Glasgow Garscadden (UK Parliament constituency)

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Glasgow Garscadden
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland City of Glasgow
1974 (1974)1997
Number of members One
Replaced by Glasgow Anniesland
Created from Glasgow Scotstoun

Glasgow Garscadden was a burgh constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1974 until 1997. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) using the first-past-the-post voting system.

Boundaries[edit]

This constituency comprised the north western periphery of the City of Glasgow.

In 1974 Garscadden was defined as comprising the Knightswood and Yoker wards of Glasgow. Before the redistribution these areas had been part of the Glasgow Scotstoun constituency.

In the 1983 redistribution the seat was only changed slightly. The whole of the old Garscadden formed 98.5% of the new constituency. A small area, further in towards the city centre, was detached from the pre-1983 Glasgow Hillhead and contributed the remaining 1.5% of the new Garscadden's electorate.

In terms of City of Glasgow electoral divisions the 1983 seat was defined as 9 (Drumry/Summerhill), 10 (Blairdardie/Knightscliffe), and 11 (Yoker/Knightswood).

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Notes
Feb 1974 Willie Small Labour Died 1978
1978 by-election Donald Dewar Labour Subsequently MP for Glasgow Anniesland 1997-2000; First Minister of Scotland 1999-2000
1997 constituency abolished: see Glasgow Anniesland

Election results[edit]

Elections of the 1970s[edit]

General Election February 1974: Glasgow Garscadden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Small 21,035 52.3 N/A
Conservative James Grant Rae 9,771 24.3 N/A
SNP Malcolm McRury 8,789 21.9 N/A
Communist Sammy Barr 635 1.6 N/A
Majority 11,264 28.0 N/A
Turnout 40,230 74.1 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
General Election October 1974: Glasgow Garscadden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Small 19,737 50.9 −1.4
SNP Keith Sydney Bovey 12,111 31.2 +9.4
Conservative John Corbett 5,004 12.9 −9.4
Liberal Michael Royston Kibby 1,915 4.9 N/A
Majority 7,626 19.7 −8.3
Turnout 38,767 70.9 −3.3
Labour hold Swing N/A
Registered electors 54,700
  • Death of William Small 18 January 1978
By-Election 1978: Glasgow Garscadden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Donald Dewar 16,507 45.4 −5.5
SNP Keith Sydney Bovey 11,955 32.9 +1.7
Conservative Iain Macdonald Lawson 6,746 18.5 +5.6
SLP Shiona Farrell 583 1.6 N/A
Communist Sammy Barr 407 1.1 N/A
Socialist Workers Peter Porteous 166 0.5 N/A
Majority 4,552 12.5 −7.2
Turnout 36,364 69.1 −1.7
Labour hold Swing
Registered electors 57,603
General Election 1979: Glasgow Garscadden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Donald Dewar 23,591 61.5 +10.6
Conservative Iain Macdonald Lawson 8,393 21.9 +9.0
SNP Jim Bain 6,012 15.7 −15.5
Communist Sammy Barr 374 1.0 N/A
Majority 15,198 39.6
Turnout 38,370 73.2 +2.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Glasgow Garscadden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Donald Dewar 19,635 56.2 −5.3
Social Democratic William Lyden 6,161 17.6 N/A
Conservative Kenneth Macleod 5,368 15.4 −7.2
SNP Norman MacLeod 3,566 10.2 −5.7
Communist Sammy Barr 218 0.6 −0.4
Majority 13,474 38.6
Turnout 34,948 69.1 −4.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1987: Glasgow Garscadden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Donald Dewar 23,178 67.7 +11.5
SNP Andrew Brophy 4,201 12.2 +2.0
Conservative Thomas N.A. Begg 3,660 10.7 −4.7
Social Democratic James Callison 3,211 9.4 −8.2
Majority 18,977 55.5
Turnout 34,250 71.4 +2.2
Labour hold Swing +8.0

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Glasgow Garscadden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Donald Dewar 18,920 64.4 −3.3
SNP Dick Douglas 5,580 19.0 +6.8
Conservative James L.P. Scott 3,385 11.5 +0.8
Liberal Democrat Chic Brodie 1,425 4.9 −4.5
Natural Law William G. Orr 61 0.2 N/A
Majority 13,340 45.4
Turnout 29,371 71.3 −0.1
Labour hold Swing

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