One of Scotland’s youngest councillors elected in Argyll

Dunoon elected one of Argyll and Bute’s and Scotland’s youngest councillors, Conservative candidate Daniel Hampsey, aged 18. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

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One of Scotland’s youngest ever councillors was elected in Dunoon.

Conservative candidate Daniel Hampsey, 18, and another new councillor, the Liberal Democrats’ Ross Moreland, will represent the ward over the council’s next five-year term.

Councillor Ross Moreland. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

SNP candidate Audrey Forrest, the only incumbent councillor for the ward who sought re-election, also won back her place.

Councillor Hampsey said: ‘I want to help our young people, and I want to help make Dunoon, and Argyll and Bute, a better place.’

In Cowal, two incumbent councillors were re-elected: the SNP’s Gordon Blair, and the Conservatives’ Yvonne McNeilly. They were joined by the Liberal Democrat candidate William Sinclair.

In the Isle of Bute, Independent candidate Liz McCabe, voted on to the council in a by-election last year, was voted back in again. She will be joined on the council by Conservative candidate Peter Wallace, and the SNP’s Reeni Kennedy-Boyle.

Councillor Reeni Kennedy Boyle. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

But independent candidate, Jean Moffat, was not re-elected, having served on the authority since 2017. Councillor Kennedy-Boyle said: ‘Bute has lost a really hardworking and dedicated councillor.’

For the first time in four decades, Bute has elected a Conservative councillor, Peter Wallace. Councillor Wallace said: ‘Fifth time lucky. It has been a long 15 years, but Bute has once again elected a Conservative councillor after 40 years.’

For the first time in 40 years Bute has elected a Conservative councillor, Peter Wallace. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

In Lomond North, a former councillor and MSP returned to the council after five years away – but a long-serving councillor’s tenure ended.

The Conservatives’ Maurice Corry, who was a councillor from 2012 to 2017, was elected to represent the ward from 2022. The SNP’s Iain S Paterson was also re-elected, while independent candidate Mark Irvine, husband of TV antiques expert Roo Irvine, completed the trio who won seats.

Newly-elected Independent councillor in Lomond North Ward, Mark Irvine is married to BBC Bargain Hunt expert Roo (Arusha) Irvine. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

Councillor Irvine said: ‘My journey has taken a lot longer than most. It has taken me six months, and starting as an independent from nowhere is a huge challenge.’

Independent candidate George Freeman, a councillor since 1999, was not re-elected, ending his long stay on the council.

George Freeman

In Helensburgh and Lomond South, the most recent provost of Argyll and Bute Council lost his seat.

Conservative candidate David Kinniburgh was not re-elected to the council he has been on since 2007.

David Kinniburgh

His party colleague Gemma Penfold, first elected to the council in a by-election last year, was returned to the council.

Councillor Penfold said: ‘I am extremely sad that David has not been elected. He has been a huge help over the last year.

‘I also look forward to being part of something which I hope is the best council yet.’

The Lib Dem’s Paul Kennedy,  a cousin of the party’s late leader Charles Kennedy, and the SNP’s Math Campbell-Sturgess also won seats in the ward.

Councillor Campbell-Sturgess added: ‘I seem to be the last SNP councillor to be elected today. Here it has been a good day for the SNP.’

In Helensburgh Central, the council’s last deputy leader was re-elected, alongside two new councillors.

Conservatives candidate Gary Mulvaney was re-elected, as was Liberal Democrat candidate Graham Hardie. The ward’s two new faces are the Scottish Labour Party’s Fiona Howard, and the SNP’s Ian MacQuire.

Ian MacQuire.

Councillor Mulvaney said: ‘This is my fifth time, and you never take anything for granted. Here we are at 5.20pm on a Friday and it shows how seriously we take democracy.’

Labour has an Argyll and Bute councillor once more with Fiona Howard. Councillor Howard said: ‘That was a hell of a job interview, but here I am. I am very proud, but gobsmacked.’