Monklands East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Monklands East
Former constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Monklands
19831997
Number of members One
Replaced by Airdrie & Shotts and Coatbridge and Chryston[1]
Created from Bothwell, Coatbridge and Airdrie and North Lanarkshire[1]

Monklands East was a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1983 until 1997. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system. For the 1997 general election, it was replaced in part by Airdrie and Shotts.

It was previously held by the former Leader of the Opposition John Smith.

Boundaries[edit]

The Monklands District electoral divisions of Airdrie East, Airdrie South and West, and Chapelhall and Salsburgh.

The constituency included the town of Airdrie and a substantial part of eastern Coatbridge (Carnbroe, Shawhead, Whifflet, Greenend, Sikeside, Coatdyke, Cliftonville) together with villages such as Chapelhall, Calderbank, Plains, Caldercruix, and Greengairs.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Notes
1983 Rt Hon John Smith Labour Previously MP for Lanarkshire North from 1970. Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer 1987-1992. Leader of the Labour Party & Leader of the Opposition 1992-1994. Died 1994.
1994 by-election Helen Liddell Labour Subsequently MP for Airdrie and Shotts from 1997.
1997 constituency abolished: see Airdrie and Shotts

Election results[edit]

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Monklands East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Smith 18,358 51.2 N/A
Conservative John Love 8,559 23.9 N/A
Liberal Alan Rennie 5,721 16.0 N/A
SNP Thomas Johnston 3,185 8.9 N/A
Majority 9,799 27.4 N/A
Turnout 35,823 73.1 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
General Election 1987: Monklands East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Smith 22,649 61.0 +9.8
Conservative John Love 6,260 16.9 −7.0
SNP Kenneth Gibson 4,790 12.9 +4.0
Liberal Sandra Grieve 3,442 9.3 −6.7
Majority 16,389 44.1
Turnout 37,141 74.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Monklands East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Smith 22,266 61.3 +0.3
SNP Jim Wright 6,554 18.0 +5.1
Conservative Stewart Walters 5,830 16.1 −0.8
Liberal Democrat Philip W. Ross 1,679 4.6 −4.8
Majority 15,712 43.3 −0.9
Turnout 36,329 75.0 +0.2
Labour hold Swing
By-election 1994: Monklands East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Helen Liddell 16,950 49.8 −11.5
SNP Kay Ullrich 15,320 44.9 +26.9
Liberal Democrat Stephen Gallagher 878 2.6 −2.0
Conservative Susan Bell 799 2.3 −13.7
Independent Abi Bremner 69 0.2 N/A
Natural Law Duncan Patterson 58 0.2 N/A
Majority 1,640 4.9 −42.4
Turnout 70.0 −5.0
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'Monklands East', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Islwyn
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
1992 – 1994
Succeeded by
Derby South