Edinburgh council elections 2022: ward-by-ward analysis: Pentland Hills
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Both the Tories and the SNP put up second candidates in a bid to win the ward's new fourth seat. But there were enough surplus votes from Cllr Bruce to get fellow Conservative Sue Webber elected comfortably.
The ward – geographically the largest in the city – takes in Wester Hailes, Juniper Green, Currie, Balerno and Ratho.
Ricky Henderson is standing down after 23 years on the council and Sue Webber is going after five, following her election as a Lothian MSP at last year’s Holyrood elections.
Cllrs Bruce and Gardiner can be reasonably certain of being returned and Labour appears confident it can get new candidate Stephen Jenkinson, an IT specialist, elected.
Both the Tories and SNP are fielding two candidates again. Emma Gilchrist, who works for a property company carrying out energy assessments, is standing alongside Graeme Bruce for the Tories and Fiona Glasgow, a support worker for adults with learning disabilities, joins Neil Gardiner under the SNP banner, setting up a battle for that fourth seat between the Conservatives and Nationalists.
2017: Conservatives 41.3 per cent; SN 28.8 per cent; Labour 20.6 per cent; Lib Dens .9 per cent; Greens 4.3 per cent.
Current councillors: Graeme Bruce (Con); Neil Gardiner (SNP); Ricky Henderson (Lab); Sue Webber (Con).
BRUCE , Graeme – Scottish Conservative and Unionist
CHAPPELL, Michael William – Scottish Liberal Democrats
FETTES, Richard – Scottish Family Party: Pro-Family, Pro-Marriage, Pro-Life
GARDINER, Neil Thomas – Scottish National Party (SNP)
GILCHRIST, Emma – Scottish Conservative and Unionist
GLASGOW, Fiona – Scottish National Party (SNP)
JENKINSON, Stephen Philip – Scottish Labour Party
MULLER, Ross – Scottish Green Party
ROWLANDS, Louis – Scottish Libertarian Party