Strathkelvin and Bearsden (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|Strathkelvin and Bearsden|
for the Scottish Parliament
|Party||Scottish National Party|
|Council area||East Dunbartonshire|
Strathkelvin and Bearsden 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.
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 Renfrewshire South.
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.
Constituency boundaries and council area
The Strathkelvin and Bearsden constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of an existing Westminster constituency. In 2005, however, the Westminster (House of Commons) constituency was abolished in favour of new constituencies.
For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election the boundaries of the seat were altered to include the following electoral wards:
- Bearsden South, Campsie and Kirkintilloch North, Lenzie and Kirkintilloch South, Bishopbriggs North and Torrance, Bishopbriggs South, Kirkintilloch East and Twechar
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|Liberal Democrats||Katy Gordon||4,880||12.5||+4.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Gordon Macdonald||2,600||7.7||-4.5|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||7.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Cathy McInnes||4,658||12.7||-1.3|
|Scottish Christian||Bob Handyside||613||1.7||+1.7|
|Labour gain from Independent||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Jo Swinson||4,950||14.01||+4.23|
|SNP||Fiona McLeod||4,846||13.71||- 8.43|
|Conservative||Rory O'Brien||4,002||11.33||- 5.03|
|Independent gain from Labour||Swing||+1.24|
|Scottish Parliament by-election, 2001: Strathkelvin and Bearsden|
|Liberal Democrats||John Morrison||7,147||17.2|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Anne Howarth||4,144||9.8||N/A|
|Anti-Drug (Independent)||Maxi Richards||423||1.0||N/A|
|Labour Co-op win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine