Eastwood (UK Parliament constituency)

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For the Scottish Parliament constituency, see Eastwood (Scottish Parliament constituency).
Eastwood
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland East Renfrewshire
Major settlements Renfrewshire
19832005
Number of members One
Replaced by East Renfrewshire

Eastwood was a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1983 until 2005. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1983 general election, when it partially replaced the former East Renfrewshire constituency, following changes in 1975 to local government boundaries.

The East Renfrewshire constituency was re-established for the 2005 general election, with the same boundaries as the Eastwood constituency. Despite the change of name, it is the only constituency in mainland Scotland whose boundaries were unchanged by the 2005 revision of Scottish constituencies.

In 1999, an Eastwood Scottish Parliament constituency was created with the name and boundaries of the Eastwood Westminster constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency lay to the south of Glasgow and included Clarkston, Newton Mearns, Eaglesham, Barrhead and Neilston.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1983 Allan Stewart Conservative and Unionist
1997 Jim Murphy Labour
2005 constituency renamed: see East Renfrewshire

Election results[edit]

Elections of the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2001: Eastwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Murphy 23,036 47.6 +7.9
Conservative Raymond Robertson 13,895 28.7 −4.8
Liberal Democrat Allan R.M. Steele 6,239 12.9 +1.2
SNP Stewart Maxwell 4,137 8.6 −4.5
Scottish Socialist Peter J. Murray 814 1.7 N/A
Independent Dr. Manar Tayan 247 0.5 N/A
Majority 9,141 18.9
Turnout 48,368 70.7 −7.6
Labour hold Swing +6.3

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Eastwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Murphy 20,766 39.7 +15.6
Conservative Paul Cullen 17,530 33.5 −13.2
SNP Douglas A. Yates 6,826 13.1 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Christopher M. Mason 6,110 11.7 −4.8
Referendum Party David I. Miller 497 1.0 N/A
ProLife Alliance Dr. Manar Tayan 393 0.8 N/A
UKIP Douglas McPherson 130 0.2 N/A
Majority 3,236 6.2
Turnout 52,252 77.4 −3.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 14.4
General Election 1992: Eastwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Allan Stewart 24,124 46.8 +7.3
Labour Peter Alexander Grant-Hutchinson 12,436 24.1 −1.0
Liberal Democrat Miss Moira Craig 8,493 16.5 −10.7
SNP Paul H. Scott 6,372 12.4 +4.2
Natural Law Dr. Lee Fergusson 146 0.3 N/A
Majority 11,688 22.7
Turnout 51,571 81.0 +1.6
Conservative hold Swing +4.2

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Eastwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Allan Stewart 19,388 39.5 −7.0
Social Democratic Ralph Mcllroy Leishman 13,374 27.2 −0.4
Labour Peter Alexander Grant-Hutchinson 12,305 25.1 +5.0
SNP James Alexander May Findlay 4,033 8.2 +2.4
Majority 6,014 12.3
Turnout 49,100 79.4 +6.8
Conservative hold Swing −3.3
General Election 1983: Eastwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Allan Stewart 21,072 46.5 N/A
Social Democratic J. Pickett 12,477 27.6 N/A
Labour J. McGuire 9,083 20.1 N/A
SNP Ms. J. Herriot 2,618 5.8 N/A
Majority 8,595 18.9 N/A
Turnout 45,250 72.6 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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