Renfrewshire North and West (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Renfrewshire North and West
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Renfrewshire North and West (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
West Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Renfrewshire North and West shown within the West Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
PartyScottish National Party
MSPDerek Mackay
Council areaRenfrewshire

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[edit]

Renfrewshire is represented in the Scottish Parliament by three constituencies: Paisley, Renfrewshire North and West and Renfrewshire South.

The Renfrewshire North and West constituency uses the following electoral wards:

Constituency profile[edit]

BBC profile:[1]

The northern boundaries of this constituency hug the Clyde River and take in the historic town of Renfrew, the pre-1975 centre of local government for the county of Renfrewshire.

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[edit]

Election Member Party
2011 Derek Mackay SNP


2016 Scottish Parliament election: Renfrewshire North and West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Derek Mackay 14,718 47.8 +5.9
Conservative David Wilson 7,345 23.8 +3.8
Labour Mary Fee 7,244 23.5 -12.7
Liberal Democrats Rod Ackland 888 2.9 +0.9
TUSC Jim Halfpenny 414 1.3 +1.3
Independent Peter Morton 198 0.6 +0.6
Majority 7,373 24.0 +18.3
Turnout 30,807 60.9 +5.2
SNP hold Swing
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Renfrewshire North and West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Derek Mackay 11,510 41.9 +12.3
Labour Stuart Clark 9,946 36.2 -4.5
Conservative Annabel Goldie 5,489 20.0 -3.1
Liberal Democrats Andrew Page 550 2.0 -3.3
Majority 1,564 5.7
Turnout 27,495 55.7
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.[2]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Renfrewshire North and West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 11,341 40.7
SNP 8,236 29.6
Conservative 6,420 23.0
Liberal Democrats 1,476 5.3
Others 383 1.4
Majority 3,105 11.1
Labour hold Swing

Electoral region[edit]

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[edit]

  1. ^ 'Renfrewshire North and West'
  2. ^ lected-to-fight-renfrewshire-north-and-west-for-labour-87085-27034991/