Clydesdale (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Clydesdale is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) covering part of the council area South Lanarkshire. 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 South 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.

Clydesdale
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Clydesdale (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
South Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Clydesdale shown within the South Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Population72,548 (2019)[1]
Current constituency
Created1999
PartyScottish National Party
MSPMàiri McAllan
Council areaSouth Lanarkshire

Electoral regionEdit

The other eight constituencies of the South Scotland region are Ayr, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Dumfriesshire, East Lothian, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Galloway and West Dumfries, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.

The region covers the Dumfries and Galloway council area, part of the East Ayrshire council area, part of the East Lothian council area, part of the Midlothian council area, the Scottish Borders council area, the South Ayrshire council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council areaEdit

The Clydesdale 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, Scottish Westminster (House of Commons) constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.[2]

The Holyrood constituency is one of five covering the South Lanarkshire council area. The others are the East Kilbride, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Rutherglen and the Uddingston and Bellshill constituencies, all in other electoral regions.

The electoral wards used in the creation of Clydesdale are listed below. All of these wards are part of South Lanarkshire:[3]

Member of the Scottish ParliamentEdit

Election Member Party
1999 Karen Gillon Labour
2011 Aileen Campbell SNP
2021 Màiri McAllan

Election resultsEdit

2020sEdit

2021 Scottish Parliament election: Clydesdale[4]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Màiri McAllan 17,596 43.2  0.8 15,081 36.9  2.8
Conservative Eric Holford 13,018 32.0  5.8 12,208 29.9  1.6
Labour Claudia Beamish[a] 8,960 22.0  1.3 8,243 20.2  0.1
Green 2,258 5.5  0.8
Liberal Democrats Amanda Kubie 1,144 2.8  0.4 1,144 2.8  0.2
Alba 517 1.3 N/A
All for Unity 504 1.2 N/A
Scottish Family 234 0.6 N/A
Independent Green Voice 182 0.4 N/A
Abolish the Scottish Parliament 123 0.3 N/A
Freedom Alliance 86 0.2 N/A
Reform UK 84 0.2 N/A
Libertarian 71 0.2 N/A
UKIP 65 0.2  2.1
Scotia Future 16 0.0 N/A
Vanguard Party 8 0.0 N/A
Majority 4,578 11.2  6.6
Valid Votes 40,718 40,824
Invalid Votes 156 81
Turnout 40,874 66.8  9.0 40,905 66.9  9.1
SNP hold Swing  3.3
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member on the party list, or for another constituency

2010sEdit

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Clydesdale[4]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Aileen Campbell[a] 14,821 44.0  5.9 13,389 39.7  6.0
Conservative Alex Allison 8,842 26.2  11.9 9,537 28.3  14.4
Labour Claudia Beamish[b] 6,995 20.7  15.1 6,772 20.1  8.7
Green 1,572 4.7  1.7
Independent Danny Meikle 1,332 4.0 N/A
Clydesdale and South Scotland Independent Bev Gauld 909 2.7 N/A 536 1.6 N/A
Liberal Democrats Jennifer Jamieson Ball 820 2.4 N/A 865 2.6  0.3
UKIP 777 2.3  2.2
Solidarity 169 0.5  0.4
RISE 123 0.4 N/A
Majority 5,979 17.8  3.7
Valid Votes 33,719 33,740
Invalid Votes 83 66
Turnout 33,802 57.8  4.9 33,806 57.8  4.9
SNP hold Swing  8.9
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency
  2. ^ Incumbent member on the party list, or for another constituency
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Clydesdale[5][6]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Aileen Campbell[a] 14,931 49.9 N/A 13,813 45.7 N/A
Labour Karen Gillon[b] 10,715 35.8 N/A 8,650 28.8 N/A
Conservative Colin McGavigan 4,291 14.3 N/A 4,177 13.9 N/A
Green 908 3.0 N/A
Liberal Democrats 700 2.3 N/A
All-Scotland Pensioners Party 464 1.5 N/A
BNP 267 0.9 N/A
Scottish Christian 339 1.1 N/A
Scottish Socialist 75 0.3 N/A
Socialist Labour 253 0.8 N/A
Solidarity 42 0.1 N/A
UKIP 279 0.9 N/A
Majority 4,216 14.1 N/A
Valid Votes 29,937 29,967
Invalid Votes 136 85
Turnout 30,073 52.9 N/A 30,052 52.9 N/A
SNP win (new boundaries)
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member on the party list, or for another constituency
  2. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency

2000sEdit

2007 Scottish Parliament election: Clydesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Gillon 13,835 41.5 -4.1
SNP Aileen Campbell 10,942 32.8 +7.8
Conservative Colin McGavigan 5,604 16.8 +0.8
Liberal Democrats Fraser Grieve 2,951 8.8 +1.6
Majority 2,893 8.7 -14.8
Turnout 33,332 50.5 -0.5
Labour hold Swing
2003 Scottish Parliament election: Clydesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Gillon 14,800 46.6 +2.6
SNP John Brady 8,129 25.0 -7.9
Conservative Alastair Campbell 5,174 16.0 +1.1
Liberal Democrats Fraser Grieve 2,338 7.2 -1.7
Scottish Socialist Owen Meharry 1,422 4.4 N/A
Independent David Morrison 579 1.8 N/A
Majority 6,671 23.5 +13.5
Turnout 32,442 51.0 -9.6
Labour hold Swing +5.3

1990sEdit

1999 Scottish Parliament election: Clydesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Gillon 16,755 43.02 N/A
SNP Anne Winning 12,875 33.06 N/A
Conservative Charles Cormack 5,814 14.93 N/A
Liberal Democrats Sandra Grieve 3,503 7.89 N/A
Majority 3,880 9.96 N/A
Turnout 39,324 60.61 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Scottish Parliamentary Constituency (SPC) Population Estimates (2011 Data Zone based), National Records of Scotland; retrieved 6 May 2021 (accompanying summary notes)
  2. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived September 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries Final Report" (PDF). Boundaries Scotland. May 2010. p. 193. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  4. ^ a b Council, South Lanarkshire. "South Lanarkshire Council online information | Council and government | Elections". www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk.
  5. ^ "Return of constituency members 2011" (PDF). 6 May 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Return of regional members 2011" (PDF). 6 May 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2021.

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