Ayr (Scottish Parliament constituency)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Ayr
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
Ayr ScottishParliamentConstituency.PNG
1999
Ayr shown within the South Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP John Scott
Council area South Ayrshire
Party Conservative

Ayr is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the South Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Electoral region[edit]

The other eight constituencies of the South Scotland region are Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Clydesdale, Dumfriesshire, East Lothian, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Galloway and West Dumfries, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.

The region covers the Dumfries and Galloway council area, part of the East Ayrshire council area, part of the East Lothian council area, part of the Midlothian council area, the Scottish Borders council area, the South Ayrshire council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

The Ayr 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 rest of South Ayrshire is covered by the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency.

Following their First Periodic review into constituencies to the Scottish Parliament in time for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the Boundary Commission for Scotland recommended alterations to the existing Ayr constituency.

The Ayr constituency takes in the electoral wards of:

Members of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Ian Welsh Labour
2000 by-election John Scott Conservative
2003
2007
2011

Election results[edit]

2011 election[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Ayr

Notes: Green background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
Conservative Green tickY John Scott 12,997 38.9 -1.04 8,539 25.51
SNP Chic Brodie 11,884 35.6 +9.28 14,377 42.96
Labour Gordon McKenzie 7,779 23.3 -4.01 7,513 22.45
Liberal Democrats Eileen Taylor 713 2.1 -3.58 744 2.22
Scottish Green   685 2.05
All Scotland Pensioners Party 595 1.78
UKIP   293 0.88
Scottish Christian   237 0.71
BNP   211 0.63
Socialist Labour   168 0.50
Scottish Socialist   76 0.23
Solidarity   30 0.09
Informal votes 118 67
Total Valid votes 33,373 33,468
Conservative hold Majority 1,113 3.34
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Ayr
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 13,820 40.0
Labour 9,445 27.3
SNP 9,101 26.3
Liberal Democrats 2,013 5.8
Others 187 0.5
Majority 4,375 12.7
Conservative hold Swing

2007 election result[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Ayr[2]

Notes: Green background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
Conservative Green tickY John Scott 12,619 40.67 -0.05 8,983 28.90 -6.60
Labour John Duncan 8,713 28.08 -6.67 8,871 28.54 -2.29
SNP Iain White 7,952 25.63 +11.91 8,560 27.54 +13.73
Liberal Democrats Stuart Ritchie 1,741 5.61 +0.01 1,601 5.15 -0.18
Scottish Green   840 2.70 -1.92
Scottish Senior Citizens   723 2.34 -0.25(a)
Solidarity   346 1.11 +1.11
BNP   338 1.09 +1.09
Scottish Christian   253 0.81 +0.81
Socialist Labour   146 0.47 -0.29
Scottish Socialist   134 0.43 -5.29
UKIP   120 0.39 -0.14
Christian Peoples   90 0.29 +0.29
Independent - Paddy Scott Hogg 46 0.15 +0.15
Scottish Voice   27 0.09 +0.09
Informal votes 873 820
Total Valid votes 31,898 31,708
Turnout 32,681
Conservative hold Majority 3,906 12.5 +6.52

(a)-comparison with Pensioners Party (Scotland)

2003 election result[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Ayr[3]

Notes: Green background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
Conservative Green tickY John Scott 12,865 40.72 +2.72 11,221 35.51 +4.58
Labour Rita Miller 10,975 34.75 -3.36 9,745 30.84 -1.31
SNP James Dornan 4,334 13.72 -5.60 4,366 13.82 -8.82
Liberal Democrats Stuart David Ritchie 1,769 5.60 +1.20 1,684 5.33 -0.84
Scottish Socialist James Scott Stewart 1,648 5.22 +5.22 1,808 5.72 +4.79
Scottish Green   1,462 4.63 +2.40
Pensioners Party 813 2.57 +2.57
Socialist Labour   240 0.76 -3.27
UKIP   166 0.53 +0.21
Scottish People's   65 0.21 +0.21
Am Partaidh Dhuthchail - The Rural Party 32 0.10 +0.10
Informal votes 145 136
Total Valid votes 31,591 31,602
Conservative hold Majority 1,890 5.98

2000 by-election result[4][edit]

Ayr by-election, 2000

Notes: Green background denotes the winner of the by-election.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list prior to the by-election.
Yellow background denotes the winner of the by-election, who was a list MP prior to the by-election.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Scott 12,580 39.44 +1.43
SNP Jim Mather 9,236 28.95 +9.48
Labour Rita Miller 7,054 22.1 -15.97
Scottish Socialist James Stewart 1,345 4.22 +4.22
Liberal Democrats Stuart Ritchie 800 2.51 -1.91
Scottish Green Gavin Nelson Corbett 460 1.44 +1.44
Scottish Socialist James Stewart 1,345 4.22 +4.22
The Radio Vet William Clifton Botcherby 186 0.53 +0.53
UKIP Alistair David Mconnachie 113 0.35 +0.35
ProLife Alliance Robert Graham 111 0.35 +0.35
Independent Kevin James Dillion 15 0.05 +0.05
Informal votes 58
Total Valid votes 31,900
Conservative gain from Labour Majority 3,344 10.48

1999 election result[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Ayr[5]

Notes: Green background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Welsh 14,263 38.08 12,039 32.14
Conservative Phil Gallie 14,238 38.01 11,582 30.92
SNP Roger Mullin 7,291 19.47 8,477 22.63
Liberal Democrats Elaine Morris 1,662 4.42 2,312 6.17
Socialist Labour   1,510 4.03
Scottish Green   832 2.22
Scottish Socialist   347 0.93
Liberal   150 0.40
UKIP   119 0.32
Natural Law   87 0.23
Informal votes 114 97
Total Valid votes 37,454 37,455
Labour win new seat Majority 25 0.07

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]- accessed 11 March 2011
  4. ^ South Ayrshire Council - election result 2000 - accessed 11 March 2011
  5. ^ [3] - accessed 11 March 2011