Renfrewshire South (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Renfrewshire South
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Renfrewshire South (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
West Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Renfrewshire South shown within the West Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created 2011
Party SNP
MSP Tom Arthur
Council area Renfrewshire
East Renfrewshire

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.

The constituency was created for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election largely from the former West Renfrewshire constituency, the majority of which went on to form Renfrewshire North and West.

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

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:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
2011 Hugh Henry Labour
2016 Tom Arthur SNP

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Renfrewshire South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Tom Arthur 14,272 48.1 +9.6
Labour Paul O'Kane 9,864 33.2 -14.8
Conservative Ann Le Blond 4,752 16.0 +5.2
Liberal Democrats Tristan Gray 793 2.7 +0.1
Majority 4,408 14.9 +5.3
Turnout 29,681 60.1 +6.8
SNP gain from Labour Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Renfrewshire South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hugh Henry 12,943 48.1 -2.9
SNP Andrew Doig 10,356 38.5 +7.9
Conservative Alistair Campbell 2,917 10.8 -1.7
Liberal Democrats Gordon Anderson 702 2.6 -1.7
Majority 2,587 9.6
Turnout 26,918 53.3
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Renfrewshire South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 14,838 51.0
SNP 8,902 30.6
Conservative 3,646 12.5
Liberal Democrats 1,251 4.3
Others 459 1.6
Majority 5,936 20.4
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 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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