Airdrie and Shotts (UK Parliament constituency)
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|Airdrie and Shotts|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Airdrie and Shotts in Scotland for the 2005 general election.
|Subdivisions of Scotland||North Lanarkshire|
|Member of parliament||Neil Gray (SNP)|
|Created from||Monklands East|
|Scottish Parliament||Central Scotland|
|European Parliament constituency||Scotland|
Airdrie and Shotts is a constituency of the British House of Commons, located in central Scotland within the North Lanarkshire council area. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) at least once every five years using the first-past-the-post system of voting.
The constituency has existed since 1997; however, it underwent significant boundary changes in 2005. Before 2015 it could have been described as a safe seat for the Labour Party, who held it with a majority of over 12,000 votes until its current MP, Neil Gray of the Scottish National Party, was elected in that year's general election. Former MPs for the constituency include Pamela Nash, former Baby of the House, John Reid, former Labour Home Secretary and Defence Secretary, and Helen Liddell, former Labour Scottish Secretary.
Boundaries and history
1997-2005: The Monklands District electoral divisions of Airdrie North and Airdrie South, and the Motherwell District electoral division of Fortissat.
2005–present: The North Lanarkshire Council wards of Academy, Airdrie Central, Benhar, Calderbank, Chapelhall, Clarkston, Craigneuk and Petersburn, Dykehead, Holytown, New Monkland West, Newarthill, Newmains, North Cairnhill and Coatdyke, Plains and Caldercruix, Salsburgh, South East Cairnhill and Gartlea, Stane, and Whinhall.
The majority of the newly created constituency maintains the boundaries of its predecessor. From North Lanarkshire come Holytown and Newarthill. This seat is positioned on either side of the M8 motorway to Glasgow.
Small semi-urban towns such as Stane, Dykehead and Shotts were added to Airdrie in the 1997 redistribution to form this seat, the predecessor of which was Monklands East. An area in the eastern part of Coatbridge is also part of the constituency.
The 2005 changes saw the seat lose some territory to Motherwell and Wishaw whilst gaining part of Hamilton North and Bellshill. It proved to be a Labour Party stronghold from its creation until the SNP won it in 2015.
Members of Parliament
|2015||Neil Gray||Scottish National Party|
Elections of the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||John Love||678||1.5||−6.6|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+27.2|
|Liberal Democrat||John Love||2,898||8.1||−3.4|
Elections of the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Helen Watt||3,792||11.4||+3.9|
|Scottish Socialist||Fraser Coats||706||2.1||−1.6|
|Scottish Independence Party||Joseph Rowan||337||1.0||N/A|
|SNP||Mrs. Alison Jean Lindsay||6,138||19.3||−5.1|
|Liberal Democrat||John Love||2,376||7.5||+3.3|
|Scottish Unionist||Mark Dempsey||1,439||4.5||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||Kenny McGuigan||1,171||3.7||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Christ Herriot||174||0.5||N/A|
Elections of the 1990s
|SNP||Keith R.A. Robertson||10,048||24.4||N/A|
|Conservative||Nicholas H. Brook||3,660||8.9||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Richard G. Wolseley||1,719||4.2||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.