2017 Glasgow City Council election

The Glasgow City Council election of 2017 was held on 4 May 2017, the same day as the 31 other Scottish local government elections. The election was the first to use 23 new wards, created as a result of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland's 5th Review.[1] Each ward elected three or four councillors using the single transferable vote system, a form of proportional representation used since the 2007 election and according to the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004.

2017 Glasgow City Council election

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All 85 seats to Glasgow City Council
43 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Blank Blank Blank
Leader Susan Aitken Frank McAveety David Meikle
Party SNP Labour Conservative
Leader's seat Langside Shettleston Pollokshields
Last election 27 seats, 32.6% 44 seats, 46.7% 1 seat, 5.9%
Seats won 39 31 8
Seat change Increase12 Decrease13 Increase7
Popular vote 70,239 51,778 25,018
Percentage 41.0% 30.2% 14.6%
Swing Increase8.4% Decrease16.5% Increase8.65%

  Fourth party Fifth party
  Blank Blank
Party Scottish Green Liberal Democrats
Last election 5 seats, 5.5% 1 seat, 2.93%
Seats won 7 0
Seat change Increase2 Decrease1
Popular vote 14,925 5,013
Percentage 8.7% 2.92%
Swing Increase3.2% Decrease0.01%

Glasgow City Council election, 2017.svg
The new 23 multi-member wards

Council Leader before election

Frank McAveety
Labour

Council Leader after election

Susan Aitken
Scottish National Party

As predicted in the weeks leading up to the election,[2] the Scottish Labour Party were replaced by the Scottish National Party as the largest party in the council, a first for the SNP and ending Labour's 37-year tenure of control,[3] although the SNP were four seats short of an overall majority. The Scottish Conservatives gained seven seats, their best result since the 1984 election. This included some unexpected victories in wards such as Shettleston and Calton, some of Glasgow's most deprived areas in the east. The Scottish Green Party also made gains to give them their best ever result in Glasgow's local elections, taking seven seats, two more than in 2012, and topping the first-preference vote in Hillhead to the west. The Scottish Liberal Democrats lost their only remaining seat, making this council the first without any Liberal representation since 1974.

On 18 May, the SNP formally took control of the council as a minority administration with SNP members filling the positions of council leader, depute council leader, and Lord Provost.[4]

Election resultsEdit

Glasgow City Local Election Result 2017
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SNP 39 12 0  12 45.88 40.96 70,239  8.39
  Labour 31 0 13  13 36.47 30.20 51,778  16.52
  Conservative 8 7 0  7 9.41 14.59 25,018  8.65
  Scottish Green 7 3 1   2 8.24 8.70 14,925  3.15
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 1  1 0 2.92 5,013  0.01
  Independent 0 0 0   0.00 1.30 2,237  0.40
  UKIP 0 0 0   0.00 0.57 969  0.27
  TUSC 0 0 0   0.00 0.27 464  0.13
  Solidarity 0 0 0   0.00 0.22 373  0.18
  Scottish Socialist 0 0 0   0.00 0.12 202  0.58
  A Better Britain – Unionist Party 0 0 0   0.00 0.09 150 New
  SDP 0 0 0   0.00 0.03 51 New
  Libertarian 0 0 0   0.00 0.03 46 New
Turnout 171,465

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes. The net gain/loss and percentage changes relate to the result of the previous Scottish local elections on 3 May 2012. This may differ from other published sources showing gain/loss relative to seats held at dissolution of Scotland's councils.

Retiring CouncillorsEdit

Council Ward Departing Councillor Party
Baillieston Austin Sheridan Scottish National Party
Partick West Aileen Colleran[5] Scottish Labour Party
Linn Sadie Docherty[6] Scottish Labour Party
Drumchapel/Anniesland Judith Fisher[6] Scottish Labour Party
Drumchapel/Anniesland Jonathan Findlay[6] Scottish Labour Party
Garscadden/Scotstounhill Paul Rooney[6] Scottish Labour Party
Hillhead Pauline McKeever[6] Scottish Labour Party
Canal Helen Stephen[6] Scottish Labour Party
Calton Yvonne Kucuk[6] Scottish Labour Party (suspended)
North East Maureen Burke[6] Scottish Labour Party
Canal Kieran Wild[7] Scottish Green Party
Anderston/City Nina Baker[7] Scottish Green Party

Districts summaryEdit

e • d Results of the Glasgow City Council election, 2017
by ward
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
SNP Lab Conservative Green Lib Dem Others
Linn 35.52 2 27.01 1 15.85 1 3.27 0 7.68 0 10.66 0 4
Newlands/Auldburn 40.08 1 28.57 1 21.97 1 5.81 0 3.57 0 0 0 3
Greater Pollok 40.55 2 38.17 2 13.94 0 2.35 0 1.54 0 3.45 0 4
Cardonald 43.34 2 37.80 2 11.68 0 2.52 0 1.97 0 2.69 0 4
Govan 43.73 2 31.59 1 11.41 0 9.32 1 2.19 0 1.76 0 4
Pollokshields 36.22 1 23.26 1 23.04 1 13.60 1 2.94 0 0.95 0 4
Langside 43.11 2 26.29 1 13.57 0 11.88 1 3.26 0 1.89 0 4
Southside Central 43.43 2 34.75 2 6.70 0 11.29 0 1.43 0 2.40 0 4
Calton 47.23 2 27.79 1 11.43 1 8.95 0 1.86 0 2.74 0 4
Anderston/City/Yorkhill 39.37 2 28.50 1 9.88 0 18.32 1 2.51 0 1.41 0 4
Hillhead 37.16 1 21.73 1 10.14 0 25.63 1 4.45 0 0.89 0 3
Victoria Park 36.44 1 19.97 1 23.69 1 13.50 0 5.78 0 0.61 0 3
Garscadden/Scotstounhill 44.87 2 33.75 2 12.20 0 5.05 0 2.20 0 1.93 0 4
Drumchapel/Anniesland 44.43 2 37.32 2 11.59 0 4.27 0 0 0 2.39 0 4
Maryhill 47.70 2 28.46 1 10.58 0 8.81 0 4.45 0 0 0 3
Canal 42.40 2 34.52 2 8.84 0 4.77 0 0.97 0 8.51 0 4
Springburn/Robroyston 43.06 2 39.70 2 10.36 0 3.44 0 1.29 0 2.15 0 4
East Centre 45.38 2 36.21 2 13.39 0 2.66 0 0 0 2.35 0 4
Shettleston 37.76 2 36.71 1 18.10 1 2.94 0 1.09 0 3.40 0 4
Baillieston 44.56 1 28.81 1 20.97 1 2.29 0 1.92 0 1.46 0 3
North East 39.63 2 35.18 1 12.14 0 2.36 0 0 0 10.68 0 3
Dennistoun 38.79 1 31.49 1 7.78 0 19.49 1 2.45 0 0 0 3
Partick East/Kelvindale 34.30 1 17.57 1 22.21 1 16.42 1 8.45 0 1.04 0 4
Total 40.96 39 30.20 31 14.59 8 8.70 7 2.92 0 2.62 0 85

Ward resultsEdit

Ward 1: LinnEdit

  • 2012 2 × Lab; 1 × SNP; 1 × Lib Dem
  • 2017 2 x SNP; 1 x Lab; 1 x Con
  • 2012–2017 Change SNP and Con gain each one seat from Lab and Lib Dem