Rutherglen (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Rutherglen 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, it is one of nine constituencies in the Glasgow electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to the nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

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Rutherglen shown within the Glasgow electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
PartyScottish National Party
MSPClare Haughey
Council areaSouth Lanarkshire

Originally called Glasgow Rutherglen, in 2011 the boundaries were redrawn and the new constituency renamed simply Rutherglen.

Electoral regionEdit

The other eight constituencies of the Glasgow region are Glasgow Anniesland, Glasgow Cathcart, Glasgow Kelvin, Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, Glasgow Pollok, Glasgow Provan, Glasgow Shettleston and Glasgow Southside.

The region covers the Glasgow City council area and a north-western portion of the South Lanarkshire council area.[1]

Constituency boundaries and council areasEdit

The newly redrawn seat of Rutherglen consists of the following electoral wards:

Member of the Scottish ParliamentEdit

Election Member Party
2011 James Kelly Labour
2016 Clare Haughey SNP

Election resultsEdit

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Rutherglen
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Clare Haughey 15,222 46.2 +6.7
Labour Co-op James Kelly 11,479 34.8 -11.3
Conservative Taylor Muir 3,718 11.3 +3.6
Liberal Democrats Robert Brown 2,533 7.7 +3.3
Majority 3,743 11.4 N/A
Turnout 32,952 54.3 +6.6
SNP gain from Labour Co-op Swing
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Rutherglen
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op James Kelly 12,489 46.1 +1.5
SNP James McGuigan 10,710 39.5 +16.3
Conservative Martyn McIntyre 2,096 7.7 -0.9
Liberal Democrats Lisa Strachan 1,194 4.4 -14.8
Independent Caroline Johnstone 633 2.3 N/A
Majority 1,779 6.6 N/A
Turnout 27,122 47.7 N/A
Labour Co-op win (new boundaries)


See alsoEdit