Cunninghame South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Cunninghame South
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Cunninghame South in Scotland for the 2001 general election.
Subdivisions of ScotlandNorth Ayrshire
19832005
Number of membersOne
Replaced byNorth Ayrshire & Arran
Central Ayrshire
Created fromAyrshire Central
Bute and Northern Ayrshire[1]

Cunninghame South was a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (at Westminster) from 1983 until 2005. It was represented by one Member of Parliament (MP) elected by the first-past-the-post system of election.

In 2005 a northern area of the constituency was merged with Cunninghame North to form North Ayrshire and Arran. The rest of the Cunninghame South constituency was merged with a northern area from Ayr and a small area from Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley to form Central Ayrshire.

The Cunninghame South constituency of the Scottish Parliament, which was created in 1999 with the same boundaries as the Westminster constituency, continues in existence unaltered.

Boundaries[edit]

The Cunninghame District electoral divisions of Irvine Central, Irvine South, and Kilwinning and Stevenston.

The constituency was created to cover part of the Cunninghame district of the Strathclyde region, and it included the town of Irvine. The rest of the district was covered by Cunninghame North.

In 1996 the Cunninghame district was reconstituted as the North Ayrshire council area, but the constituency boundaries remained unchanged until the seat disappeared in 2005.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party Notes
1983 Constituency created, see Bute and Northern Ayrshire and Central Ayrshire
1983 David Lambie Labour Previous MP for Central Ayrshire
1992 Brian Donohoe Labour Subsequent MP for Central Ayrshire
2005 Constituency abolished, see Central Ayrshire and North Ayrshire and Arran

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1983: Cunninghame South[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Lambie 19,344 54.1 N/A
Conservative Phil Gallie 7,576 21.2 N/A
Liberal John Alan Boss 6,370 17.8 N/A
SNP Kay Ullrich 2,451 6.9 N/A
Majority 11,768 32.9 N/A
Turnout 35,741 73.6 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
General election 1987: Cunninghame South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Lambie 22,728 60.8 +6.7
Conservative Eric Gibson 6,095 16.3 −6.9
Liberal John Boss 4,426 11.9 −5.9
SNP Kay Ullrich 4,115 11.0 +5.1
Majority 16,633 46.6
Turnout 37,364 75.0 +1.4
Labour hold Swing +6.8

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1992: Cunninghame South[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Donohoe 19,687 52.9 −7.9
SNP Ricky Bell 9,007 24.2 +13.2
Conservative Sebastian Leslie 6,070 16.3 +0.0
Liberal Democrat Brian Ashley 2,299 6.2 −5.7
Natural Law William Jackson 128 0.4 N/A
Majority 10,680 28.7
Turnout 37,191 75.9 +0.9
Labour hold Swing
General election 1997: Cunninghame South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Donohoe 22,233 62.7 +9.8
SNP Margaret Burgess 7,364 20.8 −3.4
Conservative Pamela M. Paterson 3,571 10.1 −6.2
Liberal Democrat Erlend Watson 1,604 4.5 −1.7
Socialist Labour Krishna Edwin 494 1.4 N/A
Referendum Allan Martlew 178 0.5 N/A
Majority 14,869 42.0
Turnout 35,444 71.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2001: Cunninghame South[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Donohoe 16,424 58.4 −4.3
SNP Bill Kidd 5,194 18.5 −2.3
Conservative Pamela Paterson 2,782 9.9 −0.2
Liberal Democrat John Boyd 2,094 7.4 +2.9
Scottish Socialist Rosemary Byrne 1,233 4.4 N/A
Socialist Labour Bobby Cochrane 382 1.4 +0.0
Majority 11,230 39.9
Turnout 28,109 56.2 −15.3
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Cunninghame South', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 6)
  3. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.