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Airdrie and Shotts is a constituency of the British House of Commons, located in central Scotland within the North Lanarkshire council area. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) at least once every five years using the first-past-the-post system of voting.
The constituency has existed since 1997; however, it underwent significant boundary changes in 2005. Before 2015 it could have been described as a
safe seat for the Labour Party, who held it with a majority of over 12,000 votes until its current MP, Neil Gray of the Scottish National Party, was elected in that year's general election. Former MPs for the constituency include Pamela Nash, former Baby of the House, John Reid, former Labour Home Secretary and Defence Secretary, and Helen Liddell, former Labour Scottish Secretary.
It is a generally working class, urban seat, and contains the towns of
Airdrie, Calderbank, Chapelhall, Glenmavis and Shotts.
Boundaries and history [ edit ]
1997-2005: The Monklands District electoral divisions of Airdrie North and Airdrie South; and the Motherwell District electoral division of Fortissat.
2005–present: The North Lanarkshire Council wards of Newmains, Stane, Dykehead, Benhar, Holytown, Newarthill, Whinhall, Academy, Airdrie Central, Clarkston, New Monkland West, Plains and Caldercruix, North Cairnhill and Coatdyke, South East Cairnhill and Gartlea, Craigneuk and Petersburn, Calderbank, Chapelhall, and Salsburgh.
The majority of the newly created constituency maintains the boundaries of its predecessor. From
North Lanarkshire come Holytown and Newarthill. This seat is positioned on either side of the M8 motorway to Glasgow.
Small semi-urban towns such as Stane, Dykehead and Shotts were added to
Airdrie in the 1997 redistribution to form this seat, the predecessor of which was Monklands East. An area in the eastern part of Coatbridge is also part of the constituency.
The 2005 changes saw the seat lose some territory to
Motherwell and Wishaw whilst gaining part of Hamilton North and Bellshill. It has proved to be a Labour Party stronghold since its creation.
Members of Parliament [ edit ]
Election results [ edit ]
Elections of the 2010s [ edit ]
Elections of the 2000s [ edit ]
Elections of the 1990s [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Constituencies in Scotland by Holding Party (59)
Scottish National Party (56)
Liberal Democrat (1)
Airdrie & Shotts
Argyll & Bute
Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock
Banff & Buchan
Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk
Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross
Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East
Dumfries & Galloway
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale
Dunfermline & West Fife
East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow
Edinburgh North & Leith
Edinburgh South West
Glasgow North East
Glasgow North West
Glasgow South West
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey
Kilmarnock & Loudoun
Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath
Lanark & Hamilton East
Linlithgow & East Falkirk
Motherwell & Wishaw
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
North Ayrshire & Arran
North East Fife
Ochil & South Perthshire
Orkney & Shetland
Paisley & Renfrewshire North
Paisley & Renfrewshire South
Perth & North Perthshire
Ross, Skye & Lochaber
Rutherglen & Hamilton West
West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine