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Coordinates: 55°48′25″N 4°10′30″W / 55.807°N 4.175°W
Rutherglen and Hamilton West is a burgh constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which was created for the 2005 general election. 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, an independent, who won the seat at the 2019 snap general election. She had previously held the seat from 2015 to 2017. Ferrier was previously a Scottish National Party MP until the whip was withdrawn on 1 October 2020 after an incident relating to a breach of the COVID-19 pandemic regulations.
Boundaries [ edit ]
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, East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow and Lanark and Hamilton East constituencies. The Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency also covers part of the Dumfries and Galloway council area and part of the Scottish 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.
The constituency is composed of the electoral
Constituency profile [ edit ]
The seat contains commuter areas into the city of
Glasgow, with train travel times as short as 15 minutes away from the city centre. Like much of Greater Glasgow, the constituency contains a diverse range of economic profiles including some areas with high levels of deprivation.   The seat itself contains a slightly higher than average proportion of Remain voters at 62% and an average amount of No to Independence voters at 55% , making the seat an important Scottish bellwether. Historically dominated by Labour, Margaret Ferrier of the SNP gained the seat for the party for the first time in 2015 and regained it in 2019 with an increased majority. The Conservatives have also made some inroads in the more prosperous areas within the seat, but not to the same level as the neighbouring constituency  Lanark and Hamilton East.
Members of Parliament [ edit ]
Elections [ edit ]
Elections in the 2010s [ edit ]
Elections in the 2000s [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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"MP Margaret Ferrier's Covid Parliament trip 'indefensible'. " BBC News. 1 October 2020 . Retrieved . 1 October 2020
"UK Parliament constituencies 2005 onwards: Rutherglen and Hamilton West" (PDF). Boundary Commission for Scotland . Retrieved . 2 September 2018
Rutherglen and Cambuslang communities at top of list of most deprived areas in Scotland, Edel Kenealy, Daily Record, 8 September 2016
Shock stats show Rutherglen has more unemployment, highest rate of alcohol and drug admissions and more social work referrals than anywhere else in South Lanarkshire, Daily Record, 19 December 2018
Rutherglen and Cambuslang areas among Scotland's poorest, according to Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation stats, Daily Record, 12 February 2020
From a pawnbrokers to Parliament - Tommy McAvoy looks back on a career that took him to the House of Lords, Marc McLean, Daily Record, 11 September 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
"UK Parliamentary general election - Thursday 12 December 2019". South Lanarkshire Council. South Lanarkshire Council . Retrieved . 16 November 2019
"Rutherglen & Hamilton West parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". BBC News . Retrieved . 16 December 2019
"Commons Briefing Paper 8749. General Election 2019: results and analysis" (PDF). London: House of Commons Library. 28 January 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 November 2021 . Retrieved . 19 January 2022
"Commons Briefing Paper 7979. General Election 2017: results and analysis" (PDF) (Second ed.). House of Commons Library. 29 January 2019 [7 April 2018]. Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 November 2019.
"Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015 . Retrieved . 17 October 2015
Council, South Lanarkshire. "UK Parliamentary General Election Results South Lanarkshire Council 2015 Elections - South Lanarkshire Council". www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk.
"UK Polling Report". ukpollingreport.co.uk.
"Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013 . Retrieved . 17 October 2015