Clydesdale (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|Clydesdale shown within the South Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland|
|Council area||South Lanarkshire|
|Party||Scottish National Party|
Clydesdale 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.
The other eight constituencies of the South Scotland region are Ayr, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, 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
The Clydesdale 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.
The Holyrood constituency is one of five covering the South Lanarkshire council area. The others are the East Kilbride, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Rutherglen and the Uddingston and Bellshill constituencies, all in other electoral regions.
The electoral wards used in the creation of Clydesdale are:
- In full: Clydesdale West, Clydesdale North, Clydesdale East, Clydesdale South
- In part: Avondale and Stonehouse (shared with Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Clydesdale|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+8.9|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Clydesdale|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Clydesdale|
|Liberal Democrats||Fraser Grieve||2,951||8.8||+1.6|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Clydesdale|
|Liberal Democrats||Fraser Grieve||2,338||7.21||-1.78|
|Scottish Socialist||Owen Meharry||1,422||4.38||N/A|
|Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Clydesdale|
|Liberal Democrats||Sandra Grieve||3,503||7.89||N/A|
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland
- Statement of Persons Nominated