Dear North Lanarkshire Council,
I am a final year undergraduate at Lancaster University. I am undertaking a dissertation of which I am focusing the topic upon the impact of electoral reform on campaign strategy in regard to Scottish Local Elections. I have viewed multiple websites in an attempt to discover which councillors were in office pre-electoral reform (2003) and remained incumbent following the move to STV, post electoral reform (2007). In addition to this, if this information is available, I would like to know the names of the councillors that lost their position following the change to a more representative system, therefore, in office 2003-2007. If possible, contact details for these individuals would be greatly appreciated.
I aim to analyse this information to develop a pattern to assist my research.
Dear Ms Pilkington
I acknowledge receipt of your email which is receiving attention.
I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.
Dear Ms Pilkington
I refer again to your e-mail dated 19 November 2019 seeking information in relation to Councillors that remained in office during the period 2003-2007.
Having investigated, I can advise that the information you seek is already in the public domain and Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 provides an absolute exemption for information which is already accessible inasmuch as it can be reasonably obtained by other means.
In order to assist you, this information can be accessed on the Council's website at:-
www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk under the MARS (Minutes, Agendas and Report System).
The full Council's Minutes prior to the 2007 Election (March 2007) and the Council meeting immediately after the Election (May 2007) will provide a list of Councillors for comparison.
For ease of reference the direct links are as follows:-
I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision by writing to the Head of Legal and Democratic Solutions, Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB. Accordingly, if you are dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write to the Head of Legal and Democratic Solutions.
I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section 21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice - may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt with in accordance with the Act. Such an application must be made within six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another form which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the applicant, and provide an address for correspondence. The application must also specify the request for information to which the requirement for review relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the original decision of the local authority and the matter which gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the decision on review by the local authority or the failure of the local authority to issue such a decision. The Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted as follows:-
Scottish Information Commissioner
email: [email address]
Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online via the following link: -
I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose. If, however, you require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please let me know.
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
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