Rutherglen (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Rutherglen
Scottish Parliament
burgh constituency
Rutherglen (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Glasgow (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Rutherglen shown within the Glasgow electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 2011
MSP James Kelly
Council area South Lanarkshire
Party Labour

Rutherglen is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, it is one of nine constituencies in the Glasgow electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to the nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Originally called Glasgow Rutherglen, in 2011 the boundaries were redrawn and the new constituency renamed simply Rutherglen.

Electoral region[edit]

The other eight constituencies of the Glasgow region are Glasgow Anniesland, Glasgow Cathcart, Glasgow Kelvin, Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, Glasgow Pollok, Glasgow Provan, Glasgow Shettleston and Glasgow Southside.

The region covers the Glasgow City council area and a north-western portion of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council areas[edit]

The newly redrawn seat of Rutherglen consists of the following electoral wards:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

As Glasgow Rutherglen

Election Member Party
1999 Janis Hughes Labour
2003
2007 James Kelly Labour

As Rutherglen

Election Member Party
2011 James Kelly Labour

Election results[edit]

2011 Scottish Parliament election: Rutherglen
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Kelly 12,489 46.1 +1.5
SNP James McGuigan 10,710 39.5 +16.3
Conservative Martyn McIntyre 2,096 7.7 -0.9
Liberal Democrats Lisa Strachan 1,194 4.4 -14.8
Independent Caroline Johnstone 633 2.3 +2.3
Majority 1,779 6.6
Turnout 27,122 47.7 -651
Labour hold Swing

Liberal Democrats and the Independent both gained under 5% of the poll and thus lost their deposit

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Rutherglen
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 12,378 44.6
SNP 6,431 23.2
Liberal Democrats 5,343 19.2
Conservative 2,396 8.6
Others 1,225 4.4
Majority 5,947 21.4
Labour hold Swing
2007 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Rutherglen
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Kelly 10,237 42.2 -3.6
SNP Margaret Park 5,857 24.2 +9.2
Liberal Democrats Robert Brown 5,516 22.7 +3.6
Conservative Christina Harcus 2,094 8.6 -2.0
Scottish Christian Tom Greig 548 2.3 +2.3
Majority 4,380 18.1
Turnout 24,252 48.5 +0.9
Labour hold Swing -6.5
2003 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Rutherglen
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janis Hughes 10,794 45.8 -0.5
Liberal Democrats Robert Brown 4,491 19.1 -0.9
SNP Anne McLaughlin 3,517 14.9 -6.3
Conservative Gavin Brown 2,499 10.6 +2.6
Scottish Socialist Bill Bonnar 2,259 9.6 +6.7
Majority 6,303 26.8 +1.7
Turnout 23,560 47.6
Labour hold Swing -0.5
1999 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Rutherglen
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janis Hughes 13,442 46.3 N/A
SNP Tom Chalmers 6,155 21.2 N/A
Liberal Democrats Robert Brown 5,798 20.0 N/A
Conservative Iain Stewart 2,315 8.0 N/A
Scottish Socialist William Bonnar 832 2.9 N/A
Socialist Labour James Nisbet 481 1.7 N/A
Majority 7,287 25.1 N/A
Turnout 15,583 56.4 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

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