East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 55°23′24″N 3°39′40″W / 55.390°N 3.661°W / 55.390; -3.661

East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow in Scotland
Subdivisions of ScotlandSouth Lanarkshire
Major settlementsEast Kilbride, Strathaven, Lesmahagow
Current constituency
Created2005
Member of ParliamentLisa Cameron (SNP)
Created fromEast Kilbride
Clydesdale

East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow is a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which was first used in the general election of 2005. It replaced East Kilbride and some of Clydesdale, and it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

As created by the Fifth Review of the Boundary Commission for Scotland, the constituency is one of six covering the Dumfries and Galloway council area, the Scottish Borders council area and the South Lanarkshire council area. The other five constituencies are: Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, Lanark and Hamilton East and Rutherglen and Hamilton West.

The East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow constituency covers part of the South Lanarkshire council area. The rest of the council area is covered by the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency, the Lanark and Hamilton East constituency and the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency. The Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency also covers part of the Dumfries and Galloway council area and part of the Scottish Borders council area.

The terms of the East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow name refer to the towns of East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow. However, the constituency also includes the settlements of Auldhouse, Blackwood, Caldermill, Chapelton, Drumclog, Glassford, Kirkmuirhill, Jackton, Nerston, Stonehouse and Thorntonhall.

History[edit]

Until the SNP landslide at the 2015 election, the constituency, and its predecessors East Kilbride, Lanark, and Clydesdale, had been represented continuously by the Labour party since the late 1950s.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Notes
2005 Adam Ingram Labour Party Previously MP for East Kilbride
2010 Michael McCann Labour Party
2015 Lisa Cameron Scottish National Party

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

2019 general election: East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Lisa Cameron 26,113 46.4 +7.5
Labour Monique McAdams 12,791 22.7 -9.0
Conservative Gail Macgregor 11,961 21.2 -4.1
Liberal Democrats Ewan McRobert 3,760 6.7 +3.8
Scottish Green Erica Bradley-Young 1,153 2.0 New
UKIP David MacKay 559 1.0 -0.2
Majority 13,322 23.7 +16.5
Turnout 56,337 69.4 +2.1
SNP hold Swing +8.2
2017 general election: East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Lisa Cameron 21,023 38.9 -16.7
Labour Monique McAdams 17,157 31.7 +3.4
Conservative Mark McGeever 13,704 25.3 +13.5
Liberal Democrats Paul McGarry 1,590 2.9 +1.2
UKIP Janice MacKay 628 1.2 -0.8
Majority 3,866 7.2 -20.1
Turnout 54,102 67.3 -5.5
SNP hold Swing -10.1
2015 general election: East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Lisa Cameron 33,678 55.6 +32.6
Labour Michael McCann 17,151 28.3 -23.2
Conservative Graham Simpson 7,129 11.8 -1.2
UKIP Rob Sale 1,221 2.0 New
Liberal Democrats Paul McGarry[5] 1,042 1.7 -8.2
Independent John Houston 318 0.5 -0.1
Majority 16,527 27.3 N/A
Turnout 60,539 72.8 +6.2
SNP gain from Labour Swing +27.9
2010 general election: East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael McCann 26,241 51.5 +2.8
SNP John McKenna 11,738 23.0 +5.1
Conservative Graham Simpson 6,613 13.0 +3.0
Liberal Democrats John Loughton 5,052 9.9 -6.6
Scottish Green Kirsten Robb 1,003 2.0 -1.3
Independent John Houston 299 0.6 +0.3
Majority 14,503 28.5 -2.3
Turnout 50,946 66.6 +3.1
Labour hold Swing -1.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

2005 general election: East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Adam Ingram 23,264 48.7 -4.3
SNP Douglas Edwards 8,541 17.9 -5.8
Liberal Democrats John Oswald 7,904 16.6 +6.6
Conservative Tony Lewis 4,776 10.0 +0.3
Scottish Green Kirsten Robb 1,575 3.3 N/A
Independent Rose Gentle 1,513 3.2 N/A
Independent John Houston 160 0.3 N/A
Majority 14,723 30.8
Turnout 47,733 63.5 +1.6
Labour hold Swing +0.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK Parliamentary general election - Thursday 12 December 2019". South Lanarkshire Council. South Lanarkshire Council. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  2. ^ "East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  3. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  4. ^ Council, South Lanarkshire. "Elections". www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk.
  5. ^ "Central Scotland Liberal Democrats - Just another WordPress site". www.central.scot.