East Kilbride (Scottish Parliament constituency)
for the Scottish Parliament
|Party||Scottish National Party|
|Council area||South Lanarkshire|
East Kilbride is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the Central Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
The other eight constituencies of the Central Scotland region are Airdrie and Shotts, Coatbridge and Chryston, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Falkirk East, Falkirk West, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Motherwell and Wishaw and Uddingston and Bellshill.
Constituency boundaries and council area
The constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of an existing Westminster constituency. In 2005, however, Scottish Westminster (House of Commons) constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.
The Holyrood constituency is one of five covering the South Lanarkshire council area, the others being Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, which is within the Central Scotland region, Rutherglen, within the Glasgow region, and Clydesdale, within the South Scotland region. Part of the Uddingston and Bellshill constituency includes parts of South Lanarkshire and is part of the Central Scotland region.
The electoral wards used in the creation of East Kilbride were:
- East Kilbride South, East Kilbride Central South, East Kilbride Central North, East Kilbride West, East Kilbride East
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|Liberal Democrats||Paul McGarry||1,009||2.9||+1.3|
The seat underwent boundary changes between 2007 and 2011.
|Liberal Democrats||Douglas Herbison||468||1.6||N/A|
|SNP win (new seat)|
|Liberal Democrats||Dave Clark||3,092||8.6||+2.2|
|Scottish Socialist||Carolyn Leckie||2,736||8.03||+8.03|
|Liberal Democrats||Alex McKie||2,181||6.40||-1.73|
|Liberal Democrats||Ewan Hawthorn||3,373||8.16||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived September 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- Statement of Persons Nomination South Lanarkshire Council