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Glasgow Govan (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Glasgow Govan was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elected one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election.

Glasgow Govan
Former burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
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Glasgow Govan shown within the Glasgow electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Former constituency
Council areaGlasgow City (part) Renfrewshire (part)

For the 2011 election, the constituency was abolished. The Govan electoral ward was divided between Glasgow Pollok and Glasgow Southside.

Electoral regionEdit

The region covers the Glasgow City council area and a north-western portion of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council areasEdit

The Glasgow Govan 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.

The Holyrood constituency covers a western portion of the Glasgow City council and small western portion of Renfrewshire Council.[1]

Glasgow Govan is south of the Kelvin constituency, west of Shettleston and north of Cathcart and Pollok, which are all entirely within the city area.

Boundary reviewEdit

Following their First Periodic review into constituencies to the Scottish Parliament in time for the 2011 election, the Boundary Commission for Scotland recommended the effective abolition of the Glasgow Govan constituency. The new creation was to be known as Glasgow Southside formed by the combination of Southside Central, and Pollokshields wards with the addition of the eastern half of the Govan division.

Member of the Scottish ParliamentEdit

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, represented the constituency from the 2007 election. She was previously an MSP for the Glasgow regional list from 1999 to 2007, during which time she was Leader of the Opposition at Holyrood from 2004 to 2007.

Election Member Party
1999 Gordon Jackson Labour
2007 Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party
2011 Constituency abolished; see Glasgow Southside

Election resultsEdit

2007 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Govan
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Nicola Sturgeon 9,010 41.9 +10.7
Labour Gordon Jackson 8,266 38.4 +1.3
Liberal Democrats Chris Young 1,891 8.8 +0.3
Conservative Martyn McIntyre 1,680 7.8 -1.1
Independent Asif Nasir 423 2.0 N/A
Communist Elinor McKenzie 251 1.2 N/A
Majority 744 3.5
Turnout 22,741 45.4
Rejected ballots 1,220 5.36
SNP gain from Labour Swing 4.7
2003 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Govan
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gordon Jackson 7,834 37.06 −6.25
SNP Nicola Sturgeon 6,599 31.22 −5.43
Scottish Socialist Jimmy Scott 2,369 11.21 +6.38
Conservative Faisal Butt 1,878 8.89 +0.01
Liberal Democrats Paul Graham 1,807 8.55 +2.94
Majority 1,235 5.84 −0.82
Turnout 21,136 43.46 −6.06
Labour hold Swing
1999 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Govan
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gordon Jackson 11,421 43.31 N/A
SNP Nicola Sturgeon 9,665 36.65 N/A
Conservative Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh 2,343 8.88 N/A
Liberal Democrats Mohammed Aslam Khan 1,479 5.61 N/A
Scottish Socialist Charlie McCarthy 1,275 4.83 N/A
Communist John Foster 190 0.72 N/A
Majority 1,756 6.66 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See alsoEdit


  • Rejected ballots for 2007 election from the BBC news page [1]
Preceded by
Aberdeen South
Constituency represented by the
Deputy First Minister of Scotland

Succeeded by
Glasgow Southside