Coatbridge and Chryston (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Coatbridge and Chryston
Scottish Parliament
burgh constituency
Coatbridge and Chryston (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Central Scotland 2011 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Coatbridge and Chryston shown within the Central Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP Elaine Smith
Council area North Lanarkshire
Party Labour

Coatbridge and Chryston is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. It is also one of nine constituencies in the Central 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 Central Scotland region are Airdrie and Shotts, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, East Kilbride, Falkirk East, Falkirk West, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Motherwell and Wishaw and Uddingston and Bellshill.

The region covers all of the Falkirk council area, all of the North Lanarkshire council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council areas[edit]

The 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 the North Lanarkshire area is covered by Airdrie and Shotts, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Motherwell and Wishaw and Uddingston and Bellshill, which are also within the Central Scotland electoral region.

Following the Boundary Review the electoral wards used in the creation of Coatbridge and Chryston are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Elaine Smith Labour
2003
2007
2011

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Coatbridge and Chryston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Smith 12,161 52.2 +4.5
SNP John Wilson 9,420 40.5 +11.1
Conservative Jason Lingiah 1,317 5.7 -2.1
Liberal Democrats Rod Ackland 381 1.6 -2.9
Majority 2,741 11.8
Turnout 23,279 44.9 -386
Labour hold Swing -3.3

Liberal Democrats polled under 5% and thus lost their deposit

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Coatbridge and Chryston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 11,288 47.7
SNP 6,948 29.4
Conservative 1,845 7.8
Liberal Democrats 1,068 4.5
Others 2,517 10.6
Majority 4,340 18.3
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Coatbridge and Chryston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Smith 11,860 46.1 -10.1
SNP Frances McGlinchey 7,350 28.6 +8.3
Conservative Ross Thomson 2,305 9.0 +0.4
Independent Julie McAnulty 1,843 7.2 +7.2
Liberal Democrats Doreen Nisbet 1,519 5.9 -1.0
Scottish Voice Gaille McCann 848 3.3 +3.3
Majority 4,510 17.5
Turnout 25,725 47.3 +1.0
Labour hold Swing -9.2%
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Coatbridge and Chryston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Smith 13,422 56.25 -3.10
SNP James Gribben 4,851 20.33 -4.57
Conservative Donald Reece 2,041 8.55 -0.94
Scottish Socialist Gordon Martin 1,911 8.01 +8.01
Liberal Democrats Doreen Nisbit 1,637 8.01 -1.69
Majority 8,571 35.92 +1.47
Turnout 23,862 46.32 -11.56
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Coatbridge and Chryston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Smith 17,923 59.35 N/A
SNP Peter Kearney 7,519 24.90 N/A
Conservative Gordon Lind 2,867 9.49 N/A
Liberal Democrats Jane Hook 1,889 6.26 N/A
Majority 10,404 34.45 N/A
Turnout
Labour hold Swing N/A

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland