Paisley and Renfrewshire South (UK Parliament constituency)
|Paisley and Renfrewshire South|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Paisley and Renfrewshire South in Scotland
|Major settlements||Johnstone, Lochwinnoch, Paisley|
|Member of Parliament||Mhairi Black (SNP)|
|Created from||Paisley South, Paisley North, and Renfrewshire West|
|European Parliament constituency||Scotland|
Paisley and Renfrewshire South is a constituency of the British House of Commons, located in Renfrewshire, Scotland to the southwest of Glasgow. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) at least once every five years using the first-past-the-post system of voting.
Covering the southern portion of the Renfrewshire council area, the east of the constituency includes half of Paisley, as well as the smaller town of Johnstone and the villages of Kilbarchan and Elderslie.
This is contrasted with the rural south and west of the seat, containing the villages of Lochwinnoch, Howwood and several hamlets and farms. The constituency also contains the Gleniffer Braes Country Park to the south and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park to the west, which is notable for Castle Semple Loch and an RSPB bird sanctuary.
This seat was created[by whom?] in 2005 from the bulk of the former Paisley South seat, with minor additions from neighbouring constituencies. Population areas in this seat include Glenburn, Saucel and Hunterhill, Johnstone and Kilbarchan.
Members of Parliament
The seat was traditionally a safe seat for the Labour Party, who previously had a majority of over 16,000 votes until the SNP gained the seat in the 2015 general election. The constituency's first MP was Douglas Alexander, who had held the seat since its creation in 2005 and its predecessor Paisley South since 1997. Alexander was the Shadow Foreign Secretary, and has previously held cabinet posts such as Transport Secretary and Scottish Secretary (2006–07; joint), and International Development Secretary (2007–10).
When the SNP's Mhairi Black gained the seat in May 2015, she was 20 years and 237 days old, making her the youngest ever Member of Parliament (MP) elected to the British House of Commons since at least the Reform Act of 1832, replacing William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam; who was 20 years and 11 months old when elected in 1832. In the snap 2017 general election Black marginally held the seat with a much reduced majority of 6.1%. However, in the 2019 election, she was re-elected with over half the vote share in the seat and greatly increased her majority to 24.8%
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Jack Clark||2,918||6.8||+3.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Eileen McCartin||1,327||3.2||+1.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Eileen McCartin||1,010||2.2||–7.3|
|Scottish Socialist||Sandra Webster||278||0.6||–0.3|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+26.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Ashay Ghai||3,812||9.5||–8.1|
|Scottish Socialist||Jimmy Kerr||375||0.9||–1.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Eileen McCartin||6,672||17.6||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||Iain Hogg||789||2.1||N/A|
|Pride in Paisley Party||Gordon Matthew||381||1.0||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Howard Broadbent||107||0.3||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
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