Central Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region)

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Central Scotland
electoral region
for the Scottish Parliament
Central Scotland 2011 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Central Scotland shown within Scotland
Current electoral region
Created 1999
MSPs
Scottish National Party 9
Labour 6
Conservative 1
Council areas Falkirk
North Lanarkshire
South Lanarkshire (part)
Constituencies Airdrie and Shotts
Coatbridge and Chryston
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
East Kilbride
Falkirk East
Falkirk West
Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse
Motherwell and Wishaw
Uddingston and Bellshill

Central Scotland (Meadhan-Alba in Gaelic) is one of the eight electoral regions of the Scottish Parliament which were created in 1999. Nine of the parliament's 73 first past the post constituencies are sub-divisions of the region and it elects seven of the 56 additional-member Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). Thus it elects a total of 16 MSPs.

Constituencies and council areas 2011–[edit]

As a result of the First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries the boundaries for the region and constituencies were redrawn for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election.

Region Constituencies
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Central Scotland 2011 numbered.svg
  1. Airdrie and Shotts
  2. Coatbridge and Chryston
  3. Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
  4. Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse
  5. Falkirk East
  6. Falkirk West
  7. East Kilbride
  8. Motherwell and Wishaw
  9. Uddingston and Bellshill

Constituencies and council areas 1999–2011[edit]

The constituencies were created in 1999 with the names and boundaries of Westminster constituencies, as existing in at that time.[1] They cover all of two council areas,[2] the Falkirk council area and the North Lanarkshire council area, and parts of three others, the East Ayrshire council area, the East Dumbartonshire council area and the South Lanarkshire council area.

The rest of the East Ayrshire council area is within the South of Scotland region, the rest of the East Dunbartonshire council area is within the West of Scotland region, and the rest of the South Lanarkshire council area is within the Glasgow and South of Scotland regions.

Region Constituencies
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  1. Airdrie and Shotts
  2. Coatbridge and Chryston
  3. Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
  4. East Kilbride
  5. Falkirk East
  6. Falkirk West
  7. Hamilton North and Bellshill
  8. Hamilton South
  9. Kilmarnock and Loudoun
  10. Motherwell and Wishaw

Boundary changes[edit]

The Boundary Commission recommended changes to the electoral regions used to elect "list" members of the Scottish Parliament. The new "Central Scotland" region was formed from the constituencies of Airdrie and Shotts; Coatbridge and Chryston; Cumbernauld and Kilsyth; East Kilbride; Falkirk East; Falkirk West; Hamilton, Lanark and Stonehouse; Motherwell and Wishaw; and Uddingston and Bellshill.

Members of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Constituency MSPs[edit]

Term Election Airdrie and Shotts Coatbridge and Chryston Cumbernauld and Kilsyth East Kilbride Falkirk East Falkirk West Hamilton North and Bellshill Hamilton South Motherwell and Wishaw Kilmarnock and Loudoun
1st 1999 Karen Whitefield
(Labour)
Elaine Smith
(Labour)
Cathy Craigie
(Labour)
Andy Kerr
(Labour)
Cathy Peattie
(Labour)
Dennis Canavan
(Independent)
Michael McMahon
(Labour)
Tom McCabe
(Labour)
Jack McConnell
(Labour)
Margaret Jamieson
(Labour)
2nd 2003
3rd 2007 Michael Matheson
(SNP)
Willie Coffey
(SNP)
Term Election Airdrie and Shotts Coatbridge and Chryston Cumbernauld and Kilsyth East Kilbride Falkirk East Falkirk West Uddingston and Bellshill Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse Motherwell and Wishaw 9 MSPs, 2011-
(area covered by former constituency moved to the South Scotland region)
4th 2011) Alex Neil
(SNP)
Elaine Smith
(Labour)
Jamie Hepburn
(SNP)
Linda Fabiani
(SNP)
Angus MacDonald
(SNP)
Michael Matheson
(SNP)
Michael McMahon
(Labour)
Christina McKelvie
(SNP)
John Pentland
(Labour)

Regional List MSPs[edit]

N.B. This table is for presentation purposes only

Parliament MSP MSP MSP MSP MSP MSP MSP
1st
(1999-2003)
Alex Neil
(Scottish National)
Linda Fabiani
(Scottish National)
Michael Matheson
(Scottish National)
Andrew Wilson
(Scottish National)
Gil Paterson
(Scottish National)
Donald Gorrie
(Liberal Democrat)
Lyndsay McIntosh
(Conservative)
2nd
(2003-07)
John Swinburne
(SSCUP)
Carolyn Leckie
(Scottish Socialist)
Margaret Mitchell
(Conservative)
3rd
(2007-11)
John Wilson
(Scottish National)
Jamie Hepburn
(Scottish National)
Christina McKelvie
(Scottish National)
Hugh O'Donnell
(Liberal Democrat)
4th
(2011-15)
Richard Lyle
(Scottish National)
Clare Adamson
(Scottish National)
Siobhan McMahon
(Labour)
Mark Griffin
(Labour)
Margaret McCulloch
(Labour)

Election results[edit]

2011 Scottish Parliament election[edit]

In the 2011 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results[edit]

Scottish Parliament general election, 2011: Central Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Airdrie and Shotts Alex Neil SNP gain from Labour
Coatbridge and Chryston Elaine Smith Labour hold
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Jamie Hepburn SNP gain from Labour
East Kilbride Linda Fabiani SNP gain from Labour
Falkirk East Angus MacDonald SNP gain from Labour
Falkirk West Michael Matheson SNP hold
Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse Christina McKelvie SNP gain from Labour
Motherwell and Wishaw John Pentland Labour hold
Uddingston and Bellshill Michael McMahon Labour hold

Additional Member results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Central Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
SNP Richard Lyle
John Wilson
Clare Adamson
3 -2 108,261 46.4% +15.5%
Labour Siobhan McMahon
Mark Griffin
Margaret McCulloch
3 +3 82,459 35.3% -4.6%
Conservative Margaret Mitchell 1 ±0 14,870 6.4% -1.0%
All Scotland Pensioners Party 0 0 5,793 2.5% -0.1%
Scottish Green 0 0 5,634 2.4% -0.1%
Liberal Democrats 0 -1 3,318 1.4% -3.8%
Scottish Christian 0 0 3,173 1.4% -0.7%
Socialist Labour 0 0 2,483 1.1% +0.3%
BNP 0 0 2,214 0.9% -0.5%
Scottish Unionist 0 0 1,545 0.7% +0.1%
UKIP 0 0 1,263 0.5% +0.3%
Independent 0 0 821 0.4% n/a
Scottish Socialist 0 0 820 0.4% -0.6%
Solidarity (Scotland) 0 0 559 0.2% -1.5%
Scottish Homeland Party 0 0 337 0.1% n/a

2007 Scottish Parliament election[edit]

Party Member of the Scottish Parliament Total Members +/–
Constituency +/– Regional +/–
Labour 8 –1 0 ±0 8 −1
SNP 2 +2 5 +2 7 +4
Conservative 0 ±0 1 ±0 1 ±0
Liberal Democrats 0 ±0 1 ±0 1 ±0

Constituency results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Central Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Airdrie and Shotts Karen Whitefield Labour hold
Coatbridge and Chryston Elaine Smith Labour hold
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Cathie Craigie Labour hold
East Kilbride Andy Kerr Labour hold
Falkirk East Cathy Peattie Labour hold
Falkirk West Michael Matheson SNP gain from Independent
Hamilton North and Bellshill Michael McMahon Labour hold
Hamilton South Tom McCabe Labour hold
Kilmarnock and Loudoun Willie Coffey SNP gain from Labour
Motherwell and Wishaw Jack McConnell Labour hold

Additional member results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Central Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Labour 0 0 112,596 39.6% -0.8%
SNP Alex Neil
Linda Fabiani
Jamie Hepburn
Christina McKelvie
John Wilson
5 +2 89,210 31.4% +8.8%
Conservative Margaret Mitchell 1 ±0 24,253 8.5% -0.6%
Liberal Democrats Hugh O'Donnell 1 ±0 14,648 5.2% -0.7%
Scottish Green 0 0 7,204 2.5% -2.1%
Scottish Senior Citizens 0 -1 7,060 2.5% -4.0%
Scottish Christian 0 0 5,575 2.0% N/A
Solidarity 0 0 5,012 1.8% N/A
Christian Peoples 0 0 4,617 1.6% N/A
BNP 0 0 4,125 1.4% N/A
Socialist Labour 0 0 2,303 0.8% -0.7%
Scottish Socialist 0 -1 2,188 0.8% -6.5%
Scottish Voice 0 0 1,955 0.7% N/A
Scottish Unionist 0 0 1,544 0.5% -0.3%
Publican Party 0 0 1,500 0.5% N/A
UKIP 0 0 722 0.2% -0.1%

2003 Scottish Parliament election[edit]

In the 2003 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Central Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Airdrie and Shotts Karen Whitefield Labour hold
Coatbridge and Chryston Elaine Smith Labour hold
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Cathie Craigie Labour hold
East Kilbride Andy Kerr Labour hold
Falkirk East Cathy Peattie Labour hold
Falkirk West Dennis Canavan Independent hold
Hamilton North and Bellshill Michael McMahon Labour hold
Hamilton South Tom McCabe Labour hold
Kilmarnock and Loudoun Margaret Jamieson Labour hold
Motherwell and Wishaw Jack McConnell Labour hold

Additional member results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Central Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Labour 0 0 106,318 40.41% +1.13%
SNP Alex Neil
Michael Matheson
Linda Fabiani
3 −2 59,274 22.53% -5.25%
Conservative Margaret Mitchell 1 ±0 24,121 9.17% +0.02%
Scottish Socialist Carolyn Leckie 1 +1 19,016 7.23% +5.49%
Scottish Senior Citizens John Swinburne 1 +1 17,146 6.52% N/A
Liberal Democrats Donald Gorrie 1 ±0 15,494 5.89% -0.31%
Scottish Green 0 0 12,248 4.66% +2.87
Socialist Labour 0 0 3,855 1.47% -1.85%
Scottish Unionist 0 0 2,147 0.82% -0.05%
Independent 0 0 1,265 0.48% N/A
Scottish People's 0 0 1,192 0.45% N/A
UKIP 0 0 1,009 0.38% N/A

1999 Scottish Parliament election[edit]

In the 1999 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Central Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Airdrie and Shotts Karen Whitefield Labour win (new seat)
Coatbridge and Chryston Elaine Smith Labour win (new seat)
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Cathie Craigie Labour win (new seat)
East Kilbride Andy Kerr Labour win (new seat)
Falkirk East Cathy Peattie Labour win (new seat)
Falkirk West Dennis Canavan Independent win (new seat)
Hamilton North and Bellshill Michael McMahon Labour win (new seat)
Hamilton South Tom McCabe Labour win (new seat)
Kilmarnock and Loudoun Margaret Jamieson Labour win (new seat)
Motherwell and Wishaw Jack McConnell Labour win (new seat)

Additional member results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Central Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Labour 0 N/A 129,822 39.28% N/A
SNP Alex Neil
Andrew Wilson
Michael Matheson
Gil Paterson
Linda Fabiani
5 N/A 91,802 27.78% N/A
Conservative Lyndsay McIntosh 1 N/A 30,243 9.15% N/A
Independent 0 N/A 27,700 8.38% N/A
Liberal Democrats Donald Gorrie 1 N/A 20,505 6.20% N/A
Socialist Labour 0 N/A 10,956 3.32% N/A
Scottish Green 0 N/A 5,926 3.32% N/A
Scottish Socialist 0 N/A 5,739 1.74% N/A
Scottish Unionist 0 N/A 2,888 0.87% N/A
ProLife Alliance 0 N/A 2,567 0.78% N/A
Scottish Families and Pensioners Party 0 N/A 1,373 0.42% N/A
Natural Law 0 N/A 1,373 0.42% N/A
Independent Progressive 0 N/A 248 0.08% N/A

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Scottish Westminster constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies in 2005. See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland.
  2. ^ Council areas are as defined in 1996, and may be subject to change after the next Scottish Parliament election.