Glasgow East (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Glasgow East in Scotland.
|Subdivisions of Scotland||City of Glasgow|
|Member of parliament||David Linden (SNP)|
|Created from||Glasgow Baillieston|
|European Parliament constituency||Scotland|
Glasgow East is a constituency of the British House of Commons, located in the city of Glasgow, Scotland. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) at least once every five years using the first-past-the-post system of voting.
It was once one of the safest seats for the Labour Party, the areas included in the constituency having voted Labour since the 1930s. However, it achieved national prominence in 2008 when a by-election saw the Scottish National Party (SNP) overturn a majority of over 13,000 votes to take the seat. Since then it has been tightly fought by Labour and the SNP.
Glasgow East is one of seven constituencies covering the Glasgow City council area. All are entirely within the council area. Glasgow East comprises the Glasgow City wards of Baillieston, Barlanark, Braidfauld, Easterhouse, Garrowhill, Garthamlock, Greenfield, Mount Vernon, Parkhead, Queenslie, Shettleston, and Tollcross Park.
Prior to the 2005 general election, the city area was covered by ten constituencies, of which two straddled boundaries with other council areas. The Glasgow East constituency includes the area of the former Glasgow Baillieston constituency and parts of the former Glasgow Shettleston constituency. Scottish Parliament constituencies retain the names and boundaries of the older Westminster constituencies.
Until 2008, Glasgow Baillieston had always been represented by the Labour Party, as was its predecessor Glasgow Provan from its creation in 1955. Glasgow Shettleston was won by the Labour Party at every general election from 1950 onwards (in 1945 it was won by the Independent Labour Party). In 2008, the SNP succeeded in winning the seat from Labour in a by-election on a very large swing. Prior to the by-election, it had been one of the safest seats for the Labour Party in the UK. At the 2010 general election, the seat was regained for Labour by Margaret Curran from John Mason of the SNP, with a large majority of more than 11,000 votes.
It is one of the most deprived constituencies in the UK. Nearly 40% of adults smoke, and on average there are 25 drug-related deaths a year. Average male life expectancy is 68, five years less than the Scottish average, while in the Shettleston area it is 63. A 2008 World Health Organization report gave the average male life expectancy in Calton as 54.
On 28 June 2008, the sitting MP David Marshall announced he would step down because of a stress-related illness; he was appointed Steward of the Manor of Northstead on 30 June 2008, thus effectively resigning from the House of Commons. Although the seat represented Labour's third-largest majority in Scotland, it faced a strong challenge from the Scottish National Party, hot on the heels of Labour's disastrous performance at the 2008 Henley by-election. Nominations for candidates closed at 4pm on 9 July, and the election took place on 24 July.
Members of Parliament
|2008 by-election||John Mason||SNP|
|Liberal Democrat||Matthew Clark||576||1.6||+0.8|
|Scottish Green||Kim Long||381||0.9||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Gary McLelland||318||0.7||−4.3|
|Scottish Socialist||Liam McLaughlan||224||0.5||−0.9|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+30.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Kevin Ward||1,617||5.0||-6.8|
|BNP||Joe T Finnie||677||2.1||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||Frances Curran||454||1.4||-2.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Ian Robertson||915||3.5||-8.3|
|Scottish Socialist||Frances Curran||555||2.1||-1.4|
|Scottish Green||Eileen Duke||232||0.9||N/A|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||22.5|
|Liberal Democrats||David Jackson||3,665||11.8||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||George Savage||1,096||3.5||N/A|
Notes and references
- "Fifth Periodical Report, Boundary Commission for Scotland". Archived from the original on 21 September 2007.
- McSmith, Andy (2008-06-12). "Struggle for survival in Labour heartland". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2013-12-06.
- Johnson, Simon (2008-07-02). "Glasgow as bad as the Gaza Strip, says SNP leader". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-07-11.
- "BBC News". 2008-08-28.
- "Manor of Northstead". hm-treasury.gov.uk. 2008. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 30 June 2008.
- "Gordon Brown faces by-election test as veteran Scots MP David Marshal quits over illness". The Daily Record. 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
- "Notice of By-election for the UK Parliament". Retrieved 2008-07-12.
- BBC Scotland election coverage, Friday 25 July 2008
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 1)
- Glasgow Young Scot, 20 Trongate (11 May 2017). "General Election 2017 - Glasgow candidates announced".
- "Glasgow East parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- election result♯ http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10527 25Aug15
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Glasgow East: Constituency". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-12-06.
- Press Association (2008-07-02). "By-election candidates selected". Deeside Piper and Herald. Johnston Press Digital Publishing. Retrieved 2008-07-05.[permanent dead link]
- "In full: Glasgow East candidates". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
- "Freedom-4-Choice party registration". Register of political parties. Electoral Commission. 6 September 2006. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Glasgow East". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
- "Election 2005 Result: Glasgow East". BBC. Retrieved 2013-12-06.
♯ This reference gives all recent Glasgow City Westminster election results. You select the year and then the constituency to view the result.