Glasgow Central (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Subdivisions of Scotland||City of Glasgow|
|Major settlements||Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Dumbreck, Glasgow, Pollokshields|
|Member of Parliament||Alison Thewliss (SNP)|
|Created from||Glasgow Govan|
|Number of members||One|
|Type of constituency||Burgh constituency|
|Replaced by||Glasgow Cathcart, Glasgow Govan, Glasgow Kelvin, Glasgow Shettleston and Glasgow Springburn|
Glasgow Central is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (at Westminster). In its current form, the constituency was first used at the 2005 general election, but there was also a Glasgow Central constituency that existed from 1885–1997. The sitting MP is Alison Thewliss of the Scottish National Party, who was first elected in May 2015. This constituency was also the seat of the former Conservative Prime Minister Bonar Law, who was the shortest-serving UK Prime Minister of the twentieth century.
1885–1918: The Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Municipal Wards.
1918–1950: "That portion of the city which is bounded by a line commencing at a point at the intersection of the centre lines of Parliamentary Road and Castle Street, thence southward along the centre line of Castle Street to the centre line of Alexandra Parade, thence eastward along the centre line of Alexandra Parade to the centre line of Firpark Street, thence southward along the centre line of Firpark Street and Ark Lane to the centre line of Duke Street, thence westward along the centre line of Duke Street to the centre line of Sydney Street, thence southward along the centre line of Sydney Street to the centre line of Gallowgate, thence westward along the centre line of Gallowgate to the centre line of Saltmarket, thence southward along the centre line of Saltmarket and Albert Bridge to the centre line of the River Clyde, thence westward along the centre line of the River Clyde to a point in line with the centre line of McAlpine Street, thence northward along the centre line of McAlpine Street, Pitt Street and Scott Street to the centre line of New City Road, thence south-eastward along the centre line of New City Road and Cowcaddens to the centre line of Buchanan Street, thence southward along the centre line of Buchanan Street to the centre line of Parliamentary Road, thence north-eastward along the centre line of Parliamentary Road to the point of commencement."
1950–1974: The County of the City of Glasgow wards of Cowcaddens and Townhead, and part of Exchange ward.
1974–1983: The County of the City of Glasgow wards of Calton, Dalmarnock, Exchange, and Townhead.
1983–1997: The City of Glasgow District electoral divisions of Central/Calton, Kingston/Hutchesontown, and Queen's Park/Crosshill.
2005–present: The Glasgow City wards of Anderston, Bridgeton/Dalmarnock, Calton, Govanhill, Hutchesontown, Kelvingrove, Kingston, Merchant City, Pollokshields East, Strathbungo, and Toryglen.
Glasgow Central is now one of seven constituencies covering the Glasgow City council area. All are entirely within the council area. Prior to the 2005 general election, the city area was covered by ten constituencies, of which two straddled boundaries with other council areas.
The Central constituency, as defined in 2005, includes parts of the former Glasgow Govan, Glasgow Kelvin, Glasgow Shettleston, Glasgow Pollok and Glasgow Rutherglen constituencies. Scottish Parliament constituencies for the area are predominantly Glasgow Southside on the South of the river and Glasgow Kelvin on the North of the river, with Calton, Bridgeton and Dalmarnock areas of Glasgow Shettleston as well as a single polling place each from Glasgow Cathcart and Glasgow Provan.
The constituency takes in Glasgow city centre to the north, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the main railway stations, Glasgow Cathedral and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. It is home to both Strathclyde and Caledonian Universities, as well as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and still often referred to locally as RSAMD) and the Glasgow School of Art. It also houses a significant number of students attending the University of Glasgow, which is just over the boundary in Glasgow North. The large student population is an important factor in elections, and the presence of four degree-awarding institutions as well as a significant portion of the student body of a fifth has led to claims that it is the best-educated constituency in the United Kingdom. The Merchant City is also here, yuppie housing built out of the disused cotton and tobacco warehouses. This area is a symbol of the rebirth of the city.
At the heart of the constituency is the River Clyde, marking the boundaries of Glasgow Central from the Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Oatlands in the east of the constituency, to Glasgow Science Centre and Glasgow's Riverside Museum to the west. There is some deprived areas within the seat itself though it is mostly an affluent area.
Glasgow Central is estimated to have voted to Remain in the European Union by 66.6% in the 2016 referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Ewan Hoyle||1,952||4.9||+2.0|
Flora Scarabello was suspended by the Scottish Conservative Party after alleged Islamophobia. Because nominations had closed at the time of her suspension, she still appeared on the ballot paper as the Conservative candidate.
|Liberal Democrats||Isabel Nelson||1,045||2.9||+1.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Young||612||1.6||−14.8|
|Socialist Equality||Katie Rhodes||58||0.1||New|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+27.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Chris Young||5,010||16.4||−1.4|
|Scottish Socialist||James Nesbitt||357||1.2||−2.8|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Isabel Nelson||4,987||17.8||+8.2|
|Scottish Socialist||Marie Gordon||1,110||4.0||−2.5|
|Socialist Labour||Ian Johnson||255||0.9||+0.5|
|Christian Vote||Thomas Greig||139||0.5||New|
Elections in the 1990s
|Conservative||Ewen N. Stewart||4,208||13.9||+0.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Alan Rennie||1,921||6.3||−4.2|
|Green||Irene F. Brandt||435||1.4||+0.5|
|Communist||Tam Dean Burn||106||0.4||−0.4|
Elections in the 1980s
|Green||Irene F. Brandt||1,019||3.8||+1.9|
|Revolutionary Communist||Linda Murdoch||141||0.5||New|
|Scottish Socialist||Bill Kidd||137||0.5||New|
|Workers Revolutionary||David Lettice||48||0.2||New|
|Red Front||Derek Owen||126||0.4||New|
|National Front||John MacKenzie||148||1.8||New|
|Scottish Young Liberal||Graham Watson||134||1.7||New|
|Social Democrat (1979)||Donald Kean||10||0.1||New|
Elections in the 1970s
|Labour||Thomas McLellan McMillan||8,542||72.5||+8.9|
|Conservative||Farooq Ahmed Saleem||1,937||16.4||+3.4|
|SNP||Stephen Graham Bird||1,308||11.1||-8.1|
|Labour||Thomas McLellan McMillan||9,231||63.6||+4.9|
|Liberal||Eric Matthew Bennett||605||4.2||-1.9|
|Labour||Thomas McLellan McMillan||9,400||58.7||-7.3|
|SNP||Stewart Martin Ewing||2,211||13.8||-0.3|
|Liberal||Alexander Paton Brodie||982||6.1||New|
|Labour||Thomas McLellan McMillan||7,936||66.0||-8.8|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour||Thomas McLellan McMillan||11,673||74.8||+4.6|
|Conservative||Ronald B Anderson||3,924||25.2||-4.7|
|Unionist||George F Boyd||5,679||29.9||-5.5|
Elections in the 1950s
|Unionist||Iain David Barber-Fleming||8,712||35.4||-2.8|
|Unionist||Iain David Barber-Fleming||10,307||38.2||-2.0|
|United Socialist Movement||Guy Aldred||411||1.5||-0.3|
|United Socialist Movement||Guy Aldred||485||1.8||New|
|Labour gain from Unionist||Swing|
Elections in the 1940s
|Liberal||Norman Macleod Glen||1,072||5.0||New|
|United Socialist Movement||Guy Aldred||300||1.4||New|
Elections in the 1930s
Elections in the 1920s
|Labour||J. D. White||12,617||40.9||−3.5|
Elections in the 1910s
|Independent Labour||David John Mitchel Quin||4,736||21.2||New|
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
|Independent Unionist||Gavin William Ralston||266||4.7||New|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+4.3|
Elections in the 1900s
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+10.2|
|Liberal||Andrew Mitchell Torrance||6,720||51.7||N/A|
|Conservative||John George Alexander Baird||6,289||48.3||N/A|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||N/A|
|Conservative||John George Alexander Baird||Unopposed|
Elections in the 1890s
|Conservative||John George Alexander Baird||5,621||59.7||+5.8|
|Conservative||John George Alexander Baird||6,121||53.9||−2.8|
Elections in the 1880s
|Conservative||John George Alexander Baird||5,780||56.7||+11.7|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+11.7|
|Conservative||John George Alexander Baird||4,779||45.0||N/A|
|Liberal win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "'Glasgow Central', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 1 March 2016.[permanent dead link]
- Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, Sixth Schedule
- Fifth Periodical Review, Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- "SIMD (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation) 2016". Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2016.
- "European Referendum 2016 Glasgow Results". www.glasgow.gov.uk. 23 June 2016.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 1)
- "Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll". Glasgow City Council. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
- "Glasgow Central parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
- "Scottish Tories suspend second election candidate over alleged Islamophobia". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
- 20 Trongate Glasgow Young Scot (11 May 2017). "General Election 2017 - Glasgow candidates announced". glasgow.gov.uk.
- "Comment and letters". The National. 27 November 2014. p. 25.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
- Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
- Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanac, 1927
- The Times, 8 December 1923
- The Times, 16 November 1922
- Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
- Craig, FWS, ed. (1974). British Parliamentary Election Results: 1885-1918. London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 9781349022984.
- British parliamentary election results 1885-1918
- Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
- Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
- Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1889
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