Glasgow Baillieston (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|Former burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
|Council area||Glasgow City|
Glasgow Baillieston was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elected one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. The seat was represented by Labour's Margaret Curran from the inception of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 until her retirement in 2011.
The current Glasgow Baillieston 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 entirely within the Glasgow City council area, on the area's eastern boundary. It is east of the Shettleston and Springburn constituencies and north of the Rutherglen constituency. Shettleston and Springburn are also entirely within the city area. Rutherglen straddles the boundary between the Glasgow City and South Lanarkshire council areas.
Following their First Periodic review of constituencies to the Scottish Parliament the Boundary Commission for Scotland recommended the abolition of the Baillieston constituency. The Garrowhill, Bailliston, Swinton, and Barlanark areas of the Baillieston electoral area were combined with Calton and Shettleston, to form an enlarged Glasgow Shettleston constituency, whilst the East Centre, North East, and remaining areas of the Baillieston ward form a newly created Glasgow Provan constituency.
The constituency included the areas of Ballieston, Mount Vernon, Easterhouse, Barlanark and Gartloch. It is industrial in character and has high levels of unemployment, one-parent families and drug abuse.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|2011||Constituency abolished; see Glasgow Provan|
|Liberal Democrats||David Jackson||1,060||6.1||-0.5|
|Scottish Christian||George Hargreaves||588||3.4||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||Jim McVicar||2,461||13.5%||+5.6%|
|Liberal Democrats||David Jackson||1,201||6.6%||+3.1%|
|SNP||Dorothy Grace Elder||8,217||34.66%||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||James McVicar||1,864||7.86%||N/A|
|Conservative||Dr Kate Pickering||1,526||6.44%||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Judith Fryer||813||3.43%||N/A|
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived September 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.