Lanark and Hamilton East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 55°31′26″N 3°42′14″W / 55.524°N 3.704°W / 55.524; -3.704

Lanark and Hamilton East
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Lanark and Hamilton East in Scotland.
Subdivisions of Scotland South Lanarkshire
Current constituency
Created 2005
Member of parliament Angela Crawley (SNP)
Created from Clydesdale
Hamilton North & Bellshill
Hamilton South
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Scotland

Lanark and Hamilton East is a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which was first used at the 2005 general election. It covers parts of the former Clydesdale, Hamilton North and Bellshill and Hamilton South constituencies, and it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system.

Historically a safe Labour seat, in 2015 it was gained by the Scottish National Party when they won a record 56 of the 59 Scottish seats at Westminster. Two years later at the 2017 general election, the Conservatives surged into second place; only 266 votes behind sitting MP Angela Crawley - followed by Labour in third place with less than 100 votes behind the Conservative candidate, making the seat Scotland's tightest three-way marginal. The result also made it the tightest three-way marginal since 1945.

Boundaries[edit]

As created by the Fifth Review of the Boundary Commission for Scotland[1] the constituency is one of six covering the Dumfries and Galloway council area, the Scottish Borders council area and the South Lanarkshire council area. The other five constituencies are: Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow and Rutherglen and Hamilton West.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
2005 Jimmy Hood Labour
2015 Angela Crawley SNP

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Lanark and Hamilton East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Angela Crawley 16,444 32.6 -16.3
Conservative Poppy Corbett 16,178 32.1 +16.2
Labour Andrew Hilland 16,084 31.9 +1.3
Liberal Democrat Colin Robb 1,214 2.4 +0.2
UKIP Donald Mackay 550 1.1 -1.5
Majority 266 0.5 -16.2
Turnout 50,470 65.3 -3.8
SNP hold Swing
General Election 2015: Lanark and Hamilton East[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Angela Crawley 26,976 48.8 +27.8
Labour Jimmy Hood 16,876 30.5 -19.4
Conservative Alex Allison 8,772 15.9 +0.9
UKIP Donald Mackay 1,431 2.6 +1.3
Liberal Democrat Gregg Cullen 1,203 2.2 -9.1
Majority 10,100 18.3
Turnout 55,258 69.1 +6.8
SNP gain from Labour Swing +23.6
General Election 2010: Lanark and Hamilton East[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jimmy Hood 23,258 50.0 +3.9
SNP Clare Adamson 9,780 21.0 +3.2
Conservative Colin McGavigan 6,981 15.0 +2.2
Liberal Democrats Douglas Herbison 5,249 11.3 −7.4
Independent Duncan McFarlane 670 1.4 +0.5
UKIP Rob Sale 616 1.3 +0.3
Majority 13,478 29.0 +1.5
Turnout 46,554 62.3 +3.2
Labour hold Swing +0.35

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Lanark and Hamilton East[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jimmy Hood 20,072 46.0 N/A
Liberal Democrat Fraser Grieve 8,125 18.6 N/A
SNP John Wilson 7,746 17.8 N/A
Conservative Robert Pettigrew 5,576 12.8 N/A
Scottish Socialist Dennis Reilly 802 1.8 N/A
UKIP Donald Mackay 437 1.0 N/A
Independent Duncan McFarlane 416 1.0 N/A
Christian Vote Robin Mawhinney 415 1.0 N/A
Majority 11,947 27.4
Turnout 43,589 59.1
Labour win (new seat)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK Parliament constituencies 2005 onwards: Lanark and Hamilton East" (PDF). Boundary Commission for Scotland. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 1)
  3. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/downloads/file/9532/uk_parliamentary_general_election_results_2015 10Aug15
  5. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ BBC - Election 2010 - Lanark & Hamilton East
  7. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.