Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 55°53′06″N 4°03′36″W / 55.885°N 4.060°W / 55.885; -4.060

Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill in Scotland.
Subdivisions of Scotland North Lanarkshire
Current constituency
Created 2005
Member of parliament Hugh Gaffney (Labour)
Created from Coatbridge & Chryston
Hamilton North & Bellshill
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Scotland

Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) using the first-past-the-post voting system.

It was created for the 2005 general election, covering the whole area of the Coatbridge and Chryston constituency and parts of the Hamilton North and Bellshill seat. A small area in the eastern side of Coatbridge lies within the Airdrie and Shotts constituency. Its current MP is Hugh Gaffney of the Labour Party who gained the seat at the 2017 general election, succeeding SNP MP Philip Boswell who had held the seat since the SNP landslide victory in 2015.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the west of the North Lanarkshire council area, and is predominantly urban. Coatbridge lies in the south of the seat, with the urban/rural mix to the north extending in the eastern and western directions following the directions of commuter rail-lines.

Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill includes most of the territory of the former Monklands West constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Tom Clarke of the Scottish Labour Party held this seat from its creation in 2005, having previously represented the predecessor constituencies of Monklands West and Coatbridge & Chryston since 1982. Clarke lost his seat to Philip Boswell of the Scottish National Party in 2015 with Boswell then losing his seat two years later to Hugh Gaffney of the Labour Party.

Election Member[1] Party
2005 Tom Clarke Labour
2015 Philip Boswell Scottish National Party
2017 Hugh Gaffney Labour

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hugh Gaffney 19,193 42.6 +8.7
SNP Philip Boswell 17,607 39.1 -17.5
Conservative Robyn Halbert 7,318 16.2 +9.9
Liberal Democrat David Bennie 922 2.0 +1.0
Majority 1,586 3.5
Turnout 45,040 63.3 -5.3
Labour gain from SNP Swing +13.1
General Election 2015: Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Phil Boswell 28,696 56.6 +39.8
Labour Tom Clarke 17,195 33.9 -32.7
Conservative Mhairi Fraser 3,209 6.3 -1.8
UKIP Scott Cairns 1,049 2.1 N/A
Liberal Democrat Robert Simpson 549 1.1 -7.4
Majority 11,501 22.7 n/a
Turnout 50,698 68.6 +9.2
SNP gain from Labour Swing +36.3
General Election 2010: Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Clarke 27,728 66.6 +2.1
SNP Frances M. McGlinchey 7,014 16.9 +3.3
Liberal Democrat Kenneth C. Elder 3,519 8.5 −3.6
Conservative Fiona Houston 3,374 8.1 +0.9
Majority 20,714 49.75 −1.2
Turnout 41,766 59.4 +2.5
Labour hold Swing −0.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Clarke 24,725 64.5 −4.8
SNP Duncan Ross 5,206 13.6 −1.2
Liberal Democrat Rodney Ackland 4,605 12.0 +6.4
Conservative Lindsay S. Paterson 2,775 7.2 +2.2
Scottish Socialist Joan Kinloch 1,033 2.7 −2.4
Majority 19,519 50.9
Turnout 38,344 56.9 −3.0
Labour hold Swing −1.8

This 19,519 majority was the largest numerical majority for any Westminster MP during the 2005-2010 parliament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)
  2. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Election results". northlanarkshire.gov.uk. 5 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.