Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill (UK Parliament constituency)
|Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill in Scotland
|Subdivisions of Scotland||North Lanarkshire|
|Member of Parliament||Hugh Gaffney (Labour)|
|Created from||Coatbridge & Chryston|
Hamilton North & Bellshill
|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. Traditionally, the area served by the seat and its predecessors was the safest Labour area in Scotland. Its current MP is Hugh Gaffney of the Labour Party who gained the seat at the 2017 general election, succeeding SNP MP Phil Boswell who had held the seat since the SNP landslide victory in 2015.
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 include most of the territory of the former Monklands West constituency.
Members of Parliament
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 Phil Boswell of the Scottish National Party in 2015 with Boswell then losing his seat two years later to Hugh Gaffney of the Labour Party.
|2015||Phil Boswell||Scottish National Party|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||David Bennie||922||2.0||+1.0|
|Labour gain from SNP||Swing||+13.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Robert Simpson||549||1.1||-7.4|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+36.3|
|SNP||Frances M. McGlinchey||7,014||16.9||+3.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Kenneth C. Elder||3,519||8.5||−3.6|
Elections in the 2000s
|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|
- This 19,519 majority was the largest numerical majority for any Westminster MP during the 2005-2010 parliament.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election results". northlanarkshire.gov.uk. 5 May 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.
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