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September 2010, Edinburgh council by-election
In September 2010, there was an Edinburgh council by-election in the Liberton/Gilmerton ward, where Pirate Part UK ran one candidate.
Local councils in Scotland are elected by STV in 3 or 4 member seats. The by-election was called because one of the 4 existing councillors in the ward was elected as an MP.
The Pirate Party candidate was Philip Hunt. He got 43 votes out of a total of 6639, 0.65% of the vote. This was at the time PPUK's best vote share, since beaten by Graeme Lambert.
First preferences were as follows:
Bill Cook Labour 2974 44.80 Richard Lewis Scottish Nationalist 1328 20.00 Stephanie Murray Conservative 1020 15.36 John Knox Liberal Democrat 722 10.88 Peter McColl Green 201 3.03 Colin Fox Scottish Socialist 169 2.55 Mev Brown Independent 128 1.93 Philip Hunt Pirate Party 43 0.65 TOTAL 6639
The Labour candidate went on to win.