Full results confirm highest ever SNP vote share




The SNP has today (Sunday) published a final analysis of all first preference votes in Thursday’s Scottish Local Government elections, which confirms that it outpolled all other parties, for the first time in its history in a local government election.

Although the SNP won a slightly higher number of seats than the Labour Party in 2007, it was the latter who secured the largest number of votes. However, in Thursday’s election the SNP overtook Labour and increased its vote share to 32.32%, with Labour behind on 31.39%.

This represents a 4.46% increase on the SNP’s 2007 performance, with Labour’s vote going up by 3.24%, the Tory vote falling by 2.26% and the Lib Dem vote falling by 6.10%.

In addition, 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 424 – an increase of 17%. Labour increased their number of councillors by 46 to 394 – a 13% increase.

SNP Campaign Director Derek Mackay said:

“This was a triple success for the SNP – more votes, more councillors, and more gains than any other party, which means that with over half-a-million votes we are in an even stronger position to represent and deliver for local people.

“There can be no doubt about who the winner was in this election - the SNP have now won four out of the last five national elections in Scotland – and we also beat Labour in terms of the increase in votes and increase in number of councillors.

“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.

“Labour may have gained 13% more seats in Scotland – compared to the SNP’s 17% increase – but their performance north of the Border was nothing like that in England, where they increased their number of seats by 82%. It’s not just a tale of two governments – it’s also a tale of two oppositions as well.

“SNP Council groups all over Scotland will now work with others and with the Scottish Government to deliver the progressive policies that we all want to see.”


1) The final results of all first preference votes are as follows:

SNP 502,201 - 32.32% (+4.46% on 2007)
Lab 487,884 - 31.39% (+3.24%)
Con 206,856 - 13.31% (-2.26%)
LD 102,399 - 6.59% (-6.10%)
Grn 34,252 - 2.20% (+0.16%)
Ind 184,329 - 11.86% (+0.98%)
Oth 36,055 - 2.32% (+0.9%)

2) This has been accompanied by SNP achieving the largest number of Councillors, and also the largest number of gains, doubling its lead in seats over Labour:

Scottish National Party – 424 (+62)
Labour Party – 394 (+46)
Conservative Party – 115 (-29)
Liberal Democrats – 71 (-95)
Green – 14 (+6)
Ind – 194 (+12)
Oth – 8 (-3)

3) The SNP are now the largest single Party on 11 Councils – up from 6 in 2007: Angus, Dundee (both overall majorities), Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, East Ayrshire, Eilean Siar, Highland, Moray, North Ayrshire, Perth & Kinross and Stirling. The SNP is also the joint largest party on three more – Clackmannanshire, Midlothian and East Dunbartonshire.

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