West Dunbartonshire (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of West Dunbartonshire in Scotland.
|Subdivisions of Scotland||Scotland|
|Major settlements||West Dunbartonshire|
|Member of parliament||Martin Docherty (SNP)|
|Number of members||One|
Clydebank & Milngavie
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||Scotland|
West Dunbartonshire is a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster). It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election and covers the same area as the county of West Dunbartonshire.
The current constituency was first used in the 2005 general election. There was also an earlier West Dunbartonshire constituency, from 1950 to 1983.
The historic constituency was created under the House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1949 and first used in the 1950 general election.
As created in 1950, the constituency was one of two covering the county of Dunbarton. The other was East Dunbartonshire. The two new constituencies replaced the earlier constituencies of Dunbartonshire and Dumbarton Burghs.
The results of the First Periodical Review of the Boundary Commission were implemented for the 1955 general election, but there was no change to the boundaries of West Dunbartonshire, and the boundaries of 1951 and 1955 were used also in the general elections of 1959, 1964, 1966 and 1970.
The results of the Second Periodical Review were implemented for the February 1974 general election. The review took account of population growth in the county of Dunbarton, caused by overspill from the city of Glasgow into the new town of Cumbernauld and elsewhere, and West Dunbartonshire became one of three constituencies covering the county. The other two were East Dunbartonshire and Central Dunbartonshire. West Dunbartonshire now covered the Helensburgh and Vale of Leven districts and the burghs of Cove and Kilcreggan, Dumbarton and Helensburgh.
In 1975, under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, Scottish counties were abolished in favour of regions and districts and islands council areas, and the county of Dunbarton was divided between several districts of the new region of Strathclyde. The Third Periodical Review took account of new local government boundaries and the results were implemented for the 1983 general election.
as one of the council areas of Scotland
The Fifth Periodical Review did not affect the boundaries of Scottish Parliament constituencies, which retain the boundaries of Westminster constituencies prior to implementation of the results of the review.
Members of Parliament
Members of Parliament, 1950 to 1983
|1950 by-election||Tom Steele||Labour|
Members of Parliament, 2005 to present
|Labour Co-op||Gemma Doyle||16,027||31.3||-30.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Aileen Morton||816||1.6||-6.5|
|SNP gain from Labour Co-op||Swing||+34.5|
1 Change to majority not meaningful as seat changed hands.
|Labour Co-op||Gemma Doyle||25,905||61.3||+9.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Helen Watt||3,434||8.1||−6.3|
|Socialist Labour||Katharine McGavigan||505||1.2||N/A|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||+5.5|
|Labour Co-op||John McFall||21,600||51.9%||-11.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Niall Walker||5,999||14.4%||+12.0|
|Scottish Socialist||Les Robertson||1,708||4.1%||-0.9|
|Christian Vote||Marlon Dawson||202||0.5%||+0.5|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||-4.7|
Elections in the 1970s
|Conservative||J Cameron Munro||14,709||33.65|
|SNP||Robert O Campbell||5,414||11.98|
Elections in the 1960s
|SNP||Robert O Campbell||6,042||14.59|
|Conservative||Patrick Tobias Telfer Smollett||15,448||37.20|
Elections in the 1950s
|Unionist||Norman Macleod Glen||19,964||47.46|
|Unionist||Lady Molly Huggins||19,902||47.66|
|Unionist||Patrick William Neill Fraser||19,292||45.39|
|Liberal||Lawrence Lauderdale Maitland||1,415||3.33|
|Unionist||Robert A. Allan||20,074||49.6||+1.8|
|Labour||Adam Storey McKinlay||20,398||49.29|
|Unionist||Robert A. Allan||19,785||47.81|
- "'Dunbartonshire West', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
- Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972 (ISBN 0-900178-09-4), F. W. S. Craig, 1972
- Boundary Commission for Scotland website
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- BBC - Dunbartonshire West parliamentary constituency - Election 2015
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- BBC - Election 2010 - Dunbartonshire West
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Whitaker's Almanack, 1977
- Whitaker's Almanack, 1963