Clydesdale (Scottish Parliament constituency)


Clydesdale 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 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 shown within the South Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created1999
PartyScottish National Party
MSPAileen Campbell
Council areaSouth Lanarkshire

Electoral region


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 area


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.[1]

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:

Member of the Scottish Parliament


ElectionMemberParty
1999 Karen Gillon Scottish Labour Party
2011 Aileen Campbell Scottish National Party

Election results


2010s

[2]

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Clydesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Aileen Campbell 14,821 44.0 -5.9
Conservative Alex Allison 8,842 26.2 +11.9
Labour Claudia Beamish 6,995 20.7 -15.1
Independent Danny Meikle 1,332 4.0 New
Clydesdale and South Scotland Independent Bev Gauld 909 2.7 New
Liberal Democrats Jennifer Ball 820 2.4 New
Majority 5,979 17.8 +3.7
Turnout 33,719 57.7 +5.4
SNP hold Swing -8.9

[3]

2011 Scottish Parliament election: Clydesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Aileen Campbell 14,931 49.9 N/A
Labour Karen Gillon 10,715 35.8 N/A
Conservative Colin McGavigan 4,291 14.3 N/A
Majority 4,216 14.1 N/A
Turnout 29,937 52.3 -1.8
SNP win (new boundaries)

2000s

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 New
Independent David Morrison 579 1.8 New
Majority 6,671 23.5 +13.5
Turnout 32,442 51.0 -9.6
Labour hold Swing +5.3

1990s

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)

Footnotes