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Elections May 2007
Election Results At Highland Council
Caithness Results - Councillors elected showing the Single Transferable Vote - First Preferences
To see the full result with additional votes transferred click the ward link.
Turn out = 57.26% Valid votes = 4,631 Quota = 927
David Bremner (SNP) 871, Willie Mackay (Independent) 845, David Flear (LibDem) 805, Robert Coghill (Independent) 657
Turn out 52.97% Valid votes = 3,324 Quota = 832
Donnie Mackay (Independent) 1001, John Rosie (Independent) 704, Marion Thurso (Lib Dem 541
Turn out 46.35% Valid votes = 2,621 Quota = 656
Bill Fernie (Independent) 793, Katrina MacNab (Independent) 451, Graeme Smith (LibDem) 407
Political Make Up Of Highland
Council From 4th May 2007
31 May 07
The Highland Council today (Thursday) agreed its new committee structure and its team of office-bearers. With the exception of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee, all the office-bearers are members of the new Independent/Scottish National Party Administration.
At its first meeting on 17 May, the Council elected Councillor Sandy Park (Independent) as Convener and Councillor Jean Urquhart (SNP) as Vice-Convener.
The full committee structure and office-bearers are as follows:
Education Culture and Sport Committee:
Housing and Social Work Committee:
Planning Environment and Development Committee:
Transport Environmental and Community Services Committee:
Audit and Scrutiny Committee:
City of Inverness Committee:
Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross Planning Applications and
Ross Skye and Lochaber Planning Applications and Review Committee:
Inverness Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Planning Applications and
Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross Licensing Committee:
Ross Skye and Lochaber Licensing Committee:
Inverness Nairn and Badenoch and Strathspey Licensing Committee:
The Special Responsibility Allowances paid to Chairmen of the Strategic Committees is £23,600 and the payment to Chairmen of Area Planning and Licensing Committees is £19,600. The Vice-Chairmen of Resources, Education, Culture and Sport, Housing and Social Work, Planning, Environment and Development and Transport Environmental and Community Services will be paid £18,600. Other posts of Vice-Chairmen are not remunerated.
The Convener will receive an allowance of £36,000. The Vice-Convener will be paid £27,041.
The allowances include the £15,492 paid as a salary to each of the 80 councillors, who serve on the Council in 14 four-member and 8 three-member wards.
Candidates Information will be added here as it is announced
All Highland Council Wards Candidates
The Council Elections Will Use the Single Transferable Vote system for
the first time in 2007. Here are a couple of links to help understand
the new system
The Council Elections Will Use the Single Transferable Vote system for the first time in 2007. Here are a couple of links to help understand the new system
Candidates In Caithness For Highland Council
as at 28 Feb 2007
Political Make Up Of Highland Councillors At
Present (to 3 May 2007)
Wick – 8 Candidates - 3 to be elected
Laurel Bush - Independent
Bill Fernie – Independent – currently Councillor Wick West
Katrina MacNab – Independent – currently Councillor Pulteneytown
Heather Miller - Independent
Jim Oag – Labour – previously a councillor for Pulteneytown
Graeme Smith – LibDem – currently Councillor Wick
Niall Smith - SNP
Thurso – 7 Candidates - 3 to be elected
Alexander Bain (Conservative)
Ian Grant - Independent
Donnie Mackay – Independent – currently councillor for Thurso Central
Donald Mackintosh - Scottish National Party (SNP)
John Rosie - Independent
Roger Saxon – Labour – currently Councillor Thurso West
Marion Thurso - LibDem
Caithness Landward –
David Bremner - Scottish National Party (SNP)
Robert Coghill - Independent
David Flear – LibDem – currently councillor for Caithness Central
Alastair MacDonald – LibDem – currently Councillor Caithness North West
Willie Mackay MBE - Independent
Bill Mowat - Labour
Colin Sutherland (Conservative)
Duncan Winfield - Independent
Not Standing in 2007 Election
Other Candidates Get In Touch
11 April 07
11 April 07
The elections for the 80 seats on The Highland Council, being held on Thursday 3 May, will involve 183 candidates contesting all of the 22 new multi-member wards.
The breakdown of candidates is as follows: - 72 Independents; 22 Conservative; 22 Labour; 22 Liberal Democrats; 22 Scottish National Party; 3 Green; 2 Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party; 2 Solidarity; 2 Solidarity - Scotland's Socialist Movement; 1 Scottish Socialist Party - Scrap Council Tax and 1 Liberal Democrat Focus Team. 12 candidates gave no description of their affiliation.
In 2003, there were 170 candidates , 20 of whom were returned without contest and in 1999, there were 172 candidates, 22 of whom were returned without contest.
11 candidates are seeking election in three wards - the four-member North West and Central Sutherland ward; the three-member East Sutherland and Edderton ward and the four-member Fort William and Ardnamurchan ward.
There are 10 candidates seeking election in the three-member Tain and Easter Ross ward; the three-member Caol and Mallaig ward; and the four-member Inverness Ness-side ward.
49 sitting councillors are seeking re-election, while 30 are retiring. There is one vacancy on the 80-member council.
There is no period for withdrawal of nominations.
Results of the elections are due by 2 pm on Friday 4 May.