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The most recent leader of Argyll and Bute Council has been re-elected – meaning he is set to reach 30 years on the council.
Kintyre and the Islands Liberal Democrat Robin Currie was one of three winning candidates elected to the ward in the council election yesterday (Thursday May 5).
He became the authority’s leader in September 2020 and remained in post right through to the election. He has been on the council since its first elections were held in 1995.
Also elected in the polls were Dougie McFadzean (SNP), a newcomer to the council, and John McAlpine (Independent), who served on the council in the past but lost his seat in the 2017 election.
But independent candidate Alastair Redman will not return to the council he had been a member of since 2017, having narrowly failed in his bid to be re-elected.
He and Councillor Currie had an equal total of 474 first preference votes, with Councillor Currie prevailing at stage six of voting.
The council’s next full meeting, expected to be later this month, will decide who will become leader for the authority’s new term, along with the posts of depute leader, provost and depute provost.
The result was revealed at Lochgilphead Joint Campus today (Friday May 6), with votes having been counted since first thing in the morning.
The election took place under the single transferrable vote system. The result, with first preference votes listed for every candidate, was:
- Robin Currie (Scottish Liberal Democrats) – 474 (elected at stage six of voting)
- Jane Kelly (Scottish Labour) – 122
- John McAlpine (Independent) – 680
- Dougie McFadzean (SNP) – 863
- Alec McNeilly (Scottish Conservative) – 276
- Alastair Redman (Independent) – 474
The turnout for the ward was 54.6 per cent.