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 Philip Boswell (SNP) (2015-Present)
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. Its current MP is Philip Boswell of the Scottish National Party who gained the seat in the May 2015 Election, succeeding Labour MP Tom Clarke who had held the seat since the constituency creation in 2005, and held the seat of the previous constituencies Monklands West and Coatbridge & Chryston since 1982.


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 held this seat since its creation in 2005, having previously represented the predecessor constituencies of Monklands West and Coatbridge & Chryston since 1982, he was succeeded in May 2015 by Philip Boswell.

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

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

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.