Glasgow Hillhead (UK Parliament constituency)

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For the district of Glasgow, see Hillhead; for the local government ward, see Politics of Glasgow.
Glasgow Hillhead
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland City of Glasgow
19181997
Number of members One

Glasgow Hillhead was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1918 until 1997. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) using the first-past-the-post voting system.

Boundaries[edit]

In 1918 the constituency consisted of "That portion of the city which is bounded by a line commencing at a point in the municipal boundary at its intersection with the centre line of the River Kelvin, thence southeastward, southward and southwestward along the centre line of the River Kelvin to the centre line of the North British Railway (Stobcross Branch), thence north-westward along the centre of the said North British Railway to its intersection with the municipal boundary, thence northeastward along the municipal boundary to the point of commencement".

History[edit]

Along with Glasgow Cathcart, Hillhead was one of two safe Conservative seats in Glasgow for several decades.But the majorities in both constituencies were gradually reduced by Labour in the 1970s; Cathcart went Labour in 1979 (their only loss in their overall national victory that year), while Hillhead just remained Conservative by a small majority. In the subsequent by-election of 1982, the Conservatives lost their final seat in Glasgow not to Labour but to the newly formed SDP, with the former Labour cabinet minister Roy Jenkins becoming the MP. Jenkins held on in 1983 but lost the seat to George Galloway in 1987.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Sir Robert Horne Conservative
1937 by-election James Reid Conservative
1948 by-election Tam Galbraith Conservative
1982 by-election Roy Jenkins SDP
1987 George Galloway Labour
1997 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Glasgow Hillhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Galloway 15,148 38.5
Liberal Democrat Chris Mason 10,322 26.2
Conservative Aileen Bates 6,728 17.1
SNP Sandra White 6,484 16.5
Green Ms. Lizbeth. R. Collie 558 1.4
Revolutionary Communist Ms. Helen Gold 73 0.2
Natural Law Duncan Patterson 60 0.1
Majority 4,826 12.3
Turnout 68.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Glasgow Hillhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Galloway 17,958 42.9
Social Democrat Roy Jenkins 14,707 35.1
Conservative Brian David Cooklin 6,048 14.5
SNP Bill Kidd 2,713 6.5
Green Alastair Whitelaw 443 1.1
Majority 3,251 7.8
Turnout 41,869 72.4
Labour gain from Social Democrat Swing
General Election 1983: Glasgow Hillhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Democrat Roy Jenkins 14,856 36.2
Labour Neil Carmichael 13,692 33.4
Conservative Murray Tosh 9,678 23.5
SNP George Leslie 2,203 5.4
Independent Conservative John P. Davidson 249 0.6
Scottish Green Alastair Whitelaw 239 0.6
Animal Rights Campaign - Scottish Anti-Vivisection John Frederick Robins 139 0.3
Majority 1,164 2.8
Turnout 41,056 71.9
Social Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Glasgow Hillhead by-election, 1982
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Democrat Roy Jenkins 10,106 33.4 N/A
Conservative Gerry Malone 8,068 26.6 - 14.4
Labour David Wiseman 7,846 25.9 - 8.5
SNP George Leslie 3,416 11.3 + 1.2
Protestant Crusade against the Papal Visit Rev Jack Glass 388 1.3 N/A
Social Democrat (1979) Roy Harold Jenkins 282 0.9 N/A
Ecology Nicolette Carlaw 178 0.6 N/A
Public Safety Democratic Monarchist White Resident Bill Boaks 5 0.0 N/A
Majority 2,038 6.8 - 0.2
Turnout 76.4 + 0.7
Social Democrat gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Glasgow Hillhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tam Galbraith 12,368 41.0
Labour R Mowbray 10,366 34.4
Liberal M Harris 4,349 14.4
SNP G Borthwick 3,050 10.1
Majority 2,002 6.6
Turnout 71.9
General Election October 1974: Glasgow Hillhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tam Galbraith 11,203 37.1
Labour D Welsh 8,507 28.2
SNP G Borthwick 6,897 22.9
Liberal A Rennie 3,596 11.9
Majority 2,696 8.9
Turnout 72.4
General Election February 1974: Glasgow Hillhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tam Galbraith 14,378 44.0
Labour D Welsh 7,997 24.4
Liberal L Steedman 6,644 20.3
SNP K Bovey 3,702 11.3
Majority 6,381 19.5
Turnout 78.8
General Election 1970: Glasgow Hillhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tam Galbraith 14,674 61.3
Labour Vince Cable 7,303 30.5
SNP G Wotherspoon 1,957 8.2
Majority 14,674 30.1
Turnout 69.5

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

By-election 1937: Glasgow Hillhead [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rt Hon James Scott Cumberland Reid KC 12,539
Labour G. McAllister 7,539
SNP John MacCormick 1,886
Independent D. J. Black 221
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Glasgow Hillhead [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rt Hon Sir Robert Horne GBE KC 21,279
Labour C. A. O'Donnell 7,539
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1924: Glasgow Hillhead [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Conservative Rt Hon Sir Robert Horne 14,572
Labour J.L. Kinloch 6,957
General Election 1923: Glasgow Hillhead [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rt Hon Sir Robert Horne 9,757
Labour J.L. Kinloch 5,059
Liberal Maj E.J. Donaldson 4,331
General Election 1918: Glasgow Hillhead [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Conservative Rt Hon Sir Robert Horne KBE KC 12,803
Labour J. Izett 4,186

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
  2. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  3. ^ Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanac, 1927
  4. ^ The Times, 8 December 1923
  5. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920