Glasgow Maryhill (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Glasgow Maryhill
Former burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Glasgow Maryhill ScottishParliamentConstituency.svg
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Glasgow Maryhill shown within the Glasgow electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Former constituency
Created 1999
Abolished 2011
Council area Glasgow City

Glasgow Maryhill 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. However, it was also one of ten constituencies in the Glasgow electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

For the Scottish Parliament election, 2011 Maryhill was expanded into a newly created Maryhill and Springburn seat.

Electoral region[edit]

The other nine constituencies of the Glasgow region at the time were Glasgow Anniesland, Glasgow Baillieston, Glasgow Cathcart, Glasgow Govan, Glasgow Kelvin, Glasgow Pollok, Glasgow Rutherglen, Glasgow Shettleston and Glasgow Springburn.

The region covers the Glasgow City council area and a north-western portion of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries[edit]

The Glasgow Maryhill 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 was entirely within the Glasgow City council area, on its northern boundary. It was west of the Springburn constituency, north of Kelvin and east of Anniesland, which were also entirely within the city area.[1]

Boundary reivew[edit]

Following their First Periodic review into constituencies to the Scottish Parliament in time for the 2011 election, the Boundary Commission for Scotland has recommended the effective merger of the Glasgow Springburn and Glasgow Maryhill constituencies. The new creation is a constituency known as Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn.

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Patricia Ferguson Labour

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Glasgow Maryhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Patricia Ferguson 7,955 48.0 -1.3
SNP Bob Doris 5,645 34.1 +14.2
Liberal Democrats Kenneth Elder 1,936 11.7 +1.9
Conservative Heather MacLeod 1,028 6.2 +1.3
Majority 2,310 13.9
Turnout 16,564 36 -1.2
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Glasgow Maryhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Patricia Ferguson 8,997 49.32% -0.46%
SNP Bill Wilson 3,629 19.89% -11.09%
Scottish Socialist Donnie Nicolson 2,945 16.14% +9.89%
Liberal Democrats Arthur Sanderson 1,789 9.78% +1.88%
Conservative Robert Erskine 887 4.86% -0.33%
Majority 5,368 29.42% +10.62%
Turnout 18,243 37.14% - 3.61%
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Glasgow Maryhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Patricia Ferguson 11,455 49.78% N/A
SNP Bill Wilson 7,129 30.98% N/A
Liberal Democrats Clare Hamblen 1,793 7.79% N/A
Scottish Socialist Gordon Scott 1,439 6.25% N/A
Conservative Michael Fry 1,194 5.19% N/A
Majority 4,326 18.80% N/A
Turnout 26,080
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]