THE Conservatives are the single largest party on Aberdeenshire Council after winning 23 of the 70 seats in last Thursday’s local council election. That was a gain of nine seats on the previous election.
The SNP claimed 21 seats, down by eight, with the Liberal Democrats on 14, Indepenents 10 and the Labour and Scottish Greens one councillor each.
In Banff and District, former SNP councillor John Cox was returned on an independent ticket.
Conservative Mike Roy was also returned for another term, while Glen Reynolds was elected for the SNP. All three were elected at stage one, with Lib Dem Alison Simpson the one to miss out.
In the Troup ward, Tory candidate Mark Findlater was also returned at stage one, while Independent Hamish Partidge (stage 4) and the SNP’s Ross Cassie (stage 6) were the other successful candidates.
Ray Stephen (Labour), Ricky Taylor (SNP), Sandy Leslie (Lib Dem) all missed out.