2017 Highland Council election

The 2017 Highland Council election was held on 4 May 2017 to elect members of the Highland Council. The election used the 21 wards created under the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004; each ward elected three or four councillors using the single transferable vote system (a form of proportional representation). A total of 74 councillors were elected, six less than in 2012.

2017 Highland Council election

 2012 4 May 2017 (2017-05-04) 2022 

All 74 seats to Highland Council
38 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Margaret Davison Raymond Bremner Andrew Jarvie
Party Independent SNP Conservative
Leader's seat Aird and Loch Ness Wick and East Caithness Inverness South
Last election 35 seats, 40.2% 22 seats, 25.8% 0 seats, 5.1%
Seats before 39 19 0
Seats won 28 seats, 36.1% 22 seats, 24.9% 10 seats, 15.7%
Seat change 7 10

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Alasdair Christie Jimmy Gray Pippa Hadley
Party Liberal Democrats Labour Green
Leader's seat Inverness Ness-side Inverness Millburn Badenoch and Strathspey
Last election 15 seats, 13.5% 8 seats, 12.6% 0 seats, 1.0%
Seats before 15 7 0
Seats won 10 seats, 12.9% 3 seats, 6.9% 1 seat, 3.1%
Seat change 5 5 1

Council Leader before election

Margaret Davidson
Independent

Council Leader after election

Margaret Davidson[1]
Independent

The election was fought in new wards, as the recommendations by the Boundary Commission had been accepted by Scottish Ministers. There were big changes, particularly in Caithness where an entire ward was removed. This election was most notable for returning 10 Conservative councillors: the party's first representation on the council since 1999.

After the 2012 election an administration had been formed by the Scottish National Party, the Scottish Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Labour Party. This was the first time that the Independents had not had any role in the administration of the Council. However, later in the 2012–17 term, this administration fell and the Independent group instead governed as a minority.[1]

After the 2017 election, the Independent, Liberal Democrat and Labour groups formed a coalition administration.[1]