Dundee West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Dundee West
Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Dundee West in Scotland
Subdivisions of ScotlandAngus/City of Dundee
Major settlementsDundee
Current constituency
Created1950
Member of ParliamentChris Law (SNP)
Created fromDundee

Dundee West is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post voting system.

The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, when the two-seat Dundee constituency was split into two single seat constituencies: Dundee East and Dundee West.

Boundaries[edit]

1950–1974: The County of the City of Dundee wards numbers 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

1974–1983: The County of the City of Dundee wards of Balgay, Camperdown, Downfield, Law, Lochee, and Riverside. The constituency boundaries remained unchanged.

1983–1997: The City of Dundee District electoral divisions of Ardler/Blackside, Central/Riverside, Downfield/St Mary's, Dudhope/Logie, Gourdie/Pitalpin, Law/Ancrum, Lochee, Menziehill/Ninewells, Rockwell/Fairmuir, and Trottick/Gillburn.

1997–2005: The City of Dundee District electoral divisions of Central, Charleston, Kingsway West, Kirkton, Law, Lochee, Ninewells, Riverside, and St Mary's.

2005–present: The area of the Dundee City Council other than that part in the Dundee East Burgh Constituency, and the Angus Council ward of Sidlaw West.

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

As well as covering an western portion of the city area, the West constituency also includes, to the north and west, part of the Angus council area. Similarly, the east constituency includes, to the north and east, another part of the Angus council area.

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]

Dundee West was formerly a safe seat for Labour. Labour's majority was reduced in 2005 by the SNP candidate Joe Fitzpatrick despite changes to the boundaries which should have favoured Labour; suggesting that the constituency might be becoming more marginal, although the gap widened again in 2010. The current MP is Chris Law, who was the first-ever MP from the Scottish National Party elected for Dundee West; as part of the party's near-clean sweep of the majority of Scottish seats at that year's general election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1950 John Strachey Labour
1963 by-election Peter Doig Labour
1979 Ernie Ross Labour
2005 Jim McGovern Labour
2015 Chris Law SNP

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Dundee West[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Chris Law 22,355 53.8 +7.1
Labour Jim Malone 10,096 24.3 -8.8
Conservative Tess White 5,149 12.4 -3.8
Liberal Democrats Daniel Coleman 2,468 5.9 +2.8
Brexit Party Stuart Waiton 1,271 3.1 New
CPA Quinta Arrey 240 0.6 New
Majority 12,259 29.5 +15.9
Turnout 41,579 64.5 +2.8
SNP hold Swing +7.1
General election 2017: Dundee West[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Chris Law[6] 18,045 46.7 -15.2
Labour Alan Cowan 12,783 33.1 +9.4
Conservative Darren Cormack 6,257 16.2 +7.6
Liberal Democrats Jenny Blain 1,189 3.1 +0.7
Independent Sean Dobson 403 1.0 New
Majority 5,262 13.6 -24.6
Turnout 38,677 61.7 -6.1
SNP hold Swing -12.3
General election 2015: Dundee West[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Chris Law 27,684 61.9 +33.0
Labour Michael Marra 10,592 23.7 −24.8
Conservative Nicola Ross 3,852 8.6 −0.7
Scottish Green Pauline Hinchion[9] 1,225 2.7 New
Liberal Democrats Daniel Coleman[10] 1,057 2.4 −9.0
TUSC Jim McFarlane[11] 304 0.7 −0.3
Majority 17,092 38.2 N/A
Turnout 44,714 67.8 +8.9
SNP gain from Labour Swing +28.9
General election 2010: Dundee West[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim McGovern 17,994 48.5 +3.9
SNP Jim Barrie 10,716 28.9 −1.1
Liberal Democrats John Barnett 4,233 11.4 −3.0
Conservative Colin Stewart 3,461 9.3 +1.0
Independent Andy McBride 365 1.0 New
TUSC Jim McFarlane 357 1.0 New
Majority 7,278 19.6 +5.0
Turnout 37,126 58.9 +2.8
Labour hold Swing +2.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Dundee West (new boundaries)[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim McGovern 16,468 44.6 -5.7
SNP Joe Fitzpatrick 11,089 30.0 +2.2
Liberal Democrats Nykoma Garry 5,323 14.4 +5.2
Conservative Christopher McKinlay 3,062 8.3 -0.6
Scottish Socialist Jim McFarlane 994 2.7 -1.2
Majority 5,379 14.6 N/A
Turnout 36,936 56.1 N/A
Labour hold Swing
General election 2001: Dundee West[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ernie Ross 14,787 50.6 −3.2
SNP Gordon Archer 7,987 27.3 +4.1
Conservative Ian Hail 2,656 9.1 −4.1
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Dick 2,620 9.0 +1.3
Scottish Socialist Jim McFarlane 1,192 4.1 New
Majority 6,800 23.3 -7.6
Turnout 29,242 54.4 −13.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Dundee West[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ernie Ross 20,875 53.8 +4.8
SNP John Dorward 9,016 23.2 −0.4
Conservative Neil Powrie 5,015 13.2 −5.3
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Dick 2,972 7.7 +0.2
Scottish Socialist Mary Ward 428 1.1 New
Referendum John MacMillan 411 1.1 New
Majority 11,859 30.6 +5.2
Turnout 38,717 67.7 −2.1
Labour hold Swing
General election 1992: Dundee West[17][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ernie Ross 20,498 49.0 −4.4
SNP Keith Brown 9,894 23.6 +8.3
Conservative Andrew Spearman 7,746 18.5 +0.5
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Dick 3,132 7.5 −5.2
Scottish Green Elly Hood 432 1.0 New
Natural Law Donald Arnold 159 0.4 New
Majority 10,604 25.4 -10.0
Turnout 41,861 69.8 -5.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1987: Dundee West[18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ernie Ross 24,916 53.4 +7.9
Conservative John Donnelly 8,390 18.0 -3.7
SNP Alasdair Morgan 7,164 15.3 -1.8
SDP Rosemary Lonie 5,922 12.7 -4.4
Communist Stephen Matthewson 308 0.7 New
Majority 16,526 35.4 +13.6
Turnout 46,700 75.4 +1.0
Labour hold Swing
General election 1983: Dundee West[20][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ernie Ross 20,288 43.5 -12.8
Conservative D. Senior 10,138 21.7 -8.9
SDP Elizabeth Dick 7,976 17.1 New
SNP James Lynch 7,973 17.1 +4.7
Ecology Patrick Marks 302 0.6 New
Majority 10,150 21.8 +1.0
Turnout 46,677 74.4 -4.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General election 1979: Dundee West[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ernie Ross 23,654 47.2 +6.2
SNP Jim Fairlie 13,197 26.4 -8.7
Conservative I. Stevenson 12,892 25.7 +7.2
Communist Raymond Mennie 316 0.6 -0.2
Majority 10,457 20.8 +14.9
Turnout 50,059 78.4 +4.1
Labour hold Swing
General election October 1974: Dundee West[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Doig 19,480 41.01 -2.02
SNP Jim Fairlie 16,678 35.11 +9.98
Conservative C.G. Findlay 8,769 18.46 -12.07
Liberal R. Hewett 2,195 4.62 New
Communist H. McLevy 381 0.80 -0.51
Majority 2,802 5.90 -7.40
Turnout 47,503 74.32 -6.94
Labour hold Swing
General election February 1974: Dundee West[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Doig 22,193 43.03 -8.51
Conservative M. Tomison 15,745 30.53 -7.43
SNP Jim Fairlie 12,959 25.13 +16.42
Communist H. McLevy 673 1.31 -0.28
Majority 6,448 12.50 -0.88
Turnout 51,570 81.26 +5.00
Labour hold Swing
General election 1970: Dundee West[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Doig 26,271 51.54
Conservative J.A. Payne 19,449 38.16
SNP J.A. Shepherd 4,441 8.71 New
Communist H. McLevy 809 1.59
Majority 6,822 13.38
Turnout 50,940 76.26
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General election 1966: Dundee West[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Doig 26,705 53.71 +0.37
Conservative C. A. MacNab 18,345 36.90 -7.65
Liberal J. W. Cruddas 3,454 6.95 New
Communist David Bowman 1,217 2.45 +0.03
Majority 8,360 16.81 +7.72
Turnout 49,721 79.90 -1.60
Labour hold Swing
General election 1964: Dundee West[24][25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Doig 27,090 53.3 +3.7
Conservative and National Liberal Henry Campbell Scarlett 22,473 44.2 -3.9
Communist David Bowman 1,228 2.4 +0.3
Majority 4,617 9.1 +7.8
Turnout 50,791 81.5 -1.4
Labour hold Swing
1963 by-election: Dundee West[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Doig 22,449 50.6 +0.9
Conservative and National Liberal Robert Taylor 17,494 39.4 -8.9
SNP James C. Lees 3,285 7.4 New
Communist David P. Bowman 1,170 2.6 +0.5
Majority 4,955 11.2 +9.8
Turnout 44,398 71.6 -11.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General election 1959: Dundee West[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Strachey 25,857 49.6 -1.1
Unionist Robert R. Taylor 25,143 48.3 +1.4
Communist David P. Bowman 1,087 2.1 -0.5
Majority 714 1.3 -2.3
Turnout 52,087 82.9 +0.2
Labour hold Swing
General election 1955: Dundee West[28][29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Strachey 26,082 50.52 -1.08
Conservative and National Liberal Gordon HM Pirie 24,208 46.89 New
Communist David P. Bowman 1,335 2.59 -0.09
Majority 1,874 3.63 -3.25
Turnout 51,625 82.70 -4.10
Labour hold Swing
General election 1951: Dundee West[30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Strachey 29,020 51.60 -1.90
Liberal John Junor 25,714 45.72 +43.87
Communist David P. Bowman 1,508 2.68 New
Majority 3,306 5.88 -2.98
Turnout 56,242 86.80 -1.28
Labour hold Swing
General election 1950: Dundee West[31][32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Strachey 28,386 53.50 N/A
Conservative and National Liberal Henry Scrymgeour-Wedderburn 23,685 44.64 N/A
Liberal Colin James Canning 986 1.86 N/A
Majority 4,701 8.86 N/A
Turnout 53,057 88.08 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

References[edit]

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  26. ^ The Times, 22 Nov 1963
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Coordinates: 56°30′15″N 3°05′05″W / 56.50417°N 3.08472°W / 56.50417; -3.08472