East Kilbride (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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East Kilbride
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
East Kilbride (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Central Scotland 2011 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
East Kilbride shown within the Central Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP Linda Fabiani
Council area South Lanarkshire
Party Scottish National Party

East Kilbride 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 region are Airdrie and Shotts, Coatbridge and Chryston, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, 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 five covering the South Lanarkshire council area, the others being Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, which is within the Central Scotland region, Rutherglen, within the Glasgow region, and Clydesdale, within the South Scotland region. Part of the Uddingston and Bellshill constituency includes parts of South Lanarkshire and is part of the Central Scotland region.

The electoral wards used in the creation of East Kilbride were:

  • East Kilbride South, East Kilbride Central South, East Kilbride Central North, East Kilbride West, East Kilbride East

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Andy Kerr Labour
2003
2007
2011 Linda Fabiani SNP

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: East Kilbride
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Linda Fabiani 14,359 48 +10.2
Labour Andy Kerr 12,410 41.5 -3
Conservative Graham Simpson 2,260 7.6 -1.6
Liberal Democrats Douglas Herbison 468 1.6 -7.0
Independent John Houston 414 1.4 +1.4
Majority 1,949 6.5
Turnout 29,911 50.1 -1,282
SNP gain from Labour Swing +6.6

Liberal Democrats and the Independent both polled under 5% and thus lost their deposits

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: East Kilbride
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 13,885 44.5
SNP 11,777 37.8
Conservative 2,854 9.1
Liberal Democrats 2,677 8.6
Majority 2,108 6.8
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: East Kilbride
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andy Kerr 15,334 42.7 +2.1
SNP Linda Fabiani 13,362 37.2 +12.1
Conservative Graham Simpson 4,115 11.5 +0.4
Liberal Democrats Dave Clark 3,092 8.6 +2.2
Majority 1,972 5.5
Turnout 35,903 53.6 +1.6
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: East Kilbride
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andy Kerr 13,825 40.56 -7.59
SNP Linda Fabiani 8,544 25.07 -7.42
Conservative Grace Campbell 3,785 11.10 -0.14
Scottish Socialist Carolyn Leckie 2,736 8.03 +8.03
Liberal Democrats Alex McKie 2,181 6.40 -1.73
Majority 5,281 15.49 -0.17
Turnout 34,087 52.06 -10.73
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: East Kilbride
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andy Kerr 19,987 48.38 N/A
SNP Linda Fabiani 13,488 32.65 N/A
Conservative Craig Stevenson 4,465 10.81 N/A
Liberal Democrats Ewan Hawthorn 3,373 8.16 N/A
Majority 6,499 15.73 N/A
Turnout
Labour hold Swing N/A

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland
  2. ^ Statement of Persons Nomination South Lanarkshire Council