West of Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region)

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West of Scotland
Former electoral region
for the Scottish Parliament
West of Scotland 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
West of Scotland shown within Scotland
Former electoral region
Created 1999
Abolished 2011
Council areas Argyll and Bute (part)
East Dunbartonshire (part)
East Renfrewshire
Inverclyde
North Ayrshire (part)
Renfrewshire (part)
West Dunbartonshire
Constituencies Clydebank and Milngavie
Cunninghame North
Dumbarton
Eastwood
Greenock and Inverclyde
Paisley North
Paisley South
Strathkelvin and Bearsden
West Renfrewshire

West of Scotland was one of the eight electoral regions of the Scottish Parliament that were created in 1999. Nine of the Parliament's 73 first past the post constituencies were sub-divisions of the region and it elected seven of the 56 additional-member Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). Thus it elected a total of 16 MSPs.

The West of Scotland region shared boundaries with the Central Scotland, Glasgow, Highlands and Islands, and Mid Scotland and Fife regions.

Following the First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries it was eventually replaced by the West Scotland region.

Constituencies and local government areas[edit]

In terms of first past the post constituencies the region covered:

Map Constituency
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  1. Clydebank and Milngavie
    covers the eastern portion of the West Dunbartonshire council area and a western portion of the East Dunbartonshire council area.
  2. Cunninghame North
    covers a north-western portion of the Ayrshire North council area.
  3. Dumbarton
    covers a western portion of the West Dunbartonshire council area and a south-eastern portion of the Argyll and Bute council area.
  4. Eastwood
    covers the East Renfrewshire council area.
  5. Greenock and Inverclyde
    covers a western portion of the Inverclyde council area.
  6. Paisley North
    covers an eastern portion of the Renfrewshire council area.
  7. Paisley South
    covers a south eastern portion of the Renfrewshire council area.
  8. Strathkelvin and Bearsden
    covers the majority of the East Dunbartonshire council area.
  9. West Renfrewshire
    covers a western portion of the Renfrewshire council area and an eastern portion of the Inverclyde council area.

The constituencies were created in 1999 with the names and boundaries of Westminster constituencies, as existing in at that time. Scottish Westminster constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies in 2005.[1]

In terms of local government areas the region covered:

Boundary changes[edit]

The Boundary Commission recommended changes to the electoral regions used to elect "list" members of the Scottish Parliament. The "West Scotland" region consists of the constituencies of Clydebank and Milngavie; Cunninghame North; Cunninghame South; Dumbarton; Eastwood; Greenock and Inverclyde; Paisley; Renfrewshire North and West; Renfrewshire South; and Strthkelvin and Bearsden. These were newly formed constituencies.

Members of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Constituency MSPs[edit]

Term Election Strathkelvin and Bearsden Clydebank and Milngavie Dumbarton Eastwood Paisley South Paisley North West Renfrewshire Greenock and Iverclyde Cunninghame North
1st 1999 Sam Galbraith
(Labour)
Des McNulty
(Labour)
Jackie Baillie
(Labour)
Kenneth Macintosh
(Labour)
Hugh Henry
(Labour)
Wendy Alexander
(Labour)
Trish Godman
(Labour)
Duncan McNeil
(Labour)
Allan Wilson
(Labour)
Brian Fitzpatrick
(Labour)
2nd 2003 Jean Turner
Independent
3rd 2007 David Whitton
(Labour)
Kenneth Gibson
(SNP)

Regional List MSPs[edit]

N.B. This table is for presentation purposes only

Parliament MSP MSP MSP MSP MSP MSP MSP
1st
(1999-2003)
Colin Campbell
(SNP)
Kay Ullrich
(SNP)
Lloyd Quinan
(SNP)
Fiona McLeod
(SNP)
Ross Finnie
(Lib Dem)
Annabelle Goldie
(Conservative)
John Young
(Conservative)
2nd
(2003-07)
Stewart Maxwell
(SNP)
Campbell Martin
(SNP)
Bruce McFee
(SNP)
Frances Curran
(Socialist)
Murray Tosh
(Conservative)
3rd
(2007-11)
Stuart McMillan
(SNP)
Bill Wilson
(SNP)
Gil Paterson
(SNP)
Jackson Carlaw
(Conservative)

Election results[edit]

2007 Scottish Parliament election[edit]

In the 2007 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: West of Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Clydebank and Milngavie Des McNulty Labour hold
Cunninghame North Kenneth Gibson SNP gain from Labour
Dumbarton Jackie Baillie Labour hold
Eastwood Kenneth Macintosh Labour hold
Greenock and Inverclyde Duncan McNeil Labour hold
Paisley North Wendy Alexander Labour hold
Paisley South Hugh Henry Labour hold
Strathkelvin and Bearsden David Whitton Labour gain from Independent
West Renfrewshire Patricia Godman Labour hold

Additional member results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: West of Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Labour 0 0 91,725 34.2% -1.6%
SNP Stewart Maxwell
Gil Paterson
Bill Wilson
Stuart McMillan
4 +1 75,953 28.3% +8.7%
Conservative Annabel Goldie
Jackson Carlaw
2 ±0 40,637 15.2% -0.5%
Liberal Democrats Ross Finnie 1 ±0 22,515 8.4% -3.9%
Scottish Green 0 0 8,152 3.0% -2.6%
Scottish Senior Citizens 0 0 5,231 2.0% -0.8%
Solidarity 0 0 4,774 1.8% N/A
Scottish Christian 0 0 3,729 1.4% N/A
BNP 0 0 3,241 1.2% N/A
Christian Peoples 0 0 3,027 1.1% N/A
Save NHS Group 0 0 2,682 1.0% N/A
Scottish Socialist 0 -1 1,716 0.6% -6.6%
Socialist Labour 0 0 1,557 0.6% -0.6%
Scottish Unionist 0 0 1,245 0.5% -0.2%
UKIP 0 0 888 0.3% -0.3%
Scottish Voice 0 0 522 0.2% N/A
Scottish Jacobite Party 0 0 446 0.2% N/A
Socialist Equality Party (UK) 0 0 139 0.0% N/A

2003 Scottish Parliament election[edit]

In the 2003 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: West of Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Clydebank and Milngavie Des McNulty Labour
Cunninghame North Allan Wilson Labour
Dumbarton Jackie Baillie Labour
Eastwood Kenneth Macintosh Labour
Greenock and Inverclyde Duncan McNeil Labour
Paisley North Wendy Alexander Labour
Paisley South Hugh Henry Labour
Strathkelvin and Bearsden Jean Turner Independent
West Renfrewshire Patricia Godman Labour

Additional member results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: West of Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Labour 0 0 83,931 32.6% -5.9%
SNP Campbell Martin
Bruce McFee
Stewart Maxwell
3 −1 50,387 19.6% -6.3%
Conservative Annabel Goldie
Murray Tosh
2 ±0 40,261 15.7% -
Liberal Democrats Ross Finnie 1 ±0 31,580 12.3% +1.3%
Scottish Socialist Frances Curran 1 +1 18,591 7.2% +5.3
Scottish Green 0 0 14,544 5.7% +3.1%
Scottish Senior Citizens 0 0 7,100 2.8% N/A
ProLife Party 0 0 3,674 1.40% N/A
Socialist Labour 0 0 3,155 1.2% -0.2%
UKIP 0 0 1,662 0.6% N/A
Scottish Unionist 0 0 1,617 0.6% -
Scottish People's 0 0 674 0.3% N/A

1999 Scottish Parliament election[edit]

In the 1999 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 1999: West of Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Clydebank and Milngavie Des McNulty Labour win (new seat)
Cunninghame North Allan Wilson Labour win (new seat)
Dumbarton Jackie Baillie Labour win (new seat)
Eastwood Kenneth Macintosh Labour win (new seat)
Greenock and Inverclyde Duncan McNeil Labour win (new seat)
Paisley North Wendy Alexander Labour win (new seat)
Paisley South Hugh Henry Labour win (new seat)
Strathkelvin and Bearsden Sam Galbraith Labour win (new seat)
West Renfrewshire Patricia Godman Labour win (new seat)

Changes:

Additional member results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 1999: West of Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Labour 0 N/A 119,663 38.5% N/A
SNP Colin Campbell
Kay Ullrich
Lloyd Quinan
Fiona McLeod
4 N/A 80,417 25.9% N/A
Conservative Annabel Goldie
John Young
2 N/A 48,666 15.7% N/A
Liberal Democrats Ross Finnie 1 N/A 34,095 11.0% N/A
Scottish Green 0 N/A 8,174 2.6% N/A
Scottish Socialist 0 N/A 5,944 1.9% N/A
Socialist Labour 0 N/A 4,472 1.4% N/A
ProLife Alliance 0 N/A 3,227 1.0% N/A
Independent 0 N/A 2,761 0.9% N/A
Scottish Unionist 0 N/A 1,840 0.6% N/A
Natural Law Party 0 N/A 589 0.2% N/A
Independent 0 N/A 565 0.2% N/A

Footnotes[edit]

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