1973 Scottish local elections

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Map of Scottish local government divisions prior to the 1974 reforms.

Local elections were held in Scotland in 1973, as part of that years wider British local elections.

The municipal elections, held on 1 May, saw Labour doing reasonably well; increasing their majority in Glasgow and becoming the largest group on Perth council for the first time. Labour also maintained its 18-17 leader over the Progressives in Dundee. Simultaneously however Labour also failed in its attempt to gain a majority in Edinburgh.[1]

Municipal Elections Aggregate Results[edit]

Scottish Municipal Elections, 1973[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 33 23 Increase10
  Conservative 14 10 Increase4
  SNP 6 4 Increase2
  Liberal 3 2 Increase1
  Progressives 0 7 Decrease7
  Communist 4 0 Increase4
  Other parties 3 30 Decrease27

Municipal Breakdown[2][edit]

Council Labour Conservative SNP Liberal Independent Other Turnout Total Seats Contested Control
Details
Abernethy 0 0 0 0 3 (Steady) 0 62% 3 Independent Details
Airdrie 4 (Increase1) 1 (Decrease1) 0 0 0 0 43.4% 3 Labour Details
Alloa 2 (Steady) 0 0 0 0 0 40% 2 Labour Details
Aberdeen 7 (Decrease1) 4 (Increase1) 0 1 (Increase1) 0 (Decrease1) 0 27.4% 12 Labour Details
Clydebank 5 (Steady) 1 (Steady) (Steady) (Steady) (Steady) (Steady) 6 Labour Details
Coatbridge 5 (Increase3) 1 (Decrease3) 6 Details
Cumbernauld 3 (Steady) 0 5 (Steady) 0 0 0 8 (of 21) SNP Details
Dumbarton 3(Steady) 29.8 3 Labour Details
Dundee 7 (Steady) 6 (Steady) 0 0 0 0 13 (of 36) Labour Details
Dunoon (Increase1) (Decrease1) Independent Details
Edinburgh 13 (Steady) 9 (Increase1) 0 3 (Increase1) 0 (Decrease1) 1 (Decrease1) 26 (of 69) No overall control Details
Glasgow 26 (Increase4) 11 (Increase1) 0 0 0 0 (Decrease5) 30.5% 37 (of 113) Labour Details
Greenock 6(Increase1) 0 0 2(Decrease1) 0 0 40% 8 (of 27) Labour Details
Gourock 1(Steady) 2(Steady) 51.3 3 Independent Details
Inverness (Decrease2) (Increase1) 31.2 (of 21) Independent Details
Kirkaldy 4(Decrease1) 1(Increase1) 1(Increase1) 4 (Decrease1) 39.3 10 No overall control Details
Peebles 0 0 0 0 5 (Steady) 0 5 (of 15) Independent Details
Penicuik (Decrease1) (Increase1) (of 21) Independent Details
Perth (Increase3) (Decrease1) (Decrease2) 8 (of 24) No overall control Details
Port Glasgow 1(Steady) 1(Steady) 35.9 2 Independent Details
Stirling 10(Increase1) 0 6(Decrease1) 0 5(Steady) 0 7 (of 21) Labour Details
Stornoway 0 0 0 0 3(Steady) 0 37.6% 3 Independent Details

In a number of burghs there were no contests, with candidates being returned unopposed.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Labour on top in day of record low polling". The Glasgow Herald. 2 May 1973. p. 1.
  2. ^ a b "Results in the Municipal Elections". The Glasgow Herald. 2 May 1972. p. 2.