Argyll and Bute (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 55°55′59″N 5°20′56″W / 55.933°N 5.349°W / 55.933; -5.349

Argyll and Bute
County constituency
ArgyllButeConstituency.svg
Argyll and Bute shown within Scotland
Created: 1983
MP: Alan Reid
Party: Liberal Democrats
Type: House of Commons
Council areas: Argyll and Bute
EP constituency: Scotland

Argyll and Bute is a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created for the 1983 general election, merging most of Argyll with some of Bute and Northern Ayrshire. A similar constituency, also called Argyll and Bute, is used by the Scottish Parliament.

Boundaries[edit]

When created in 1983, the constituency covered the area of the Argyll district of the Strathclyde region. In 2005 it was enlarged to cover the Argyll and Bute council area, which had been created in 1996. Thus Helensburgh, already included within the new council area, was included in the constituency.

Helensburgh had been within the Dunbarton district until 1996, and within the Dumbarton constituency until 2005.

Politics[edit]

Argyll and Bute is one of the few four-way marginal constituencies in Britain. The Liberal Democrats have held the seat since 1987, when they took it from the Conservatives and currently, the Conservatives, Labour and the SNP are capable of taking the seat with a small swing of less than 6.3%. The equivalent seat to Argyll and Bute in the Scottish Parliament was lost to the SNP in 2007, and was again taken by the nationalists in 2011.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1983 John MacKay Conservative
1987 Ray Michie Liberal
1988 Liberal Democrat
2001 Alan Reid Liberal Democrat

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Argyll and Bute
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Alan Reid 14,292 31.6 −4.9
Conservative Gary Mulvaney 10,861 24.0 +0.5
Labour David Graham 10,274 22.7 +0.3
SNP Mike MacKenzie 8,563 18.9 +3.4
Scottish Green Elaine Morrison 789 1.7 N/A
Independent George Doyle 272 0.6 N/A
Scottish Jacobite John Black 156 0.3 N/A
Majority 3,431 7.6
Turnout 45,207 67.3 +3.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −2.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Argyll and Bute
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Alan Reid 15,786 36.5 +3.7
Conservative Jamie McGrigor 10,150 23.5 −0.2
Labour Carolyn Manson 9,696 22.4 −0.3
SNP Isobel Strong 6,716 15.5 −2.0
Scottish Socialist Deirdre Henderson 881 2.0 −1.4
Majority 5,636 13.0
Turnout 43,229 64.2 +4.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +2.0
General Election 2001: Argyll and Bute
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Alan Reid 9,245 29.9 −10.3
Labour Hugh J.E. Raven 7,592 24.5 +8.9
Conservative Dave Petrie 6,436 20.8 +1.8
SNP Ms. Agnes Carmichael Samuel 6,433 20.8 −2.4
Scottish Socialist Des Divers 1,251 4.0 N/A
Majority 1,653 5.4
Turnout 30,957 63.0 −10.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −9.6

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Argyll and Bute
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Ray Michie 14,359 40.2 +5.3
SNP Prof Neil MacCormick 8,278 23.2 −0.6
Conservative Ralph M. Leishman 6,774 18.9 −8.8
Labour Dr Ali A. Syed 5,596 15.7 +2.1
Referendum Party Michael A.S.G. Stewart 713 2.0 N/A
Majority 6,081 17.0
Turnout 35,720 72.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
General Election 1992 :Argyll and Bute[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Ray Michie 12,739 34.9 −2.4
Conservative John Corrie 10,117 27.7 −5.8
SNP Prof. Neil MacCormick 8,689 23.8 +6.7
Labour Des Browne 4,946 13.6 +1.5
Majority 2,622 7.2 +3.4
Turnout 36,491 76.1 +0.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +1.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Argyll and Bute
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ray Michie 13,726 37.3 +9.8
Conservative John MacKay 12,332 33.5 −5.1
SNP R.R. Shaw 6,297 17.1 −7.5
Labour D.Tierney 4,437 12.1 +2.8
Majority 1,394 3.8
Turnout 36,792 75.5
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +7.5
General Election 1983: Argyll and Bute
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John MacKay 13,380 38.6 N/A
Liberal Ray Michie 9,536 27.5 N/A
SNP I. Smith 8,514 24.6 N/A
Labour C. McCafferty 3,204 9.3 N/A
Majority 3,844 11.1 N/A
Turnout 34,634 72.9 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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