Glasgow South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Glasgow South
Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland City of Glasgow
Current constituency
Created 2005
Member of parliament Stewart McDonald (SNP)
Created from Glasgow Cathcart
Glasgow Govan
Glasgow Rutherglen
Glasgow Pollok
European Parliament constituency Scotland

Glasgow South is a burgh constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster). It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

The constituency was first used in the general election of 2005.


Glasgow South is one of seven constituencies covering the Glasgow City council area. All are entirely within the council area.

Prior to the 2005 general election, the city area was covered by ten constituencies, of which two straddled boundaries with other council areas. The area of the South constituency was covered by the Glasgow Cathcart constituency and parts of the Glasgow Govan, Glasgow Rutherglen and Glasgow Pollok constituencies.[1]

Scottish Parliament constituencies retain the names and boundaries of the older Westminster constituencies.

Constituency profile[edit]

While this constituency includes some of Glasgow's few Conservative-voting areas, other areas such as Langside and Shawlands are SNP, with Labour in second place and the Conservatives far behind. Deprived housing estates typify the seat and there is a large Pakistani community which mainly resides in Pollokshields. Around a third of the constituents are Roman Catholics.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party Notes
2005 Tom Harris Labour MP for Glasgow Cathcart until 2005
2015 Stewart McDonald SNP

Election results[edit]

General Election 2015:Glasgow South[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Stewart McDonald 26,773 54.9 +34.7
Labour Tom Harris 14,504 29.7 -22.0
Conservative Kyle Thornton 4,752 9.7 -1.7
Scottish Green Alastair Whitelaw[4] 1,431 2.9 +0.5
Liberal Democrat Ewan Hoyle[5] 1,019 2.1 -9.7
TUSC Brian Smith[6] 299 0.6 -0.3
Majority 12,269 25.2
Turnout 48,778 65.9 +4.2%
General Election 2010: Glasgow South[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Harris 20,736 51.7 +4.5
SNP Malcolm Fleming 8,078 20.1 +7.5
Liberal Democrat Shabnum Mustapha 4,739 11.8 -7.2
Conservative Davena Rankin 4,592 11.5 -1.1
Scottish Green Marie Campbell 961 2.4 -2.0
BNP Michael Coyle 637 1.6
TUSC Brian Smith 351 0.9
Majority 12,658 31.6
Turnout 40,094 61.7 +5.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 2005: Glasgow South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Harris 18,153 47.2 -3.3
Liberal Democrat Arthur Sanderson 7,321 19.0 +6.6
SNP Finlay MacLean 4,860 12.6 -4.7
Conservative Janette McAlpine 4,836 12.6 -1.2
Scottish Green Kay Allan 1,692 4.4 +4.4
Scottish Socialist Ronnie Stevenson 1,303 3.4 -2.4
Socialist Labour Dorothy Entwistle 266 0.7
Majority 10,832 28.2
Turnout 38,431 55.8 +3.0
Labour hold Swing -5.0

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Notes and references[edit]

Coordinates: 55°48′46″N 4°16′20″W / 55.81278°N 4.27222°W / 55.81278; -4.27222