Dundee East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Dundee East
Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Dundee East in Scotland.
Subdivisions of Scotland Angus/City of Dundee
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of parliament Stewart Hosie (SNP)
Created from Dundee
Overlaps
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.

Boundaries[edit]

1950-1974: The County of the City of Dundee wards numbers 1, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12.

1974-1983: The County of the City of Dundee wards of Broughty Ferry, Caird, Craigie, Douglas, Harbour, and Hilltown. Although the official description of the constituency changed, the boundaries remained the same as those of 1950.

1983-1997: The City of Dundee District electoral divisions of Balgillo/Eastern, Caird/Midhill, Clepington/Maryfield, Coldside/Hilltown, Craigiebank, Douglas/Drumgeith, Fintry, Welgate/Baxter Park, West Ferry/Broughty Ferry, and Whitfield/Longhaugh.

1997-2005: The City of Dundee District electoral divisions of Barnhill, Broughty Ferry, Clepington, Dens, Douglas and Angus, Fintry, Kingsway East, Stannergate, and Whitfield.

2005-present: The Dundee City Council wards of Balgillo, Barnhill, Baxter Park, Broughty Ferry, Claverhouse, Craigiebank, Douglas, East Port, Longhaugh, Pitkerro, West Ferry, and Whitfield, and the Angus Council wards of Carnoustie Central, Carnoustie East, Carnoustie West, Monifieth Central, Monifieth West, and Sidlaw East and Ashludie.

The current constituency is one of two covering the City of Dundee council area, the other being Dundee West. Current boundaries were first used in the 2005 general election.

Prior to the 2005 election, both constituencies were entirely within the city area, and the north-eastern and north-western areas of the city were within the Angus constituency. Scottish Parliament constituencies retain the older boundaries.

Politics and history of the constituency[edit]

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. John McAllion regained the constituency for Labour at the 1987 general election.

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. The constituency was gained by the SNP's Stewart Hosie, who won the constituency with a 1.0% vote majority ahead of Labour in 2005, which he increased to 4.5% at the 2010 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.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1950 Thomas Cook Labour
1952 by-election George Thomson Labour
1973 by-election George Machin Labour
Feb 1974 Gordon Wilson SNP
1987 John McAllion Labour
2001 Iain Luke Labour
2005 Stewart Hosie SNP

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Dundee East[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Stewart Hosie[5] 28,765 59.7 +21.9
Labour Lesley Brennan[6] 9,603 19.9 −13.4
Conservative Bill Bowman 7,206 15.0 −0.3
Liberal Democrat Craig Duncan[7] 1,387 2.9 −7.7
Scottish Green Helen Grayshan[8] 895 1.9 +0.5
CISTA Lesley Parker-Hamilton[9] 225 0.5 N/A
TUSC Carlo Morelli[9] 104 0.2 N/A
Majority 19,162 39.8 +34.3
Turnout 48,185 71.0 +9.0
SNP hold Swing +17.7
General Election 2010: Dundee East[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Stewart Hosie 15,350 37.8 +0.6
Labour Katrina Murray 13,529 33.3 −2.9
Conservative Chris Bustin 6,177 15.2 +2.4
Liberal Democrat Clive Sneddon 4,285 10.6 −0.8
Scottish Green Shiona Baird 542 1.3 N/A
UKIP Mike Arthur 431 1.1 +0.4
Scottish Socialist Angela Gorrie 254 0.6 −0.7
Majority 1,821 4.5
Turnout 40,568 62.0 −0.5
SNP hold Swing +1.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Dundee East[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Stewart Hosie 14,708 37.2 +1.1
Labour Iain Luke 14,325 36.2 −1.2
Conservative Chris Bustin 5,061 12.8 −2.5
Liberal Democrat Clive Sneddon 4,498 11.4 +2.7
Scottish Socialist Harvey Duke 537 1.4 −1.2
UKIP Donald Low 292 0.7 N/A
Independent David Allison 119 0.3 N/A
Majority 383 1.0
Turnout 39,540 62.4 +3.3
SNP gain from Labour Swing +1.1
General Election 2001: Dundee East[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Iain Luke 14,635 45.2 −5.9
SNP Stewart Hosie 10,169 31.4 +4.9
Conservative Alan Donnelly 3,900 12.0 −3.7
Liberal Democrat Raymond Lawrie 2,784 8.6 +4.5
Scottish Socialist Harvey Duke 879 2.7 +2.1
Majority 4,466 13.8
Turnout 32,367 57.3 −12.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Dundee East[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John McAllion 20,718 51.1 +7.0
SNP Shona Robison 10,757 26.5 −6.9
Conservative Bruce Mackie 6,397 15.8 −2.0
Liberal Democrat Gurudeo Saluja 1,677 4.1 0.0
Referendum 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
Majority 9,961 24.6
Turnout 40,528 69.3 −2.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Dundee East[15][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John McAllion 18,761 44.1 +1.8
SNP David Coutts 14,197 33.4 −6.7
Conservative Steve Blackwood 7,549 17.8 +4.9
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
Majority 4,564 10.7
Turnout 72.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Dundee East[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John McAllion 19,539 42.34 +9.3
SNP Robert Gordon Wilson 18,524 40.14 −3.7
Conservative Paul Stanley Cook 5,938 12.87 −2.6
Liberal Margo Kerr von Romberg 2,143 4.64 −3.1
Majority 1,015 2.20
Turnout 75.89
Labour gain from SNP Swing
General Election 1983: Dundee East[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Robert Gordon Wilson 20,276 43.8 +2.1
Labour Charles Bowman 15,260 33.0 −3.0
Conservative Mrs Barbara Vaughan 7,712 15.5 −2.7
Liberal Stephen William Rottger 3,546 7.7 +3.1
Majority 5,016 10.8 +5.8
Turnout 73.71
SNP hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Dundee East[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Robert Gordon Wilson 20,497 41.7 −6.7
Labour Jimmy Reid 17,978 36.0 +3.3
Conservative Brian James Taggart Townsend 9,072 18.2 +1.4
Liberal Charles Gilchrist Brodie 2,317 4.6 +1.8
Workers Revolutionary Roy Battersby 95 0.2 N/A
Majority 2,519 5.04
Turnout 77.66
SNP hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Dundee East[19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Robert Gordon Wilson 22,120 47.7
Labour George Machin 15,137 32.7
Conservative William Charles Walker 7,784 16.8
Liberal Charles Gilchrist Brodie 1,302 2.8
Majority 6,983 15.07
Turnout 73.38
SNP hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Dundee East[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Robert Gordon Wilson 20,066 39.53
Labour George Machin 17,100 33.69
Conservative James George Clyde 13,371 26.34
Christian Democratic Socialist James Gourlay 220 0.43
Majority 2,966 5.84
Turnout 81.09
SNP gain from Labour Swing
Dundee East by-election, 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Machin 14,411 32.74 -15.60
SNP Robert Gordon Wilson 13,270 30.15 +21.22
Conservative William Fitzgerald 11,089 25.19 -17.17
Liberal Nathaniel Gordon 3,653 8.30 N/A
Labour Party of Scotland George MacLean 1,409 3.20 N/A
Independent John S Thomson 182 0.41 N/A
Majority 1,141 2.59 -3.39
Turnout 44,014
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Dundee East[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Morgan Thomson 22,630 48.34
Conservative John Allan Stewart 19,832 42.36
SNP Ian Macaulay 4,181 8.93
World Government Radical E. G. Macfarlane 176 0.38
Majority 2,798 5.98
Turnout 75.97
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Dundee East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Morgan Thomson 25,530 56.32
Conservative John Leslie Marshall 19,804 43.68
Majority 5,726 12.63
Turnout 78.84
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Dundee East[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Morgan Thomson 26,062 54.80
Conservative and National Liberal John Leslie Marshall 21,499 45.20
Majority 4,563 9.59
Turnout 80.00
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Dundee East[23][24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Morgan Thomson 26,263 54.32
Conservative and National Liberal Robert A McCrindle 22,082 45.68
Majority 4,181 8.65
Turnout 82.59
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Dundee East[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Morgan Thomson 25,646 54.27
Conservative and National Liberal Robert R. Taylor 21,606 45.73
Majority 4,040 8.55
Turnout 82.32
Labour hold Swing
Dundee East by-election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Morgan Thomson 22,161 56.64 +2.80
Conservative and National Liberal Paul Cowcher 14,035 35.87 -10.29
SNP Donald James Stewart 2,931 7.49 N/A
Independent Mr E G MacFarlane 290 0.74 N/A
Majority 8,126 20.77 +13.09
Turnout 39,127
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Dundee East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Fotheringham Cook 26,668 53.84
Unionist Miss Janet Sutherland Murray 22,863 46.16
Majority 3,805 7.68
Turnout 87.23
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Dundee East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Fotheringham Cook 26,005 53.34 N/A
National Liberal and Conservative James Henderson 21,658 44.42 N/A
Communist David P Bowman 1,093 2.24 N/A
Majority 4,347 8.92 N/A
Turnout 88.60 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/elections2015/eastresults
  5. ^ "Stewart Hosie PPC page". Scottish National Party. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  6. ^ http://electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/dundee-east-2015.html
  7. ^ "Dundee Labour campaigner Michael Marra aiming to compete for Gordon Brown's Westminster seat". Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.dundeegreens.org.uk/2015/01/13/dundee-greens-announce-westminster-candidates/
  9. ^ a b "UK Parliamentary Election : Dundee East" (PDF). Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Aristotle: Dundee East", Guardian Unlimited
  15. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  18. ^ The Times Guide to the House of Commons June 1983. London: Times Books Limited. 1983. p. 99. ISBN 0-7230-0255-X. 
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  20. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1977
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  23. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1963
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