Election2022: battle for control of Glasgow City Chambers
All the major parties have launched their national local election campaigns and the manifestos for Glasgow will be complete when the Conservatives launch theirs this week.
Although there are several parties vying for the election, it is a fight between Labor and the SNP as the only parties fielding enough candidates to form a majority.
The SNP is looking to build on its historic 2017 victory in the city when it first took charge of the council by electing more councilors and winning a majority this time. At the very least, they hope to become the biggest party again as they were five years ago.
It presents 50 candidates in the 23 districts.
Labor is desperate to regain control of the council after losing a city council election for the first time in several decades.
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The party will need to elect each of its 43 candidates to win a majority, but if it emerges as the largest party it would be seen as a huge success after years of election defeat to the SNP in Glasgow.
The Conservatives are the third-largest party in the city’s chambers and will campaign to boost their numbers following the surprise result when they won eight seats in 2017.
The Greens won seven last time out and will look to improve on that to increase their leverage over whichever party stands as the culprit.
Susan Aitken, leader of the SNP group, said she would step down if she lost the election.
However. she is convinced that her case stands up to scrutiny and that the SNP had to muddle through after Labour.
She said: “It has not been easy to undo the failures of past labor administrations and while progress may take time, we remain committed to making change.”
The SNP said it delivered on a series of issues.
He said he presided over “record levels of jobs and investment”, including 2,500 in the Barclays development in Tradeston.
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Two major issues are the state of the city center and sanitation.
The SNP said it had set up a Glasgow City Center Task Force with the private sector to “respond to the impact of the pandemic”.
And it said it had ‘upgraded garbage collection routes to improve efficiency’ and ‘introduced an improved on-the-fly landfill enforcement approach’.
Malcolm Cunning is entering his first election as Labor leader and he has ruled out any coalition deal with the SNP or the Conservatives if his party is the biggest on May 6.
The party manifesto highlighted cleanup and .. as their main campaign commitments.
Labor claims to attract voters who last opted for the SNP.
Polls, however, suggest that the SNP still leads nationally in municipal elections.
The union demands of the last five years have been a failure.
He says: Glasgow needs a fresh start. The SNP government in Edinburgh and its SNP administration in Glasgow failed the city.
He said the SNP had cut funding to the council “year after year after year”.
The party said it would “launch the biggest campaign ever to advocate for fair funding”.
It plans to include community political parties, trade unions, campaign groups, community organizations, businesses and academics.
The Conservatives have been campaigning on the cleanup for months and will make it the centerpiece of their efforts.
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They are also targeting Susan Aitken, the head of the council.
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Greens watch and focus on local issues as well as the climate emergency.
How it works
Glasgow will elect 85 councilors on May 5.
The voting system for council elections is different from Scottish Parliament and Westminster elections.
MPs to the House of Commons are elected using the traditional first-past-the-post system where each constituency elects one MP, and Holyrood uses the supplementary MP system, with an elected constituency MSP and proportional representation used to elect regional MSPs on a proportion-based list reflecting overall voting shares.
On the council, another form of Proportional Representation is used, the Single Transferable Vote.
In Glasgow there are 23 wards, 16 of which elect four councilors and seven wards elect three.
Voters rank candidates on the ballot in order of preference, with their first choice ranked 1 and so on.
In 2017, the system saw the SNP have 39 councillors, Labor 31, Conservatives eight and Greens seven.
A party must elect at least 43 councilors to obtain a majority. If no one gets that number, then either the party with the most seats forms a minority administration, or two or more parties combine to get a majority and form a coalition.
Voting opens at city polling stations from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.
The votes will be counted the following day and the results are expected Friday afternoon.