Clydesdale (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Clydesdale
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
Clydesdale ScottishParliamentConstituency.PNG
1999
Clydesdale shown within the South Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP Aileen Campbell
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.

Electoral region[edit]

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[edit]

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.[1]

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:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Karen Gillon Labour
2003
2007
2011 Aileen Campbell SNP

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament general election, 2011: Clydesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Aileen Campbell 14,931 49.9 +16.1
Labour Karen Gillon 10,715 35.8 -1.6
Conservative Colin McGavigan 4,291 14.3 -5.4
Majority 4,216 14.1
Turnout 29,937 52.3 +760
SNP gain from Labour Swing +8.9
Scottish Parliament general election, 2007: Clydesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Gillon 10,924 37.4
SNP Aileen Campbell 9,845 33.7
Conservative Colin McGavigan 5,744 19.7
Liberal Democrats Fraser Grieve 2,664 9.1
Majority 1,079 3.7
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament general election, 2007: Clydesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Gillon 13,835 41.5 -4.1
SNP Aileen Campbell 10,942 32.8 +7.7
Conservative Colin McGavigan 5,604 16.8 +0.9
Liberal Democrats Fraser Grieve 2,951 8.8 +1.6
Majority 2,893 8.7
Turnout 33,332 50.5 -0.5
Scottish Parliament general election, 2003: Clydesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Gillon 14,800 46.62 +2.6
SNP John Brady 8,129 25.06 -8
Conservative Alastair Campbell 5,174 15.95 +1.02
Liberal Democrats Fraser Grieve 2,338 7.21 -1.78
Scottish Socialist Owen Meharry 1,422 4.38 N/A
Independent David Morrison 579 1.78 N/A
Majority 6,671 23.51 +13.64
Turnout 32,442 50.95 -9.66
Labour hold Swing +5.3
Scottish Parliament general election, 1999: Clydesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Gillon 16,755 43.02 N/A
SNP Anne Winning 12,875 33.06 N/A
Conservative Charles Cormack 5,814 14.93 N/A
Liberal Democrats Sandra Grieve 3,503 7.89 N/A
Majority 3,880 9.87 N/A
Turnout 39,324 60.61 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland
  2. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated