In Portobello/Craigmillar only Kate Campbell an SNP councillor elected in 2017 for the first time stood for re-election.

Cllr Maureen Child, a Labour councillor and strong representative for the area, is stepping down after many years in politics. Mary Campbell, a Green councillor, quietly stepped away from politics and Callum Laidlaw has gone to work in London.

Kate Campbell won 30.7% of the first preference votes which we think might be the highest share gained by any councillor at this election? Certainly the SNP and the Liberal Democrats were the only two parties which increased their share of the first preference votes.

There are three new councillors – one of whom Jane Meagher has some “inside knowledge” of the way the council works as she used to be former council leader Andrew Burns PA.

Cllr Kate Campbell won a third of the first preference votes
Jane Meagher, Labour. Photo: © 2022, Martin P. McAdam
Cllr Tim Jones
  • Electorate totals 26,118
  • Votes cast 11,426
  • Turnout 43.7%


The 2022 results are as follows:

NamePolitical PartyStage elected
Kate CampbellSNP1
Tim JonesConservative9
Jane MeagherLabour4
Alys MumfordGreens7

We spoke to Tim Jones last Monday in Portobello where he explained he travelled everywhere by public transport.

These are nine candidates who stood in Portobello/Craigmillar

  • Scottish National Party (SNP) – CAMPBELL, Kate
  • Scottish Conservative and Unionist – JONES, Tim
  • Independent – MCDONALD, Andrew
  • Labour and Co-operative Party – MEAGHER, Jane Elizabeth
  • Scottish Green Party – MUMFORD, Alys
  • Labour and Co-operative Party – PUGH, Heather
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats – REILLY, Jill
  • Scottish National Party (SNP) – SHEDDEN, Simon Clark
  • Alba Party for independence – TODD, Anne

2017 results

  • Kate Campbell – Scottish National Party (SNP) – elected at stage six
  • Mary Campbell – Scottish Green Group – elected at stage six
  • Maureen Child – Scottish Labour Party – elected at stage one
  • Callum Laidlaw – Scottish Conservative and Unionist – elected at stage three

Electorate: 22,360
Votes cast: 10,654
Turnout: 47.6%

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Final position of the parties in Edinburgh at the 2022 election

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