Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 55°18′04″N 4°37′05″W / 55.301°N 4.618°W / 55.301; -4.618

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock in Scotland for the 2005 general election.
Subdivisions of Scotland East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire
Current constituency
Created 2005
Member of parliament Corri Wilson (SNP)
Created from Ayr, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley
Scottish Parliament South Scotland
European Parliament constituency Scotland

Ayr, Carrick, and Cumnock is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created for the 2005 general election from parts of the old Ayr and Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituencies. It has been represented since 2015 by Corri Wilson of the Scottish National Party. Cumnock is notable as the birthplace of Keir Hardie, a founder of the Labour Party and its first leader.


Approximately two-thirds of the former Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency was attached to a third of the former marginal Ayr seat to form this new Westminster constituency. Ayr is a mix of council estates and affluent middle-class areas. Added to the town was an expanse of left-wing former mining villages. On a local level, Carrick has been largely Labour-voting, with the Conservatives doing well in northern Girvan and Coylton. In Ayr the Conservatives have performed strongly in Scottish Parliamentary elections and on a local level, with Labour remaining dominant north of the river Ayr and in patches of east Ayr. Recent Westminister elections suggest that support for the Conservatives has grown considerably in the town of Ayr since the constituency's creation in 2005, whilst in local elections and in the Scottish Parliament the SNP have made inroads in Ayr North and in a number of council estates in Ayr East, such as Kincaidston, South Belmont and Forehill. Support for Labour in Cumnock at local elections has remained strong compared to elsewhere in the constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
2005 Sandra Osborne Labour
2015 Corri Wilson Scottish National Party

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Ayr, Carrick, and Cumnock[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Corri Wilson 25,492 48.8 +30.8
Labour Sandra Osborne 14,227 27.3 -19.9
Conservative Lee Lyons 10,355 19.8 -5.7
UKIP Joseph William Adam-Smith[4] 1,280 2.5 N/A
Liberal Democrat Richard Brodie 855 1.6 -7.7
Majority 11,265 21.6
Turnout 52,209 71.5 +8.9
SNP gain from Labour Swing +25.4
General Election 2010: Ayr, Carrick, and Cumnock[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sandra Osborne 21,632 47.1 +1.8
Conservative William Grant 11,721 25.5 +2.4
SNP Chic Brodie 8,276 18.0 +4.9
Liberal Democrat James Taylor 4,264 9.3 -4.8
Majority 9,911 21.6
Turnout 45,893 62.6 +0.7
Labour hold Swing -0.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Ayr, Carrick, and Cumnock[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sandra Osborne 20,433 45.4
Conservative Mark Jones 10,436 23.2
Liberal Democrat Colin Waugh 6,341 14.1
SNP Chic Brodie 5,932 13.2
Scottish Senior Citizens Donald Sharp 592 1.3
Scottish Socialist Murray Steele 554 1.2
Socialist Labour James McDaid 395 0.9
UKIP Bryan McCormack 365 0.8
Majority 9,997 22.2
Turnout 45,048
Labour hold Swing