Motherwell and Wishaw (Scottish Parliament constituency)
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|Motherwell and Wishaw|
for the Scottish Parliament
|Party||Scottish National Party|
|Council area||North Lanarkshire|
Motherwell and Wishaw is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the Central Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
The other eight constituencies of the Central Scotland region are Airdrie and Shotts, Coatbridge and Chryston, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, East Kilbride, Falkirk East, Falkirk West, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse and Uddingston and Bellshill.
Constituency boundaries and council area
The 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 is one of five covering the North Lanarkshire council area, the others being Airdrie and Shotts, Coatbridge and Chryston, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and Uddingston and Bellshill. All five are within the Central Scotland electoral region.
The electoral wards used in the creation of Motherwell and Wishaw are:
- In full: Motherwell West, Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig, Murdostoun, Wishaw
- In part: Motherwell North (shared with Uddingston and Bellshill)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
The seat had always elected Labour MSPs (until 2016), it was a safe Labour seat from 1999 until 2011. The MSP from 1999 was the former First Minister, Lord Jack McConnell. The MSP John Pentland won the seat on McConnell's retirement in 2011, but the national SNP landslide of that year turned it for the first time from safe Labour into a Labour-SNP marginal with just two percentage points separating Pentland and his nearest opponent, the SNP's Clare Adamson. Adamson defeated Pentland to gain the seat in 2016.
|1999||Jack McConnell||Scottish Labour Party|
|2016||Clare Adamson||Scottish National Party|
|Liberal Democrats||Yvonne Finlayson||761||2.6||+1.1|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+11.9|
|Scottish Senior Citizens||John Swinburne||945||3.9||N/A|
|Scottish Christian||Tom Selfridge||547||2.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Beverley Hope||367||1.5||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
The seat underwent boundary changes between 2007 and 2011
|Scottish Senior Citizens||John Swinburne||1,702||6.5||+0.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Stuart Douglas||1,570||6.0||+1.8|
|Scottish Christian||Thomas Selfridge||1,491||5.7||+5.7|
|Scottish Socialist||John Milligan||1,961||7.72||N/A|
|Scottish Senior Citizens||John Swinburne||1,597||6.29||+6.29|
|Liberal Democrats||Keith Legg||1,069||4.21||-2.04|
|Socialist Labour||John Milligan||1,941||6.4||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Roger Spillane||1,895||6.2||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
| Constituency represented by the First Minister