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East Kilbride (Scottish Parliament constituency)

East Kilbride 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.

East Kilbride
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
East Kilbride (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
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East Kilbride shown within the Central Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
PartyScottish National Party
MSPLinda Fabiani
Council areaSouth Lanarkshire


Electoral regionEdit

Constituency boundaries and council areaEdit

The 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.[1]

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.

The electoral wards used in the creation of East Kilbride were:

  • East Kilbride South, East Kilbride Central South, East Kilbride Central North, East Kilbride West, East Kilbride East

Member of the Scottish ParliamentEdit

Election Member Party
1999 Andy Kerr Labour
2011 Linda Fabiani SNP

Election resultsEdit

Scottish Parliament election, 2016: East Kilbride
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Linda Fabiani 19,371 55.9 +7.9
Labour Lizanne Handibode 8,392 24.2 -17.3
Conservative Graham Simpson 5,857 16.9 +9.4
Liberal Democrats Paul McGarry 1,009 2.9 +1.3
Majority 10,979 31.7 +25.2
Turnout 34,629 56.6 +6.5
SNP hold Swing +12.6

The seat underwent boundary changes between 2007 and 2011.

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: East Kilbride
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Linda Fabiani 14,359 48 N/A
Labour Andy Kerr 12,410 41.5 N/A
Conservative Graham Simpson 2,260 7.6 N/A
Liberal Democrats Douglas Herbison 468 1.6 N/A
Independent John Houston 414 1.4 N/A
Majority 1,949 6.5
Turnout 29,911 50.1 -
SNP win (new seat)

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: East Kilbride
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andy Kerr 15,334 42.7 +2.1
SNP Linda Fabiani 13,362 37.2 +12.1
Conservative Graham Simpson 4,115 11.5 +0.4
Liberal Democrats Dave Clark 3,092 8.6 +2.2
Majority 1,972 5.5
Turnout 35,903 53.6 +1.6
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: East Kilbride
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andy Kerr 13,825 40.56 -7.59
SNP Linda Fabiani 8,544 25.07 -7.42
Conservative Grace Campbell 3,785 11.10 -0.14
Scottish Socialist Carolyn Leckie 2,736 8.03 +8.03
Liberal Democrats Alex McKie 2,181 6.40 -1.73
Majority 5,281 15.49 -0.17
Turnout 34,087 52.06 -10.73
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: East Kilbride
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andy Kerr 19,987 48.38 N/A
SNP Linda Fabiani 13,488 32.65 N/A
Conservative Craig Stevenson 4,465 10.81 N/A
Liberal Democrats Ewan Hawthorn 3,373 8.16 N/A
Majority 6,499 15.73 N/A
Labour win (new seat)