Uddingston and Bellshill (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Uddingston and Bellshill
burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Uddingston and Bellshill (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Central Scotland 2011 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Uddingston and Bellshill shown within the Central Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created 2011
Party SNP
MSP Richard Lyle
Council area North Lanarkshire
South Lanarkshire

Uddingston and Bellshill is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the Central Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the Hamilton North and Bellshill and Hamilton South constituencies were significantly redrawn. Two new seats – Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse and Uddingston and Bellshill – replaced them.

Electoral region[edit]

The other nine constituencies of the Central Scotland region are Airdrie and Shotts, Coatbridge and Chryston, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, East Kilbride, Falkirk East, Falkirk West, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse and Motherwell and Wishaw.

The region covers all of the Falkirk council area, all of the North Lanarkshire council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council areas[edit]

The Holyrood constituency is one of five covering the North Lanarkshire council area, the others being Airdrie and Shotts, Coatbridge and Chryston, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and Uddingston and Bellshill. All five are within the Central Scotland electoral region. The Holyrood constituency is one of five covering the South Lanarkshire council area, the others being Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, which is within the Central Scotland region, Rutherglen, within the Glasgow region, and Clydesdale, within the South Scotland region. Part of the Uddingston and Bellshill constituency includes parts of South Lanarkshire and is part of the Central Scotland region.

At the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the constituency of Uddingston and Bellshill was fought for the first time. It was created from the electoral wards below:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
2011 Michael McMahon Scottish Labour Party
2016 Richard Lyle Scottish National Party

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: Uddingston and Bellshill
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Richard Lyle 14,424 48.8 +5.5
Labour Michael McMahon 9,615 32.5 -13.6
Conservative Andy Morrison 4,693 15.9 +7.4
Liberal Democrats Kaitey Blair 811 2.7 +0.6
Majority 4,809 16.3
Turnout 29,543 51.3 +6.2
SNP gain from Labour Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Uddingston and Bellshill
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael McMahon 11,531 46.1 -3.5
SNP Richard Lyle 10,817 43.3 +14.6
Conservative Mark Brown 2,117 8.5 -1.8
Liberal Democrats Fraser MacGregor 530 2.1 -4.4
Majority 714 2.9
Turnout 24,995 45.15 -1664
Labour hold Swing

NB Richard Lyle goes forward as an SNP Regional MSP for Central.
Liberal Democrats gained under 5% of the poll and thus lost their deposit

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Uddingston and Bellshill
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 13,228 49.6
SNP 7,644 28.7
Conservative 2,736 10.3
Liberal Democrats 1,737 6.5
Others 1,314 4.9
Majority 5,584 20.9
Labour hold Swing

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated North Lanarkshire Council