Labour and Greens gain in Leith Wards

The LibDems have lost both their seats in Leith, following a local election which saw them reduced from the largest group on the council to the smallest – with just three councillors city wide. None of the three remaining LibDems are in Leith or Leith Walk.  

The Leith Neighbourhood Partnership, which is comprised of both Leith and Leith Walk wards saw anti-cuts activist Nick Gardner get himself elected in Leith Walk Ward, whilst Chas Booth got elected for the Greens in Leith.

Both had been supporters of the Splashback campaign to re-open Leith Waterworld.   

The SNP had hoped to get two people elected in both Leith Walk and Leith Wards. In the event, only Deidre Brock was returned in Leith Walk, whilst, in one of the big surprises of the contest, the incumbent Rob Munn lost his seat in Leith Walk.

Instead, voters opted to give more of their votes to his younger party colleague, and Adam McVey.

This may have been because he was first on the ballot paper, because of the ‘Leith Water World factor’ or because of bad “voter management” by the SNP who were the only party confident enough to stand two candidates in the Leith Ward.  Most probably it was a combination of all of these things.

Either way, on learning of his election McVey said:

 

 

Whilst he represented Leith Ward, Rob Munn clearly took his work seriously and was always very helpful in resolving local issues that Greener Leith raised. Indeed, re-elected Leith Walk Councillor Maggie Chapman was quick to post her thoughts on the result on Twitter as well: 

 

 

Rob Munn has let it be known that he’s likely to disappear from public life for a bit – primarily on account of the fact that he needs to find a job.

So your new councillors are as follows:

Leith Walk

You can find detailed results on this page on the City of Edinburgh council website.

Leith 

You can find detailed results on this page on the City of Edinburgh council website.

 The Leith Neighbourhood Partnership system brings councillors from both Leith Walk Ward and Leith Ward together with other representatives to make some local decisions. There’s a chance it will see a bit of a shake up under the new administration, but for the foreseable future it is likely to continue. 

Indeed, given that Labour and the Greens gave commitments to devolve power away from the city chamber we can expect, if anything, that the Neighbourhood Partnerships will be strengthed, not weakened over the course of this administration. 

The Leith Neighbourhood Partnership is regarded as one of the more successful ones in the city, and this in large part is due to the fact that no one  political party could dominate the discussions. The fact that the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership has gone from a four party body to a three party body may be concerning in this sense, but if you look at the balance of power – locals may take some comfort from the fact that no single party has a majority.

This means they’ll still need to work together at a local level.

 

Written by Ally Tibbitt

Ally Tibbitt is a member of Greener Leith. He looks after this website.