Airdrie and Shotts (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|Airdrie and Shotts|
for the Scottish Parliament
|Party||Scottish National Party|
|Council area||North Lanarkshire|
Airdrie and Shotts is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. It is also one of nine constituencies in the Central 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.
The other eight constituencies of the Central Scotland region are Coatbridge and Chryston, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, East Kilbride, Falkirk East, Falkirk West, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Motherwell and Wishaw and Uddingston and Bellshill.
Constituency boundaries and council area
The 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, Scottish Westminster (House of Commons) constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.
The Holyrood constituency is one of four covering the North Lanarkshire council area, the others being Coatbridge and Chryston, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Motherwell and Wishaw and Uddingston and Bellshill. All five are within the Central Scotland electoral region.
Three of the four constituencies are entirely within the North Lanarkshire area. Uddingston and Bellshill straddles the boundary with the South Lanarkshire council area.
The electoral wards used in the creation of Airdrie and Shotts are:
- In full: Airdrie North, Airdrie Central, Airdrie South, Fortissat
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|Liberal Democrats||Louise Young||693||2.6||+0.4|
|Liberal Democrats||John Love||531||2.2||-3|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+5.5|
Liberal Democrats polled under 5% and thus lost their deposit
|Liberal Democrats||Robert Gorrie||1,452||5.4||-0.0|
|Scottish Voice||Mev Brown||970||3.6||+3.6|
|Scottish Socialist||Fraser Coates||2,096||8.36||+8.36|
|Liberal Democrats||Kevin Lang||1,346||5.37||-1.69|
|Liberal Democrats||David Miller||2,345||7.06||N/A|