Rutherglen and Hamilton West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 55°48′25″N 4°10′30″W / 55.807°N 4.175°W / 55.807; -4.175

Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Rutherglen and Hamilton West in Scotland.
Subdivisions of Scotland South Lanarkshire
Current constituency
Created 2005
Member of parliament Margaret Ferrier (SNP)
Created from Glasgow Rutherglen and Hamilton South
European Parliament constituency Scotland

Rutherglen and Hamilton West is a burgh constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which was first used in the general election of 2005. It covers almost all of the former constituency of Glasgow Rutherglen and most of the former constituency of Hamilton South, and it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. The current MP is Margaret Ferrier of the Scottish National Party.


The Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency covers part of the South Lanarkshire council area. The rest of the council area is covered by the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency, the East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow and the Lanark and Hamilton East constituency. The Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency also covers part of the Dumfries and Galloway council area and part of the South Borders council area.

The terms of the Rutherglen and Hamilton West name refer to the town of Rutherglen and the west of the town of Hamilton.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Notes
2005 Tommy McAvoy Labour Previously MP for Glasgow Rutherglen from 1987
2010 Tom Greatrex Labour
2015 Margaret Ferrier SNP

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Robert Brown
Independent Andy Dixon
SNP Margaret Ferrier
Labour Gerard Killen
Conservative Ann Le Blond
UKIP Caroline Santos
General Election 2015: Rutherglen and Hamilton West[1] [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Margaret Ferrier 30,279 52.6 +36.5
Labour Co-op Tom Greatrex 20,304 35.2 -25.6
Conservative Taylor Muir 4,350 7.6 -2.1
UKIP Janice Mackay[3] 1,301 2.3 +0.8
Liberal Democrat Tony Hughes 1,045 1.8 -10.2
CISTA Yvonne Maclean 336 0.6 n/a
Majority 9,975 17.3
Turnout 57,615 69.6 +8.1
SNP gain from Labour Co-op Swing +31.1
General Election 2010: Rutherglen and Hamilton West[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Tom Greatrex 28,566 60.8 +5.2
SNP Graeme Horne 7,564 16.1 +2.2
Liberal Democrat Ian Robertson 5,636 12.0 -6.4
Conservative Malcolm Macaskill 4,540 9.7 +1.3
UKIP Janice Murdoch 675 1.4 +0.4
Majority 21,002 44.7 +7.5
Turnout 46,981 61.5 +3.1
Labour Co-op hold Swing +1.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Tommy McAvoy 24,054 55.6 -4.1
Liberal Democrat Ian Robertson 7,942 18.4 +6.7
SNP Margaret Park 6,023 13.9 -1.3
Conservative Peter Crerar 3,621 8.4 -0.2
Scottish Socialist Bill Bonnar 1,164 2.7 -1.9
UKIP Janice Murdoch 457 1.1 +0.9
Majority 16,112 37.2
Turnout 43,261 58.5 +3.2
Labour Co-op hold Swing -5.4