Renfrewshire South (Scottish Parliament constituency)
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Renfrewshire South is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. It also forms 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
Renfrewshire is represented in the Scottish Parliament by three constituencies: Paisley, Renfrewshire North and West and Renfrewshire South. While the rest of East Renfrewshire is represented by the Eastwood constituency.
The Renfrewshire South constituency was formed from the following electoral wards:
- In full: Barrhead, Liboside and Uplawmoor, Johnstone South and Elderslie, Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, Lochwinnoch and Howwood
- In part: Newton Mearns North and Neilston (shared with Eastwood), Houston, Crosslee and Linwood (shared with Renfrewshire North and West)
This is a new constituency, created in 2011, whose towns and villages grew up around housing estates formed during the industrial revolution. Its industry of old consisted of small-scale coal mining and larger-scale thread and cotton factories powered by the Black Cart Water, running north of Johnstone.
The seat has within its boundaries the villages of Elderslie - which is reputed to be the birthplace of Sir William Wallace - and Kilbarchan where Scottish political activist Mary Barbour was born. She led the Glasgow rent strike of 1915 and later became the city's first woman councillor.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|Conservative||Ann Le Blond||4,752||16.0||+5.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Tristan Gray||793||2.7||+0.1|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Gordon Anderson||702||2.6||-1.7|
The other nine constituencies of the West Scotland region are Clydebank and Milngavie, Cunninghame North, Cunninghame South, Dumbarton, Eastwood, Greenock and Inverclyde, Paisley, Renfrewshire North and West 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.
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