Strathkelvin and Bearsden (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Strathkelvin and Bearsden
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Strathkelvin and Bearsden (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
West Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Strathkelvin and Bearsden shown within the West Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created 1999
Party Scottish National Party
MSP Fiona McLeod
Council area East Dunbartonshire

Strathkelvin and Bearsden 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 ten constituencies in the West Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Electoral region[edit]

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

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

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

The Strathkelvin and Bearsden 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]

The rest of East Dunbartonshire is represented by the Clydebank and Milngavie constituency.

For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election the boundaries of the seat was altered to include the following electoral wards:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Sam Galbraith Labour
2001 Brian Fitzpatrick
2003 Jean Turner Independent
2007 David Whitton Labour
2011 Fiona McLeod Scottish National Party

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Fiona McLeod 14,258 42.2 +20
Labour David Whitton 12,456 36.9 +4.6
Conservative Stephen Fraser 4,438 13.1 -0.6
Liberal Democrats Gordon Findlay Macdonald 2,600 7.7 -4.5
Majority 1,802 5.3
Turnout 33,752 56.4
SNP gain from Labour Swing 7.7
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 11,527 32.3
SNP 7,944 22.3
Conservative 4,903 13.7
Liberal Democrats 4.345 12.2
Others 6,979 19.6
Majority 3,583 10.0
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Whitton 11,396 31.1 +1.2
SNP Robin Easton 8,008 21.9 +8.2
Independent Dr Jean Turner 6,742 18.4 -12.7
Conservative Stephanie Fraser 5,178 14.2 +2.8
Liberal Democrats Cathy McInnes 4,658 12.7 -1.3
Scottish Christian Bob Handyside 613 1.7 +1.7
Majority 3,388 9.3
Turnout 36,595 60.6
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Dr Jean Turner 10,988 31.10 +31.10
Labour Brian Fitzpatrick 10,550 29.86 -20.87
Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson 4,950 14.01 +4.23
SNP Fiona McLeod 4,846 13.71 - 8.43
Conservative Rory O'Brien 4,002 11.33 - 5.03
Independent gain from Labour Swing +1.24
Scottish Parliament by-election, 2001: Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brian Fitzpatrick 15,401 37.0
Independent Dr Jean Turner 7,572 18.2
Liberal Democrats John Morrison 7,147 17.2
SNP Janet Law 6,457 15.5
Conservative Charles Ferguson 5,037 12.1
Labour Co-op hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sam Galbraith 21,505 50.7 N/A
SNP Fiona McLeod 9,384 22.1 N/A
Conservative Charles Ferguson 6,934 16.4 N/A
Liberal Democrats Anne Howarth 4,144 9.8 N/A
Anti-Drug (Independent) Maxi Richards 423 1.0 N/A
Labour Co-op win (new seat)

Notes and references[edit]

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