 5. Going to be tight.
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  70. No further declarations yet in Angus. Patiently waiting... pic.twitter.com/mxdo0yjCRo
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  71. Ten candidates in Lochee, four to be elected. Last time the SNP and Labour got two councillors each.

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  72. 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.

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  73. Conservatives taking council seats in Shettleston is quite extraordinary! That's one of the most deprived areas in Glasgow voting Tory.
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  74. [email protected]C_GHuband has pointed out that Sgt Pepper had not been released when Ian Borthwick was first elected as a cllr  https://twitter.com/C_GHuband/status/860446959651487744 
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  75. Charlie Malone just pumped his fist in celebration so looks like he's in in Lochee.
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  76. Scotland's longest serving councillor Ian Borthwick has been re-elected. Pres Kennedy was starting the space race when he first took office🚀
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  77. In Perth & Kinross, the Conservatives may be taking a seat in Blairgowrie from the SNP.

    Looks like another swing to the Conservatives (away from SNP) in Blairgowrie. Result soon. pic.twitter.com/pSiq5HEmei
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  78. Alan Ross and Roisin Smith elected for SNP in Lochee as were Charlie Malone and Michael Marra for Labour. No change again.
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  79. Alan Ross and Roisin Smith elected for SNP in Lochee as were Charlie Malone and Michael Marra for Labour. No change again.
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  81. Lochee has gone the same way as Strathmartine, with Tom Ferguson, deselected from Labour, failing to get in as an Independent.

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  82. 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.

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  83. 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."

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  84. Ward 2: Lochee Michael Marra LAB Alan Ross SNP Charlie Malone LAB Roisin Smith SNP pic.twitter.com/AkjZ5RPUZQ
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  85. Elected in Brechin and Edzell: Kenny Braes (SNP) - 762 Bob Myles (ind) - 792 Gavin Nicol (Con) - 1,218
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  86. Alison Andrews (Lib) 129 Jill Scott (ind) 736 Marjory Scott (Lab) 203 Paul Wright (ind) 308 4,211 votes cast, 69 spoilt, 47.4% turnout
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  87. Forfar and District elected: Colin Brown (ind) - 1,086 Braden Davy (Con) - 1,333 Lynne Devine (SNP) - 974 #council17
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  88. Ward 3 West End Result Bill Campbell SNP Donald Hay Con Fraser Macpherson LIB DEM Richard McCready LAB
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  89. The West End result means the SNP has lost a seat to the Conservatives - the first change from the status quo.

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  90. Ward 3: west end Fraser Macpherson LD Bill Campbell SNP Richard McCready LAB Donald Hay CON pic.twitter.com/yYpRyd5agi
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  91. No change in Coldside, with two SNP and two Labour members elected.

    Ward 4 Coldside Result Mark Flynn SNP George McIrvine LAB Anne Rendall SNP Helen Wright LAB
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  92. Monifieth and Sidlaw elected: Craig Fotherinham (Con) Sheila Hands (SNP) Ben Lawrie (Lib Dem) Beth Whiteside (SNP)
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  94. Murdo Fraser MSP says as things are going it is 'highly likely' that Scots Con will emerge as biggest party in Perth & Kinross #LE2017
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  96. Anne Rendell, SNP elated to be elected. Sorry that Steven Rome wasn't successful
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  97. In Fife, Labour and the SNP both currently have 16 seats each.

    Whatever happens in next few hours, it's going to be very interesting. Both SNP and Lab ruled out coalition with Tories last week, but now?
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  98. Outgoing administration leader Ken Guild talking to his likely successor, John Alexander. pic.twitter.com/2lAHcEDRFe
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  99. Total in Angus so far: SNP - 6 Tories - 5 Independents - 5 Lib Dem - 1 #council17
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  100. Results at ward nine: Cons 14, SNP 9, Lib Dems 2, Labour 1 and indies 3.
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  101. In Dundee, the Labour group is tight-lipped.

    So far no Labour councillor has made themselves available for interview.
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  102. Next up is Maryfield, which will return three councillors. In 2012 it returned two SNP and one Labour members.
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  103. Anne Rendall, elected for the SNP in Coldside, says party has to deliver on promised waterfront jobs.
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  104. Results for Ward 10 - Bob Band (SNP) Michael Jamieson (Conservative and Unionist) Sheila McCole (SNP) Willie Wilson (Liberal Democrats)
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  105. In Fife, Labour and SNP remain locked, with 18 councillors each.

    Elected: Mary Lockhart and Linda Erskine for Labour, Rosemary Liewald and Lea McLelland for the SNP.
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  107. No change in Maryfield, with two SNP and one Labour elected.

    Ward 5:Maryfield Lynne Short SNP Kenn Lynn SNP Georgia Cruickshank LAB pic.twitter.com/O2P8mNaXFi
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  108. 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."

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  109. Arbroath West elected: David Fairweather (ind) Alex King (SNP) David Lumgair (Tory) Richard Moore (Lib Dem)
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  110. Donald Morrison is one of the SNP's casualties today, losing his seat in Arbroath West.

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  111. That should be Willie Sawers, by the way.

    Ward 6: North East Brian Gordon LAB Willie Sewers SNP Gregor Murray SNP pic.twitter.com/dn2kuIx7jV
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  112. Willie Sawers said the vote showed the electorate of the north east were aware the SNP had worked hard for the area
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  113. SNP lead Angus Council by one. Two wards to go #council17
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  114. Arbroath East is expected to drum up a few surprises. This could sway the overall result #council17
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  115. 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.”

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  116. Gregor Murray (SNP) says results so far 'a vote of confidence in the management of the city over past five years'.
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  117. Red faces in Edinburgh.

    Edinburgh presiding officer: "Sorry I've got the wrong information." Campaigner: "It's like the Oscars!" #Council17 pic.twitter.com/PSNEUj4qwE
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  118. East End result due. In 2012 voters returned two SNP councillors and one Labour councillor.
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  119. Arbroath East elected: Brenda Durno (SNP) Lois Speed (independent) Derek Wann (Conservative) #council17
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  120. Angus Council total: SNP - 8 Conservatives - 7 Independents - 7 Lib Dems - 2 One ward left #council17
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  121. Education convenor Sheena Welsh (SNP) loses her seat
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  122. This is incredible.

    https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/conservatives-lose-control-council-result-decided-drawing-straws/

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  123. East End is as you were, with two SNPs and one Labour.

    Ward 7: East End Christina Roberts SNP Will Dawson SNP Margaret Mary Richardson LAB pic.twitter.com/Ime0kIZtQi
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  124. 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.

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  125. Fife state of play - SNP 24, Labour 22, Tories 11, Lib Dems 4. Only five wards left to declare. Tories now into double figures.
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  126. Ravenscraig (yes, Ravenscraig) has just elected a Tory councillor pic.twitter.com/GtTdGPMyfW
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  127. Ward 8 The Ferry Results Kevin Cordell SNP Craig Duncan LIB DEM Derek Scott CON Philip Scott CON
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  128. Ward 8: The Ferry Kevin Cordell SNP Craig Duncan LD Derek Scott CON Philip Scott CON pic.twitter.com/JtIdTtWqhV
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  129. The Tories took two seats, the Lib Dems one and SNP one. Both Labour and the SNP lost seats.
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  130. 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.

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  131. Final results from Fife.

    That's all the votes counted. SNP are the largest party with 29, Labour on 24, Conservatives on 15, and Lib Dems on 7.
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  132. Montrose and District elected: Bill Duff (SNP) Mark Salmond (independent) Tommy Stewart (independent) Ron Sturrock (Conservative) #council17
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  133. SNP and independents dead level @AngusCouncil SNP - 9 Independents - 9 Tories - 8 Lib Dem - 2
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  134. Professionally-produced final result in Perth & Kinross.

    The new political make-up (on the whiteboard) compared with the previous result. pic.twitter.com/NYRGqM5A5w
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  135. 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."

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  136. That's all folks. Thanks for your company.

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