New councillor for Midlothian West

Friday September 11th 2015

Kelly Parry SNP

The SNP hold their council seat as Kelly Parry of the Scottish National Party was elected at Stage 4 with 1,701 votes.

No candidate attained the quota of 1,785. However, as Kelly Parry attained a higher number of votes than the combined total votes credited to the other two remaining candidates (Ian Miller, Labour and Pauline Winchester, Scottish Conservative and Unionist), in terms of paragraph 53 (1A) of the Scottish Local Government Elections Order 2011, Returning Officer Kenneth Lawrie declared Kelly Parry was elected.

The by-election was held after Councillor Owen Thompson stepped down in the summer after becoming the Westminster MP for the Midlothian constituency.

The turnout was 31.2 %.

The candidates and the number of first preference votes each received were as follows:

Jane Davidson, Scottish Liberal Democrats: 162 (5% of vote)

Daya Feldwick, Scottish Green Party: 372 (10%)

Ian Miller, Labour and Co-operative Party: 945 (26%)

Kelly Parry, Scottish National Party: 1,540 (43%)

David Tedford: 25 (1%)

Pauline Winchester, Scottish Conservative and Unionist: 524 (15%)

Total number of ballots received: 3,617
Eligible electorate: 11,582
Percentage turnout: 31.2%
Total number of rejected votes: 49

Total number of valid votes: 3,568

Quota: 1,785

The election on Thursday 10 September with the count held on the Friday, was by the Single Transferable Vote System, a form of proportional representation that uses preferential voting in multi-member constituencies.

Candidates don’t need a majority of votes to be elected, just a known ‘quota’ or share of the votes, determined by the size of the poll and the number of positions to be filled.

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