May 4 2012 By Donald Morton and Johnathon Menzies
THE SNP will have the most members in Stirling Council after the final local authority election results were announced at the Albert Halls today (Friday).
Nationalists secured nine seats in total, three shy of the number required to claim an outright majority. Labour claimed eight of the local authority's 22 available places, while the Conservatives secured four and Mark Ruskell became the Stirling area's first Green Party councillor.
The result in full were as follows:
Trossachs and Teith Ward - Martin Earl (Conservative), Alycia Hayes (SNP), Fergus Wood (SNP). It's a gain for the SNP from Labour. There are two new councillors for the ward in Martin Earl, taking over from fellow Tory Tony Ffinch, and the SNP's Alycia Hayes replaces Labour's Paul Owens, who stood down.
Forth and Endrick Ward - Alistair Berrill (Conservative), Graham Lambie (SNP), Ian Muirhead (SNP). Another gain for SNP from Labour. Berrill and Lambie retain their seats while Ian Muirhead replaces retiring Labour councilllor Coiln O'Brien.
Mark Ruskell has been elected as one of the four Dunblane and Bridge of Allan councillors. Also elected are current council leader Graham Houston (SNP), Callum Campbell (Conservative) and Mike Robbins (Labour). New councillor Ruskell replaces Lib Dem David Goss who stepped down, while Mike Robbins takes over from Labour colleague Colin Finlay.
Lib Dem leader Graham Reed lost his seat in Castle Ward. Labour has two councillors - newcomer Johanna Boyd and veteran John Hendry. They will serve alongside the SNP's Jim Thomson.
Stirling West - Neil Benny (Conservative), Scott Farmer (SNP), Christine Simpson (Labour). Simpson replaces Labour's former elected member Andrew Simpson (no relation), who stepped down.
Stirling East - Steven Paterson (SNP), Corrie McChord (Labour), Danny Gibson (Labour). It's a gain for Labour from Lib Dems and another loss for the LDs.
Bannockburn - Alasdair MacPherson (SNP), Margaret Brisley (Labour), Violet Weir (Labour). The three previously elected councillors retain their seats.
Further information and reaction following the election will be featured in Wednesday's Observer.