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Aberdeen City Council represents the Aberdeen City council area of Scotland.

Aberdeen City Council

Scots: Aiberdeen Ceitie Cooncil
Scottish Gaelic: Comhairle Cathair Obar Dheathain
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen City Council
Coat of arms of Aberdeen City Council
Coat of arms
Official logo of Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen City in Scotland.svg
Sovereign StateUnited Kingdom
Constituent CountryScotland
Admin HQAberdeen
Government
 • BodyAberdeen City Council
 • ControlInd + Con (council NOC)
 • MPsKirsty Blackman
Colin Clark
Ross Thomson
 • MSPsMark McDonald
Kevin Stewart
Maureen Watt
Area
 • Total71.7 sq mi (185.7 km2)
Area rankRanked 25th
Population
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total228,800
 • RankRanked 8th
 • Density3,200/sq mi (1,200/km2)
ONS codeS12000033
ISO 3166 codeGB-ABE
Websiteaberdeencity.gov.uk

The council area was created in 1996, under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994. However, a sense of Aberdeen as a city, with its own city council, can be traced back to 1900, when the county of the city of Aberdeen was created.

In 1975, under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, counties of cities were abolished. The area of the former county of a city was combined with Bucksburn, Dyce, Newhills, Old Machar, Peterculter and the Stoneywood areas of the county of Aberdeen, and the Nigg area of the county of Kincardine, (including Cove Bay) to form the Aberdeen district of the Grampian region. This district became the now existing unitary council area in 1996.

On 9 May 1995, by resolution under section 23 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, the City of Aberdeen Council changed the name of the local government area of "City of Aberdeen" to "Aberdeen City".[1]

CompositionEdit

 
Aberdeen City Council Chamber

Between 2003 and 2007, the council was under the control of a Liberal Democrat and Conservative coalition, holding 23 of the 43 seats on the council. Prior to the 2003 election, the council had been considered a Labour stronghold.[2] Following the May 2007 election, contested for the first time using a system of proportional representation, the Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party (SNP) formed a coalition to run the council, holding 27 of the 43 seats (following an SNP by election gain from the Conservatives on 16 August 2007, the coalition held 28 of the 43 seats). Two Liberal Democrat councillors became independents during this period due to personal controversies, while the Conservative group split in August 2010, with two councillors forming the Independent Alliance Group.

After the May 2012 election, the control of the council shifted back to the Labour Party, supported in a coalition by three Conservative and three Independent councillors, giving the administration 23 seats.[3]

The Labour/Conservative/Independent coalition continued after the 2017 election, but with a change in the balance of power within the coalition. Labour were reduced to nine councillors (subsequently suspended from membership by the Scottish Labour Party for forming a coalition with the Conservatives), whilst the Conservatives had eleven councillors elected.[4] These Conservative and suspended "Aberdeen Labour" councillors were joined in coalition by three Independent councillors, one of who had left the Liberal Democrats just days after the council election.

Aberdeen City Council comprises 45 councillors, who represent the city's wards, and is headed by the Lord Provost.[5] The Council has Co-Leaders as a result of the coalition agreement. Douglas Lumsden and Jenny Laing are the current Co-Leaders.[4]

Political composition:

Chief Officials:

  • Chief Executive - Angela Scott
  • Director of Resources - Stephen Whyte
  • Chief Officer - Governance - Fraser Bell

Council StructureEdit

Before May 2007, councillors represented 43 single-member wards election on a first-past-the-post basis.

On 5 May 2007, the single transferable vote system was used for the first time and multi-member wards were introduced, each ward electing three or four councillors. The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland completed its final recommendations for new wards for all the council areas of Scotland.

Aberdeen is divided into 13 multi-member wards, electing a total of 45 councillors. This system was introduced as a result of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, and is designed to produce a form of proportional representation.[6]

Current multi-ward member systemEdit

As of 4 May 2017, the current wards and representative numbers are:

 
Current Aberdeen wards by number
Ward Number of councillors
1. Dyce/Bucksburn/Danestone 4 members
2. Bridge of Don 4 members
3. Kingswells/Sheddocksley/Summerhill 3 members
4. Northfield/Mastrick North 3 members
5. Hilton/Woodside/Stockethill 3 members
6. Tillydrone/Seaton/Old Aberdeen 3 members
7. Midstocket/Rosemount 3 members
8. George Street/Harbour 4 members
9. Lower Deeside 3 members
10. Hazlehead/Ashley/Queens Cross 4 members
11. Airyhall/Broomhill/Garthdee 3 members
12. Torry/Ferryhill 4 members
13. Kincorth/Nigg/Cove 4 members

Election resultsEdit

2017Edit

Aberdeen City Local Election Result 2017
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SNP 19 - - +4 42.2% 32.6% 22,690 +1.3%
  Conservative 11 - - +8 24.4% 25.0% 17,427 +15.4%
  Labour 9 - - -8 17.8% 16.9% 11,784 -12.8%
  Liberal Democrats 4 - - -1 8.9% 15.4% 10,753 +0.3%
  Independent 2 - - -1 4.4% 7.5% 5,195 -3.7%
  Scottish Green 0 - - - 0 2.3% 1,538 -0.2%
  UKIP 0 - - - 0 0.3% 202 +0.2%
  National Front 0 - - - 0 39
  Libertarian 0 - - - 0 31
  Solidarity 0 - - - 0 28

2012Edit

Aberdeen City Local Election Result 2012
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 17 7 0 7 39.5 29.7% 16,264
  SNP 15 4 1 3 34.9 31.3% 17,131
  Liberal Democrats 5 0 10 -10 11.6 15.1% 8,293
  Conservative 3 0 2 -2 7.0 9.7% 5,285
  Independent 3

Note: The net gain/loss and percentage changes relate to the result of the previous Scottish local elections on 3 May 2007. This may differ from other published sources showing gain/loss relative to seats held at dissolution of Scotland's councils.

2007Edit

Aberdeen City Local Election Result 2007[7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrats 15 N/A N/A -5 34.9 26.9 20,845
  SNP 12 N/A N/A +6 27.9 29.5 22,791
  Labour 10 N/A N/A -3 23.3 24.6 19,003
  Conservative 5 N/A N/A +2 11.6 14.1 10,889
  Independent 1 N/A N/A 0 2.3 2.7 2,090
  Scottish Green 0 N/A N/A 0 0.0 1.6 1,204
  Solidarity 0 N/A N/A 0 0.0 0.3 248
  Scottish Socialist 0 N/A N/A 0 0.0 0.3 218
  BNP 0 N/A N/A 0 0.0 0.1 81

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Scottish Statutory Instrument 2011 No. 443
  2. ^ David, Scott (30 December 2002). "Labour is set to lose council strongholds in elections". The Scotsman. Archived from the original on 9 January 2006.
  3. ^ "Labour-Conservative administration to run Aberdeen City Council". BBC News. 9 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Labour councillors in Aberdeen suspended over Tory coalition". BBC News. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Aberdeen Provost says Labour coalition row will be resolved". BBC News. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Scottish elections 2007". The Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 27 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-08.
  7. ^ "Local Election Results 3rd May 2007" (PDF). Local Election Archive Project. Retrieved 5 April 2011.

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