SNP's local election success reviewed in figures

Derek Mackay looks back at the council elections

“The May 2012 council elections were an unqualified success for the SNP and it was privilege to serve as the Campaign Director. We secured the most councillors, the most gains and, came from second place in 2007 in terms of share of the vote to secure the most first preferences.

“It with great pleasure that I can point to the fact that the SNP have now won four out of the last five national elections in Scotland and, with over half-a-million votes in May’s elections, we are in an even stronger position to represent and deliver for local people and communities as Scotland’s national party.

“The SNP are now involved in 13 council administrations across the country where our councillors will be committed to supporting the most vulnerable in society against UK Government cuts, and working in partnership with the Scottish Government we will develop new schools and infrastructure.

“And the SNP in Holyrood will work with councils of all political persuasions to get the best deals for local communities and help move Scotland forward.

“For a party to achieve this five years into government is truly remarkable, and stands in stark contrast to the hammering that the coalition parties suffered north and south of the border - only two years into their administration.

“The Lib Dems performed disastrously – but so too did the Tories, whose vote fell back in Scotland even from their low water mark of 2007. And while Labour made huge gains across England and Wales, they made no such progress in Scotland against the SNP.”


2012 Council Elections results facts and figures:


  • Angus
  • Dundee City


  • Clackmannanshire
  • North Ayrshire
  • Perth and Kinross


  • Argyll and Bute
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • East Ayrshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • City of Edinburgh
  • Highland
  • Midlothian
  • Scottish Borders


  • In this year’s election the SNP overtook Labour and increased its vote share to 32.31%, with Labour behind on 31.37%.


  • The SNP was the party with the most first preference votes in 16 councils, compared to 14 for Labour.


  • The increase in vote share was accompanied by a doubling of the SNP’s lead in seats over Labour, from 15 in 2007 to 30 now.


  • The number of SNP council seats increased by 62 from 2007 to 425 – an increase of 17%.  Labour increased their number of councillors by 46 to 394 – a 13% increase.
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