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Moray local election results in full: Conservatives gain three seats while SNP lose one


By Ewan Malcolm

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Moray Conservative Group...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Moray Conservative Group...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

THE Conservatives gained three seats in Moray while the SNP lost one in today's local council election.

The Tories are now the largest party in Moray Council with 11 councillors, while the SNP have eight.

The Tory gain in Moray is one of the few positives for the party after they lost 63 seats nationwide today.

Moray's Conservative MP Douglas Ross said: "We've elected more Scottish Conservative councillors than ever before in Moray.

"We have gone forward and the SNP have gone backwards – losing a seat.

"There's no doubt the SNP minority administration has lost the right to run Moray Council."

Graham Leadbitter (SNP), former council leader, said: "We have massively closed the gap on the Conservatives.

"The Conservatives were 1000 votes ahead of us in the last election in Moray and they're now about 100 ahead. So that's a big increase in our vote.

"We will be having tough conversations with other parties and trying to form an administration. Our aim is to form a stable administration to take the council forward."

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead (SNP) said: "Locally, the SNP has a team of eight talented councillors ready to serve Moray including some new faces that were elected with very impressive levels of support but I am sorry we lost Dave Bremner a valued colleague."

He added: "It's now down to the negotiations between the parties to decide who runs the next Moray Council and I wish to congratulate all the new councillors elected and everyone who voted in this election."

Elsewhere in Moray, Labour had three councillors (up two from 2017) elected, while the Greens and Lib Dems, having had no councillors previously, got one each.

The Green councillor (Draeyk Van der Horn, Forres) is the first ever from the party to be elected in Moray.

Draeyk Van Der Horn...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Draeyk Van Der Horn...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

While Labour councillor Ben Williams (Fochabers-Lhanbryde) is believed to be the youngest ever at 19.

Labour candidate Ben Williams and agent Stewart MacLennan...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Labour candidate Ben Williams and agent Stewart MacLennan...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Two independent councillors were also elected.

The results for all eight wards in Moray are as follows, with first preference votes shown beside the winning candidates.

Click ward name for a full breakdown.

Speyside Glenlivet

Elected candidates for Ward 1 Speyside Glenlivet from left David Gordon, Juli Harris and Derek Ross...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Elected candidates for Ward 1 Speyside Glenlivet from left David Gordon, Juli Harris and Derek Ross...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Juli Harris (SNP) - 1227

David Gordon (Conservatives) - 1129

Derek Ross (Independent) - 672

Keith and Cullen

Elected candidates for Keith Cullen ward from left are Tracy Coyler, Theresa Coull and Donald Gatt...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Elected candidates for Keith Cullen ward from left are Tracy Coyler, Theresa Coull and Donald Gatt...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Theresa Coull (SNP) - 1493

Donald Gatt (Conservatives) - 849

Tracy Coyler (Conservatives) - 650

Buckie (uncontested)

The Buckie Ward is declared...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
The Buckie Ward is declared...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Sonya Warren (SNP)

Neil McLennan (Conservatives)

Christopher Thomas Price (Lib Dems)

Fochabers Lhanbryde

Elected candidates for Ward 4 Fochabers and Lhabryde from left Shona Morrison, Marc Macrae and Ben Williams..Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Elected candidates for Ward 4 Fochabers and Lhabryde from left Shona Morrison, Marc Macrae and Ben Williams..Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Marc Macrae (Conservatives) - 1590

Shona Morrison (SNP) - 940

Ben Williams (Labour) - 404

Heldon and Laich

Heldon & Laich councillors from left James Allan, Bridget Mustard, Neil Cameron and John Cowe...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Heldon & Laich councillors from left James Allan, Bridget Mustard, Neil Cameron and John Cowe...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Neil Cameron (SNP) 1455

James Allan (Conservatives) - 1331

John Cowe (Independent) - 914

Bridget Mustard (Conservatives) - 629

Elgin City North

Elected candidates for Elgin City North from left are Jérémie Fernandes, Amber Dunbar and Sandy Keith...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Elected candidates for Elgin City North from left are Jérémie Fernandes, Amber Dunbar and Sandy Keith...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Jérémie Fernandes (SNP) - 1199

Sandy Keith (Labour) - 1048

Amber Dunbar (Conservatives) - 952

Elgin City South

Elected candidates from Elgin City South from left are Graham Leadbitter, Peter Bloomfield and John Divers...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Elected candidates from Elgin City South from left are Graham Leadbitter, Peter Bloomfield and John Divers...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Graham Leadbitter (SNP) - 1444

John Divers (Labour) - 1142

Peter Bloomfield (Conservatives) - 1090

Forres

Elected Forres candidates from left Paul McBain, Draeyk Van Der Horn, Kathleen Robertson and Scott Lawrence...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Elected Forres candidates from left Paul McBain, Draeyk Van Der Horn, Kathleen Robertson and Scott Lawrence...Moray Council Local Election May 2022...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Scott Lawrence (SNP) - 2077

Kathleen Robertson (Conservatives) - 1516

Paul McBain (Conservatives) - 962

Draeyk Van Der Horn (Greens) - 550


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