2017 Orkney Islands Council election

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2017 Orkney Islands Council election
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All 21 seats to Orkney Islands Council
11 seats needed for a majority
Turnout7,470 (49.7%)
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Steven Heddle Rachael King[1] Steve Sankey
Party Independent Orkney Manifesto Group Scottish Green
Last election 21 seats, 97%
Seats won 18 2 1
Seat change Decrease3 Increase2 Increase1
First preferences 6,483 934 350
First preferences (%) 83.5% 12.0% 4.5%
Swing (pp) Decrease13.4% Increase12.0% Increase4.5%

Council Leader before election

Steven Heddle
Independent

Council Leader after election

TBD

The 2017 Orkney Council election took place on 4 May 2017 to elect members of Orkney Islands Council. The election used the six wards created as a result of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, with each ward electing three or four Councillors using the single transferable vote system a form of proportional representation, with 21 Councillors being elected.

The Scottish Green Party contested 2 wards in Orkney for the first time. Another group; the Orkney Manifesto Group, ran as a registered party for the first time. The OMG advocates the politicisation of the Orkney Islands Council, however is unaffiliated to any national party. The group has a Liberal-Left political outlook.[2]

Election result[edit]

Orkney Local Election Result 2017[3][4]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Independent 18 Steady Decrease 3 Decrease 3 85.7 83.20 6,162 -11.2
  Orkney Manifesto Group 2 Increase 2 Steady Increase 2* 9.5 12.07 894 N/A
  Scottish Green 1 Increase 1 Steady Increase1 4.8 4.73 350 N/A
  • The OMG councillors had been previously elected as Independents. 2017 was the first election they stood under the OMG slate.

Ward results[edit]

Kirkwall East[edit]

  • 2007: 4xIndependent
  • 2012: 4xIndependent
  • 2017: 4xIndependent
  • 2012-2017 Change: No change
Kirkwall East - 4 seats[5]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Independent Steven Heddle (incumbent) 29.13 474            
Independent Gwenda Shearer (incumbent) 21.14 344            
Independent John Ross Scott 17.89 291 328.8          
Independent David Dawson 15.73 256 294.1 299.4 300.1 302.2 322.8 356.7
Independent Rikki Lidderdale 6.95 113 139.9 143.7 144.3 146.4 165.5 188.7
Independent Ingirid Windwick Jolly 4.61 75 90.0 92.6 93.0 96.4 116.4  
Independent Mike Berston 3.69 60 75.6 78.3 78.6 80.7    
Independent Paul Dawson 0.86 14 15.9 16.1 16.3      
Electorate: 3,470   Valid: 1,627   Spoilt: 14   Quota: 326   Turnout: 1,641 (47.3%)

Kirkwall West & Orphir[edit]

  • 2007: 4xIndependent
  • 2012: 4xIndependent
  • 2017: 3xIndependent; 1xOMG
  • 2012-2017 Change: 1 OMG gain from Independent
Kirkwall West & Orphir - 4 seats[6]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Independent Leslie Manson (incumbent) 44.64 646            
Orkney Manifesto Group John Richards (incumbent) 23.01 333            
Independent Sandy Cowie 11.06 160 244.9 255.8 257.2 283.0 283.1 356.1
Independent Barbara Foulkes 10.37 150 256.4 267.3 269.4 290.2    
Independent Barbara Leslie 7.53 109 152.5 158.6 161.8 177.2 177.2  
Independent Alastair Macleod 2.70 39 83.6 88.0 93.6      
Independent Max Thomas 0.69 10 16.6 17.8        
Electorate: 3,466   Valid: 1,447   Spoilt: 19   Quota: 290   Turnout: 1,466 (42.3%)

Stromness and South Isles[edit]

  • 2007: 3xIndependent
  • 2012: 3xIndependent
  • 2017: 3xIndependent
  • 2012-2017 Change: No change
Stromness and South Isles - 3 seats[7]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1
Independent Rob Crichton (incumbent) unopposed unopposed
Independent James Stockan (incumbent) unopposed unopposed
Independent Magnus Thomson unopposed unopposed

West Mainland[edit]

  • 2007: 4xIndependent
  • 2012: 4xIndependent
  • 2017: 3xIndependent, 1xOMG
  • 2012-2017 Change: 1 OMG gain from Independent
West Mainland - 4 seats[8]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Orkney Manifesto Group Rachael King (incumbent) 30.61 561          
Independent Harvey Johnston (incumbent) 29.24 536          
Independent Owen Tierney (incumbent) 20.19 370          
Independent Duncan Allan Tullock 10.42 191 245.3 327.6 328.8 344.5 369.9
Independent Jo Jones 3.82 70 106.3 130.9 131.3 143.0 170.6
Scottish Green Helen Kathleen Woodsward-Dean 3.60 66 95.4 104.5 104.8 114.8  
Independent Sean Michael Lewis 2.13 39 51.4 60.0 60.2    
Electorate: 3,538   Valid: 1,833   Spoilt: 14   Quota: 367   Turnout: 1,847 (52.2%)

East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray[edit]

  • 2007: 3xIndependent
  • 2012: 3xIndependent
  • 2017: 2xIndependent, 1xGreen
  • 2012-2017 Change: 1 Green gain from Independent
East Mainland, South Ronaldsay & Burray - 3 seats[9]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
Independent Andrew Drever (incumbent) 35.74 509      
Scottish Green Steve Sankey 19.94 284 301.9 383.4  
Independent Norman Rae Craigie 16.71 238 281.9 354.2 362.6
Independent John Stanley Groundwater 14.12 201 229.4    
Independent Jim Foubister (incumbent) 13.48 192 231.4 265.4 269.6
Electorate: 2,725   Valid: 1,424   Spoilt: 12   Quota: 357   Turnout: 1,436 (52.7%)

North Isles[edit]

  • 2007: 3xIndependent
  • 2012: 3xIndependent
  • 2017: 3xIndependent
  • 2012-2017 Change: No change
North Isles - 3 seats[10]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Independent Graham Sinclair (incumbent) 26.98 290              
Independent Kevin Woodbridge 23.81 256 261.4 274.5          
Independent Stephen Clackson (incumbent) 18.33 197 200.6 207.9 209.0 219.4 231.5 247.1 321.9
Independent Stuart Roy McIvor 10.98 118 120.5 124.6 125.6 132.7 143.2 168.2  
Independent Ralph Stevenson 6.51 70 72.9 77.2 78.1 92.4 121.7    
Independent Simon Tarry 6.51 70 72.8 72.9 73.5 78.6      
Independent George Arthur Mowat-Brown 3.35 39 39.5 40.6 41.1        
Independent Billy Muir 3.26 35 36.1            
Electorate: 1,840   Valid: 1,075   Spoilt: 5   Quota: 269   Turnout: 1,080 (58.7%)

Footnotes[edit]