All 1,222 seats to Scottish councils
Colours denote the winning party with outright control
Colours denote the party with the most seats
Colours denote the party with largest share of first preference votes by ward
The Scottish local elections, 2007 were held on 3 May 2007, the same day as Scottish Parliament elections and local elections in parts of England. All 32 Scottish councils had all their seats up for election – all Scottish councils are unitary authorities.
This was the first election for local government in Great Britain to use the Single Transferable Vote (the system is used in Northern Ireland), as implemented by the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004. The new electoral system resulted in most councils being under no overall control.
Scanners supplied by DRS Data Services Limited of Milton Keynes, in partnership with Electoral Reform Services (ERS), the trading arm of the Electoral Reform Society, were used to electronically count the paper ballots in both the Scottish council elections and the Scottish Parliament general election.
The Labour party lost control of all but two of its councils, Glasgow and North Lanarkshire, but received the largest number of votes, while the SNP were the main beneficiaries of the new voting system, picking over 180 new seats. The Scottish Greens elected their first-ever councillors, winning eight seats.
|Party||Councils - majority||Councils - in coalition/minority||Councillors|
|No overall control||27||-||-|
The notional results in the following table are based on a document that John Curtice and Stephen Herbert (Professors at the University of Strathclyde) produced on 3 June 2005, calculating the effect of the introduction of the Single Transferable Vote on the 2003 Scottish Local Elections.
|Council||2003 result||Notional control
(based on 2003 results)
|Aberdeen City||No overall control (LD + Con)||NOC||No overall control (LD + SNP)||Details|
|Aberdeenshire||No overall control (LD + Ind)||NOC||No overall control (LD + Con)||Details|
|Angus||SNP||NOC||No overall control (Ind + Con + LD + Lab)||Details|
|Argyll and Bute||Independent||Independent||No overall control (Ind + SNP)||Details|
|Clackmannanshire||Labour||NOC||Labour (Lab minority)||Details|
|Dumfries and Galloway||Labour (Lab minority)||NOC||No overall control (Con + LD)||Details|
|Dundee City||No overall control (Lab + LD+ Con)||NOC||No overall control (Lab + LD+ Con)||Details|
|East Ayrshire||Labour||Labour||SNP (SNP minority)||Details|
|East Dunbartonshire||Liberal Democrats (LD minority)||NOC||No overall control (Lab + Con)||Details|
|East Lothian||Labour||NOC||No overall control (SNP + LD)||Details|
|East Renfrewshire||No overall control (Lab + LD)||NOC||No overall control (Lab + LD + Ind + Con)||Details|
|City of Edinburgh||Labour (Lab minority)||NOC||No overall control (LD + SNP)||Details|
|Falkirk||No overall control (SNP + Ind + Con)||NOC||No overall control (Lab + Ind + Con)||Details|
|Fife||Labour (Lab minority)||NOC||No overall control (LD + SNP)||Details|
|Highland||Independent||Independent||No overall control (Ind + SNP)||Details|
|Inverclyde||Liberal Democrats||NOC||Labour (Lab minority)||Details|
|Midlothian||Labour||NOC||Labour (Lab minority)||Details|
|Moray||Independent||Independent||No overall control (Ind + Con)||Details|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar||Independent||Independent||Independent||Details|
|North Ayrshire||Labour||Labour||Labour (Lab minority)||Details|
|Perth and Kinross||No overall control (SNP + LD + Ind)||NOC||No overall control (SNP + LD)||Details|
|Renfrewshire||Labour||NOC||No overall control (SNP + LD)||Details|
|Scottish Borders||No overall control (Ind + Con)||NOC||No overall control (Ind + Con + LD)||Details|
|South Ayrshire||Conservative (Con minority)||NOC||Conservative (Con minority)||Details|
|South Lanarkshire||Labour||Labour||Labour (Lab minority)||Details|
|Stirling||Labour (Lab minority)||NOC||Labour (Lab minority)||Details|
|West Dunbartonshire||Labour||Labour||No overall control (SNP + Ind)||Details|
|West Lothian||Labour||NOC||No overall control (SNP + Ind)||Details|