Edinburgh council elections 2022: ward-by-ward analysis: Corstorphine/Murrayfield

Ward 6: Corstorphine/Murrayfield

By Ian Swanson
Wednesday, 27th April 2022, 4:55 am
Updated Monday, 2nd May 2022, 5:59 pm

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Tory candidates have topped the poll here at all three elections since multi-member wards were introduced in 2007. Scott Douglas, councillor since 2017, is standing down and the party has chosen first-time candidate Hugh Findlay in his place.

But there is also a strong history of Lib Dem support in the area – the party won two of the ward's three seats in 2007 and held onto one in 2012 despite the backlash over the trams fiasco which saw the Lib Dems reduced to just three seats across the city.

Lib Dem councillor Gillian Gloyer, who replaced long-serving Paul Edie last time, is also standing down. But the Lib Dems have decided to field two candidates and say they are specifically aiming to oust SNP Lord Provost Frank Ross, who has been a councillor here since 2012.

The two new Lib Dem candidates are Alan Beal, an energy/housing consultant and Edinburgh Street Pastor, and Euan Davidson, a former social worker who is now an aide to Edinburgh West Lib Dem MP Christine Jardine.

Labour got just 7.7 per cent of first preferences in 2017, but new candidate Richard Parker has attracted some attention by launching a petition calling for compensation for local traders whose businesses are threatened by prolonged roadworks on Roseburn Terrace, even though Labour councillors previously voted against such a move.

The ward covers Ravelston, Murrayfield, Roseburn, Saughtonhall, Carrick Knowe and Corstorphine.

Roadworks on Roseburn Terrace are threatening the future of local businesses.

2017: Conservatives 33.4 per cent; Lib Dems 30.6 per cent; SNP 21.6 per cent; Labour 7.7 per cent; Greens 5.2 per cent.

Current councillors: Scott Douglas (Con), Gillian Gloyer (Lib Dem), Franks Ross (SNP).

Electorate 19,470

Candidates

BEAL, Alan Christopher – Scottish Liberal Democrats

COLVILLE, Norman David – Scottish Family Party: Pro-Family, Pro-Marriage, Pro-Life

DAVIDSON, Euan Robert – Scottish Liberal Democrats

FINDLAY, Hugh – Scottish Conservative and Unionist

HUGHES, Connal – Scottish Green Party

PARKER, Richard – Scottish Labour Party

ROSS, Frank – Scottish National Party (SNP)

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