South Kintyre election result revealed

Councillors Donald Kelly, left, and John Armour, right, have been re-elected. Councillor MacPherson submitted apologies. Photographs: Kevin McGlynn.
Councillors Donald Kelly, left, and John Armour, right, have been re-elected. Councillor MacPherson submitted apologies. Photographs: Kevin McGlynn.

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Long-serving South Kintyre councillor Rory Colville (Liberal Democrat) has lost his seat on Argyll and Bute Council in the local authority elections.

First elected in 2007, Mr Colville was the only candidate not to be elected to the ward when the public went to the polls yesterday (Thursday May 5).

The SNP’s John Armour, a councillor since 2014, and independent Donald Kelly, a councillor since 2001, have been re-elected.

And they have been joined on the council by a newcomer, Conservative candidate Tommy MacPherson.

The result was revealed at Lochgilphead Joint Campus today (Friday May 6), with votes having been counted since first thing in the morning.

Councillor MacPherson submitted apologies.

The election took place under the single transferrable vote system. The result, with first preference votes listed for every candidate, was:

  • John Armour (SNP) – 773
  • Rory Colville (Scottish Liberal Democrat) – 206
  • Donald Kelly (Independent) – 848
  • Tommy MacPherson (Scottish Conservatives) – 531

The turnout in the ward was 46.9 per cent.