Renfrewshire North and West (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|Renfrewshire North and West|
for the Scottish Parliament
|Party||Scottish National Party|
Renfrewshire North and West is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of ten constituencies in the West Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
Constituency boundaries and council area
The Renfrewshire North and West constituency uses the following electoral wards:
- In full: Renfrew North, Renfrew South and Gallowhill, Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank, Erskine and Inchinnan
- In part: Inverclyde East (shared with Greenock and Inverclyde), Paisley North West (shared with Paisley), Houston, Crosslee and Linwood (shared with Renfrewshire South)
The constituency has within its boundaries Bishopton, home to the now defunct WWII-built Royal Ordnance factory. The land it stood on became the focus of controversy in 2008 when Renfrewshire Council granted planning permission for a housing development. As traditional industries have died in the area, new business has flourished. Renfrew's Braehead on the south of the water is a well-developed commercial enterprise featuring a large shopping centre and leisure facilities. The constituency also has within its boundaries Glasgow Airport.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|Liberal Democrats||Rod Ackland||888||2.9||+0.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Andrew Page||550||2.0||-3.3|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing|
At the time of the 2011 election, Annabel Goldie was the leader of the Scottish Conservatives and an incumbent MSP for the West of Scotland region, while Derek Mackay was the Leader of Renfrewshire Council.
The other nine constituencies of the West Scotland region are Clydebank and Milngavie, Cunninghame North, Cunninghame South, Dumbarton, Eastwood, Greenock and Inverclyde, Paisley, Renfrewshire South and Strathkelvin and Bearsden.
The region covers part of the Argyll and Bute council area, the East Dunbartonshire council area, the East Renfrewshire council area, the Inverclyde council area, North Ayrshire council area, the Renfrewshire council area and the West Dunbartonshire council area.
Notes and references
- 'Renfrewshire North and West'
- http://www.paisleydailyexpress.co.uk/renfrewshire-news/2010/08/11/teacher-se lected-to-fight-renfrewshire-north-and-west-for-labour-87085-27034991/