Airdrie and Shotts (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Airdrie and Shotts
Scottish Parliament
burgh constituency
Airdrie and Shotts (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
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Airdrie and Shotts shown within the Central Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP Alex Neil
Council area North Lanarkshire
Party Scottish National Party

Airdrie and Shotts is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. It is also one of nine constituencies in the Central Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Electoral region[edit]

The other eight constituencies of the Central Scotland region are Coatbridge and Chryston, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, East Kilbride, Falkirk East, Falkirk West, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Motherwell and Wishaw and Uddingston and Bellshill.

The region covers all of the Falkirk council area, all of the North Lanarkshire council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

The constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of an existing Westminster constituency. In 2005, however, Scottish Westminster (House of Commons) constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.[1]

The Holyrood constituency is one of four covering the North Lanarkshire council area, the others being Coatbridge and Chryston, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Motherwell and Wishaw and Uddingston and Bellshill. All five are within the Central Scotland electoral region.

Three of the four constituencies are entirely within the North Lanarkshire area. Uddingston and Bellshill straddles the boundary with the South Lanarkshire council area.

The electoral wards used in the creation of Airdrie and Shotts are:

  • In full: Airdrie North, Airdrie Central, Airdrie South, Fortissat

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Karen Whitefield Labour
2003
2007
2011 Alex Neil SNP

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Airdrie and Shotts
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Alex Neil 11,984 50.2 +10.1
Labour Karen Whitefield 9,983 41.8 -0.9
Conservative Robert Crozier 1,396 5.8 -2.6
Liberal Democrats John Love 531 2.2 -3
Majority 2,001 8.4
Turnout 23,894 45.9
SNP gain from Labour Swing +5.5

Liberal Democrats polled under 5% and thus lost their deposit

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Airdrie and Shotts
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 10,280 42.7
SNP 9,647 40.1
Conservative 2,028 8.4
Liberal Democrats 1,258 5.2
Others 862 3.6
Majority 633 2.6
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Airdrie and Shotts
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Whitefield 11,907 43.8 -12.8
SNP Sophia Coyle 10,461 38.5 +17.6
Conservative Iain McGill 2,370 8.7 -0.1
Liberal Democrats Robert Gorrie 1,452 5.4 -0.0
Scottish Voice Mev Brown 970 3.6 +3.6
Majority 1,446 5.3
Rejected ballots 1536 2.7 {{{change}}}
Turnout 27,160 47.1 +2.8
Labour hold Swing -15.2
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Airdrie and Shotts
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Whitefield 14,209 59.03 +0.47
SNP Gil Paterson 5,232 20.86 -7.30
Conservative Patrick Ross-Taylor 2,203 8.76 -0.81
Scottish Socialist Fraser Coates 2,096 8.36 +8.36
Liberal Democrats Kevin Lang 1,346 5.37 -1.69
Majority 8,977 35.78 +8.73
Turnout 25,086 46.26 -12.53
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Airdrie and Shotts
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Whitefield 18,338 55.21 N/A
SNP Gil Paterson 9,353 28.16 N/A
Conservative Patrick Ross-Taylor 3,177 9.57 N/A
Liberal Democrats David Miller 2,345 7.06 N/A
Majority 8,985 27.05 N/A
Turnout 33,213 57.58
Labour hold Swing N/A

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland