Dundee East (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Dundee East in Scotland.
|Subdivisions of Scotland||Angus/City of Dundee|
|Member of parliament||Stewart Hosie (SNP)|
|European Parliament constituency||Scotland|
Dundee East is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (at Westminster). Created for the 1950 general election, it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post voting system.
Its MP, since 2005, has been Stewart Hosie of the Scottish National Party (SNP). On 14 November 2014, Hosie was elected deputy leader of the party, succeeding Nicola Sturgeon, who was elected the party leader.
Fanning out from the city's docklands, Dundee East takes in a series of mixed residential areas as far as the town of Carnoustie and the affluent suburb of Monifieth in the north-west. Prosperous middle-class enclaves like Barnhill and Broughty Ferry contrast with older tenement districts and council estates like Douglas and Whitfield.
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 Politics and history of the constituency
- 3 Members of Parliament
- 4 Election results
- 5 References
Following the Representation of the People Act 1948, the seat of Dundee East was described as being formed from:
- The First, Fourth, Fifth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth wards of the City of Dundee
Between 1955 and 1974, the description of the seat changed to;
Between 1974 and 1983 the electoral wards used in the creation of Dundee East were altered again, to comprise Broughty Ferry, Caird, Craigie, Douglas, Harbour and Hilltown. For the period from 1983 to 1997, this altered to the whole of electoral divisions 11 - 20 of the City of Dundee, whilst the period from 1997 to 2005 this changed to the whole of ward 7, parts of wards 4-6 and 8.
Prior to the 2005 election, both constituencies were entirely within the city area, and north-eastern and north-western areas of the city were within the Angus constituency. Scottish Parliament constituencies retain the older boundaries.
The electoral boundaries used from 2005 comprise either the whole or part of the electoral wards of Monifieth and Sidlaw, Carnoustie and District, The Ferry, East End, North East, Maryfield, Strathmartine, and an uninhabited slice of Kirriemuir and Dean ward.
Politics and history of the constituency
The Dundee East constituency has been a marginal seat between the SNP and Labour since the 1973 byelection. Although Labour won the seat in that by-election, the SNP established itself as the clear challenger and continued to advance, winning the seat in the next general election. Labour were thought to have underperformed in not winning the seat back in the 1979 general election, and the choice of the former Communist Jimmy Reid as Labour candidate was blamed for the loss.
Boundary changes which came into force in 2005 brought in many voters from more suburban areas formerly in the Angus constituency. Although estimates of the 2001 general election result on the new boundaries showed Labour ahead, the lead was exceptionally narrow, and after the SNP won the Scottish Parliament seat on the original boundaries in 2003, a close fight was expected (and occurred) in the 2005 general election.
In 2015 the incumbent SNP MP Stewart Hosie retained the seat with a majority of 19,162 (39.8%). This was the largest majority of any of the 56 SNP MPs in percentage terms, although a slightly larger numerical majority was achieved in Falkirk.
Members of Parliament
|1952 by-election||George Thomson||Labour|
|1973 by-election||George Machin||Labour|
|Feb 1974||Gordon Wilson||SNP|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Dundee East |
|Liberal Democrat||Craig Duncan||1,387||2.9||-7.7|
|Scottish Green||Helen Grayshan||895||1.9||+0.5|
|General Election 2010: Dundee East|
|Liberal Democrat||Clive Sneddon||4,285||10.6||−0.8|
|Scottish Green||Shiona Baird||542||1.3||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||Angela Gorrie||254||0.6||−0.7|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Dundee East|
|Liberal Democrat||Clive Sneddon||4,498||11.4||+2.7|
|Scottish Socialist||Harvey Duke||537||1.4||−1.2|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+1.1|
|General Election 2001: Dundee East|
|Liberal Democrat||Raymond Lawrie||2,784||8.6||+4.5|
|Scottish Socialist||Harvey Duke||879||2.7||+2.1|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Dundee East|
|Liberal Democrat||Gurudeo Saluja||1,677||4.1||0.0|
|Referendum Party||Edward Galloway||601||1.5||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||Harvey Duke||232||0.6||N/A|
|Natural Law||Elisabeth Mackenzie||146||0.4||+0.2|
|General Election 1992: Dundee East|
|Liberal Democrat||Ian Yuill||1,725||4.1||-0.5|
|Scottish Green||Shiona Baird||205||0.5||N/A|
|Natural Law||Ronald Baxter||77||0.2||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Dundee East|
|Conservative||Paul Stanley Cook||5,938||12.87||-2.6|
|Liberal||Margo Kerr von Romberg||2,143||4.64||-3.1|
|Labour gain from SNP||Swing|
|General Election 1983: Dundee East|
|Conservative||Mrs Barbara Vaughan||7,712||15.5||-2.7|
|Liberal||Stephen William Rottger||3,546||7.7||+3.1|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Dundee East|
|SNP||Robert Gordon Wilson||20,497||41.7||-6.7|
|Conservative||Brian James Taggart Townsend||9,072||18.2||+1.4|
|Workers Revolutionary||Roy Battersby||95||0.2||+0.2|
|General Election October 1974: Dundee East|
|SNP||Robert Gordon Wilson||22,120||47.7|
|Conservative||William Charles Walker||7,784||16.8|
|General Election February 1974: Dundee East|
|SNP||Robert Gordon Wilson||20,066||39.53|
|Christian Democratic Socialist||James Gourlay||220||0.43|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing|
|Dundee East by-election, 1973|
|SNP||Robert Gordon Wilson||13,270||30.1|
|Labour Party of Scotland||George MacLean||1,409||3.2|
|Independent||John S Thomson||182||0.4|
|General Election 1970: Dundee East|
|Labour||George M. Thomson||22,630||48.34|
|World Government Radical||E. G. Macfarlane||176||0.38|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Dundee East|
|Conservative||John Leslie Marshall||19,804||43.68|
|General Election 1964: Dundee East|
|Liberal National||John Leslie Marshall||21,499||45.20|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Dundee East|
|Liberal National||RA McCrindle||22,082||45.68|
|General Election 1955: Dundee East|
|Liberal National||R. R. Taylor||21,606||45.73|
|Dundee East by-election, 1952|
|SNP||Donald James Stewart||2,931|
|General Election 1951: Dundee East|
|General Election 1950: Dundee East|
|Labour win (new seat)|
-  Boundary Commission for Scotland
-  Boundary Commission for Scotland
-  Boundary Commission for Scotland
- The Times Guide to the House of Commons 2015. London: Times Books. 2015. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-00-812631-5.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
- election result http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/elections2015/eastresults 8Aug15
- "Stewart Hosie PPC page". Scottish National Party. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- "Dundee Labour campaigner Michael Marra aiming to compete for Gordon Brown's Westminster seat". Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- "UK Parliamentary Election : Dundee East" (PDF). Retrieved 10 April 2015.
- "Aristotle: Dundee East", Guardian Unlimited
- The Times Guide to the House of Commons June 1983. London: Times Books Limited. 1983. p. 99. ISBN 0-7230-0255-X.
- The Times Guide to the House of Commons May 1979. London: Times Books Limited. 1979. p. 98. ISBN 0-7230-0225-8.
- Whitaker's Almanack 1977
- Hazel, John W. (1977). John W Hazel's Book of Records. Dundee: D. Winter & Son Ltd. p. 51.
- Whitaker's Almanack 1963
- Hazel, John W. (1977). John W Hazel's Book of Records. Dundee: D. Winter & Son Ltd. p. 50.