Paisley South (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Paisley South
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
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Paisley South shown within the West of Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
Abolished 2011
Council area Renfrewshire

Paisley 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 nine constituencies in the West of 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.

Paisley South will be replaced by Paisley for the Scottish Parliament election, 2011.

Electoral region[edit]

See also West of Scotland Scottish Parliament region

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

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

Constituency boundaries[edit]

The Paisley 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, the Westminster (House of Commons) constituency was abolished in favour of new constituencies.[1]

Council areas[edit]

The Holyrood constituency is within the Renfrewshire council area. The rest of the Renfrewshire area is covered by the Paisley North and West Renfrewshire.

The West Renfrewshire constituency also covers a portion of the Inverclyde council area.

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Hugh Henry Labour
2003
2007

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Paisley South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh Henry 12,123 47.5 +6.7
SNP Fiona McLeod 7,893 30.9 -0.1
Liberal Democrats Eileen McCartin 3,434 13.4 -0.6
Conservative Tom Begg 2,077 8.1 +1.0
Majority 4,230 16.6
Turnout 25,527 52.7
Labour hold Swing 3.4
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Paisley South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh Henry 10,190 40.79 -4.55
SNP Bill Martin 7,737 30.97 +0.29
Liberal Democrats Eileen McCartin 3,517 14.08 +4.38
Conservative Mark Jones 1,775 7.10 -0.94
Scottish Socialist Frances Curran 1,765 7.06 +7.06
Majority 2,453 9.82 -4.84
Turnout 24,984 50.15 -7.00
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Paisley South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh Henry 13,899 45.34 N/A
SNP Cllr Bill Martin 9,404 30.68 N/A
Liberal Democrats Stuart Callison 2,974 9.70 N/A
Conservative Shiela Laidlaw 2,433 7.94 N/A
Independent Paul Mack 1,273 4.15 N/A
Socialist Workers Jackie Forrest 673 2.20 N/A
Majority 4,495 14.66 N/A
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland