Cumbernauld and Kilsyth (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Central Scotland 2011 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth shown within the Central Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 2011
MSP Jamie Hepburn
Council area North Lanarkshire
Party Scottish National Party

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth 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 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 Scottish Parliament region are Airdrie and Shotts, Coatbridge and Chryston, 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 area[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 Holyrood constituency is one of four covering the North Lanarkshire council area, the others being Airdrie and Shotts, Coatbridge and Chryston, Motherwell and Wishaw and Uddingston and Bellshill. All four are within the Central Scotland electoral region.

The electoral wards used in the creation of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Cathie Craigie Labour
2003
2007
2011 Jamie Hepburn SNP

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Jamie Hepburn 13,595 53.8 +13.7
Labour Cathie Craigie 10,136 40.1 -7.9
Conservative James Boswell 1,156 4.6 -0.9
Liberal Democrats Martin Oliver 367 1.5 -4.9
Majority 3,459 13.7
Turnout 25,254 51.9 -4.3%
SNP gain from Labour Swing +10.8

Liberal Democrats polled under 5% and thus lost their deposit

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cathie Craigie 12,672 48.0 +6.4
SNP Jamie Hepburn 10,593 40.2 +0.8
Liberal Democrats Hugh O'Donnell 1,670 6.3 +1.1
Conservative Anne Harding 1,447 5.5 +1.5
Majority 2,079 7.9
Rejected ballots 803 {{{change}}}
Turnout 26,382 53.6 +3.5
Labour hold Swing -2.8
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cathie Craigie 10,146 41.58 -8.01
SNP Andrew Wilson 9,626 39.44 +3.76
Scottish Socialist Kenny McEwan 1,823 7.47 +3.82
Liberal Democrats Hugh O'Donnell 1,264 5.18 -1.12
Conservative Margaret McCulloch 978 4.01 -0.44
Independent Christopher Donohue 567 2.32 +2.32
Majority 520 2.13 -11.78
Turnout 24,404 50.14 -11.83
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cathie Craigie 15,182 49.6 N/A
SNP Andrew Wilson 10,923 35.7 N/A
Liberal Democrats Hugh O'Donnell 2,029 6.63 N/A
Conservative Robin Slack 1,362 4.5 N/A
Scottish Socialist Kenny McEwan 1,116 3.65 N/A
Majority 4,259 13.9 N/A
Turnout N/A
Labour win (new seat)

Footnotes[edit]

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