Paisley South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Paisley South
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Paisley South in Scotland for the 2001 general election.
Subdivisions of ScotlandRenfrewshire
Major settlementsPaisley
19832005
Number of membersOne
Replaced byPaisley & Renfrewshire South
Paisley & Renfrewshire North
Created fromPaisley, West Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire[1]

Paisley South was a parliamentary constituency centred on the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.

History[edit]

The constituency was created when the former Paisley constituency was divided for the 1983 general election. It was abolished for the 2005 general election, when Paisley was represented by the new constituencies of Paisley & Renfrewshire South and Paisley & Renfrewshire North.

Boundaries[edit]

The Renfrew District electoral divisions of Johnstone, Paisley Central, and Paisley Gleniffer.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1983 Norman Buchan Labour
1990 by-election Gordon McMaster Labour
1997 by-election Douglas Alexander Labour
2005 constituency abolished: see Paisley & Renfrewshire South
and Paisley & Renfrewshire North

Election results[edit]

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Paisley South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Norman Buchan 15,633 41.4 N/A
Liberal Elspeth M. Buchanan 9,104 24.1 N/A
Conservative Joseph Knox 7,819 20.7 N/A
SNP James Mitchell 4,918 13.1 N/A
Ecology David Mellor 271 0.7 N/A
Majority 6,529 17.3 N/A
Turnout 37,745 72.5 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
General Election 1987: Paisley South[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Norman Buchan 21,611 56.2 +14.8
Liberal Alistair Carmichael 5,826 15.1 −9.0
Conservative Dorothy Williamson 5,644 14.7 −6.0
SNP James Mitchell 5,398 14.0 +0.9
Majority 15,785 41.1
Turnout 38,479 75.3 +2.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

By-election 1990: Paisley South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gordon McMaster 12,485 46.1 −10.1
SNP Iain Lawson 7,455 27.5 +13.5
Conservative John Workman 3,627 13.4 −1.3
Liberal Democrat Alan Reid 2,660 9.8 −5.3
Green Elizabeth Collie 835 3.1 N/A
Majority 5,030 18.6
Turnout 27,062 55.0 −20.3
Labour hold Swing −11.8
General Election 1992: Paisley South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gordon McMaster 18,202 50.7 −5.5
SNP Iain Lawson 8,653 24.1 +10.1
Conservative Sheila Laidlaw 5,703 15.9 +1.2
Liberal Democrat Alan Reid 3,271 9.1 −6.0
Natural Law Stephen Porter 93 0.3 N/A
Majority 9,549 26.6
Turnout 35,922 75.0 −0.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1997: Paisley South[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gordon McMaster 21,482 57.5 +6.8
SNP William Martin 8,732 23.4 −0.7
Liberal Democrat Eileen McCartin 3,500 9.4 +0.3
Conservative Robin Reid 3,237 8.6 −7.3
Referendum James Lardner 254 0.7 N/A
Scottish Socialist Sean Clerkin 146 0.4 N/A
Majority 12,750 34.1
Turnout 37,351 69.1 −5.9
Labour hold Swing
By-Election 1997: Paisley South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Douglas Alexander 10,346 44.1 −13.4
SNP Ian Blackford 7,615 32.5 +9.1
Liberal Democrat Eileen McCartin 2,582 11.0 +1.6
Conservative Sheila Laidlaw 1,643 7.0 −1.7
ProLife Alliance John A. Deighan 578 2.5 N/A
Scottish Socialist Frances Curran 306 1.3 +0.9
Independent Charles W. McLauchlan 155 0.7 N/A
Socialist Labour Christopher Herriot 153 0.7 N/A
Natural Law Kenneth R. Blair 57 0.2 N/A
Majority 2,731 11.7
Turnout 23,435 42.9 −26.2
Labour hold Swing −11.3

Elections of the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2001: Paisley South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Douglas Alexander 17,830 58.4 +0.9
SNP Brian Lawson 5,920 19.4 −4.0
Liberal Democrat Brian O’Malley 3,178 10.4 +1.0
Conservative Andrew Cossar 2,301 7.5 −1.1
Scottish Socialist Frances Curran 835 2.7 N/A
ProLife Alliance Patricia Graham 346 1.1 N/A
Independent Terence O'Donnell 126 0.4 N/A
Majority 11,910 39.0
Turnout 30,536 57.2 −11.9
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Paisley South', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 13 March 2016.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.