Scottish Local Councils, Electoral Wards & Local Councillors – Political Knowledge Atlas (30 Nov 2020)

There are 1,227 Local Councillors elected to 354 multi (3 or 4)-member Electoral Wards in Scotland’s 32 Local Councils every 5 years. Though these politicians fundamentally affect our lives on a day-to-day basis through enacting their own local policies, and their oversight of bodies delivering essential services at the local level, it’s difficult to get the big picture AND the detail, AND how both have changed over time, in the one source. This 3rd edition of the first ever ‘national local’ political knowledge atlas map of Scotland helps solve that problem

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Jings, Crivvens, Help Ma Boab!

Okay so we’re all about mapping as many different types of Scotland’s ‘national local’ building blocks as possible, but it’s also always been our intention to keep the maps we’ve already published updated – so far local council governance and politics, and one arm of national governance and politics in the UK Parliament (Westminster) – as external circustances dictate (and our time allows)…

However as you may have noticed, as far as external circumstances are concerned, we’re all living in Rather Strange Times…

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Scottish Local Councils, Electoral Wards & Local Councillors – Political Knowledge Atlas (18 May 2020)

NEW FOR THIS EDITION – Updated for the local by-elections that have occured since the last edition of this map was published on 2 Feb 2020, with knowledge seed branches added for all the newly elected councillors (those of the predecessors are retained as sub-branches for reference). Quite a few of elections were scheduled from March to mid May, however only the earliest one took place as planned before the Coronoavirus Crisis caused the postponement of the others. The re-scheduled dates (where set) are in October & November this year, but it will depend on the public health guidance issued by the Scottish Government closer to the time as to whether they will go ahead as planned. Either way, we anticipate that it will be a wee while before we publish another update of this map.

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Scottish Local Council Electoral Wards – General, Geographic & Electoral Knowledge Atlas (16 May 2020)

NEW FOR THIS EDITION – Updated for the local by-elections that have occured since the last edition of this map was published on 25 Jan 2020. Quite a few of elections were scheduled from March to mid May, however only the earliest one took place as planned before the Coronoavirus Crisis caused the postponement of the others. The re-scheduled dates (where set) are in October & November this year, but it will depend on the public health guidance issued by the Scottish Government closer to the time as to whether they will go ahead as planned. Either way, we anticipate that it will be a wee while before we publish another update of this map.

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Scottish Parliament Regions, Constituencies & Members – Political Knowledge Atlas (10 Apr 2020)

There are 129 members (‘MSP’s’) of the Scottish Parliament, elected by a mixed member proportional representation (MMP) system – 73 are elected to single member constituencies by ‘first past the post’, with the other 56 being elected by a 2nd vote to 8 additional member regions, with the outcome dependent on the results for the political parties of the 1st vote in the region’s constituencies. Elections happen every 5 years, with the last happening in May 2016.

Though these politicians fundamentally affect our lives on a day-to-day basis through supporting their party’s policies, and their participation in, and oversight of, government and the essential services that keep the nation going, it’s difficult to get the big picture AND the detail, AND how both have changed over time, in the one source. This first ever political knowledge atlas of the members, constituencies & electoral regions of the Scottish Parliament helps solve that problem.

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Scottish Local Councils, Electoral Wards & Local Councillors – Political Knowledge Atlas (2 Feb 2020)

NEW FOR THIS EDITION – Updated for the local by-elections that have occured since the first edition of this map was published on 9 October 2020. This includes links to the resources on the newly discovered Who Can I Vote For? by Democracy Club website, which contains crowd-sourced details of all the candidates standing in each ward or constituency at every UK local & parliamentary election / by-election since 2016.

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