Paisley and Renfrewshire South (UK Parliament constituency)
|Paisley and Renfrewshire South|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Paisley and Renfrewshire South in Scotland.
|Member of parliament||Douglas Alexander (Labour)|
|Created from||Paisley South|
|European Parliament constituency||Scotland|
Paisley and Renfrewshire South is a constituency of the British House of Commons, located in Renfrewshire, Scotland to the southwest of Glasgow. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) at least once every five years using the first-past-the-post system of voting.
The seat was formed in 2005, and was traditionally a safe seat for the Labour Party, who currently have a majority of over 16,000. Its current MP is Douglas Alexander, who has been the constituency's MP since 2005 (and for the predecessor seat of Paisley South since 1997). Alexander is the current Shadow Foreign Secretary, and has previously held cabinet posts such as Transport Secretary and Scottish Secretary (2006-07; joint), and International Development Secretary (2007-10).
The constituency takes in the southern half of the town of Paisley, as well as the smaller town of Johnstone. The constituency also covers large tracts of rural Renfrewshire, including a number of villages around the many lochs in the area.
This new seat takes the majority of Paisley South with minor additions from neighbouring constituencies. Population areas in this seat include Glenburn, Saucel and Hunterhill, Johnstone and Kilbarchan.
Members of Parliament
Douglas Alexander has represented the constituency since its creation in 2005; he had previously represented the former constituency of Paisley South since a 1997 by-election.
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Paisley and Renfrewshire South|
|Liberal Democrat||Eileen McCartin|
|Scottish Socialist||Sandra Webster|
|General Election 2010: Paisley and Renfrewshire South|
|Liberal Democrats||Ashay Ghai||3,812||9.5||–8.1|
|Scottish Socialist||Jimmy Kerr||375||0.9||–1.1|
|General Election 2005: Paisley and Renfrewshire South|
|Liberal Democrats||Eileen McCartin||6,672||17.6||+8.0|
|Scottish Socialist||Iain Hogg||789||2.1||-0.7|
|Pride in Paisley Party||Gordon Matthew||381||1.0||+1.0|
|Socialist Labour||Howard Broadbent||107||0.3||+0.3|
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]