Cunninghame South (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Cunninghame South
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
Cunninghame South (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
West Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Cunninghame South shown within the West Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP Margaret Burgess
Council area North Ayrshire
Party Scottish National Party

Cunninghame South is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of ten constituencies in the West Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Electoral region[edit]

The other nine constituencies of the West Scotland region are Clydebank and Milngavie, Cunninghame North, Dumbarton, Eastwood, Greenock and Inverclyde, Paisley, Renfrewshire North and West, Renfrewshire South and Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

The region covers part of the Argyll and Bute council area, the East Dunbartonshire council area, the East Renfrewshire council area, the Inverclyde council area, North Ayrshire council area, the Renfrewshire council area and the West Dunbartonshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

The Cunninghame South 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 Ayrshire area is covered by the Cunninghame North constituency.

From the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the electoral wards used to form this constituency are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Irene Oldfather Labour
2003
2007
2011 Margaret Burgess SNP

Election results[edit]

[2]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Cunninghame South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Margaret Burgess 10,993 49.8 +15.2
Labour Irene Oldfather 8,645 39.2 -4.6
Conservative Alistair Haw 1,871 8.5 -4.7
Liberal Democrats Ruby Kirkwood 547 2.5 -6
Majority 2,384 10.6 +1.3
Turnout 22,056 42.8 -4.1
SNP gain from Labour Swing 9.9
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Cunninghame South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 10,270 43.8
SNP 8,110 34.6
Conservative 3,080 13.1
Liberal Democrats 1,977 8.4
Majority 2,160 9.2
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Cunninghame South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Irene Oldfather 10,270 43.8 -5.2
SNP Duncan Ross 8,102 34.6 +12.3
Conservative Pat McPhee 3,073 13.1 +2.8
Liberal Democrats Iain Dale 1,977 8.4 +1.8
Majority 2,168 9.3
Turnout 23,422 46.9 +1.2
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Cunninghame South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Irene Oldfather 11,165 49.03 −3.79
SNP Michael Russell 5,089 22.35 −7.34
Scottish Socialist Rosemary Byrne 2,677 11.76 +11.76
Conservative Andrew Brocklehurst 2,336 10.26 −1.16
Liberal Democrats Iain Dale 1,505 6.61 +0.54
Majority 6,076 26.68 + 3.55
Turnout 22,772 45.66 −10.40
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Cunninghame South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Irene Oldfather 14,936 52.82 n/a
SNP Michael Russell 8,395 29.69 n/a
Conservative Murray Tosh 3,229 11.42 n/a
Liberal Democrats Stuart Ritchie 1,717 6.07 n/a
Majority 6,541 23.13 n/a
Turnout

Footnotes[edit]

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