Eastwood (Scottish Parliament constituency)


Eastwood is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of ten constituencies in the West Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Eastwood
Paidmyre Road, Newton Mearns
CountryScotland
CountyEast Renfrewshire
Area
  Total121.6 km2 (47.0 sq mi)
Population
  Total67,461
  Density550/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Eastwood
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Eastwood shown within the West Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
Created1999
PartyConservative
MSPJackson Carlaw
Council areaEast Renfrewshire

Electoral region


The other nine constituencies of the West Scotland region are Clydebank and Milngavie, Cunninghame North, Cunninghame South, Dumbarton, Greenock and Inverclyde, Paisley, Renfrewshire North and West, Renfrewshire South and Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

The region covers part of the Argyll and Bute council area, the East Dunbartonshire council area, the East Renfrewshire council area, the Inverclyde council area, North Ayrshire council area, the Renfrewshire council area and the West Dunbartonshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area


The Eastwood 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, the name of the Westminster (House of Commons) constituency was changed to East Renfrewshire.[3]

In boundary changes in time for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the constituency of Eastwood was redrawn to be formed from the following electoral wards:

Constituency profile


The Eastwood constituency is a highly affluent middle-class commuter seat located south-west of Glasgow. It covers a majority of the East Renfrewshire council area, based principally around the towns of Newton Mearns, Eaglesham, Giffnock, Thornliebank, Netherlee, Busby and Clarkston which adjoin the City of Glasgow. According to data derived from the Scottish Index for Multiple Deprivation 60% of the seat's datazones are among the 10% most affluent areas in Scotland, with a further 15% of the seat's datazones being among the 20% most affluent areas in Scotland.[4]

Data from the 2011 Scottish Census suggests that the seat has a substantial number of home-owners residing in large bungalows in comparison to the national average,[5] with large portion of the seat's working population being employed in managerial, administrative and professional occupations.[6]

Member of the Scottish Parliament


The MSP for this constituency from its creation in 1999 was Ken Macintosh of Labour. In the 2016 election, Macintosh lost the seat, finishing third behind the Conservative victor Jackson Carlaw; however, he was returned as an MSP for the West Scotland electoral region, following which he was elected as the Scottish Parliament's fifth Presiding Officer.

ElectionMemberPartyImage
1999 Ken Macintosh Labour
2003
2007
2011
2016 Jackson Carlaw Conservative

Election results


2010s

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Eastwood[7][8]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Y or N denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
Conservative Jackson Carlaw 12,932 35.7 +2.3 13,929 38.3 +11.4
SNP Stewart Maxwell 11,322 31.2 +6.8 10,680 29.3 +4.9
Labour N Ken Macintosh 11,081 30.6 -9.1 7,263 19.9 -7.4
Liberal Democrats John Duncan 921 2.5 -0.1 999 2.7 -0.1
Scottish Green   2,390 6.6 +2.9
UKIP   458 1.3 +0.7
Scottish Christian   286 0.8 +0.1
Solidarity   135 0.4 +0.3
RISE   129 0.4 New
Libertarian   60 0.2 New
Informal votes 116 58
Total Valid votes 36,256 36,329
Conservative gain from Labour Majority 1,611 4.5 N/A
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Eastwood[9][10]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Y or N denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
Labour Y Ken Macintosh 12,662 39.66 +9.73 8,708 27.32
Conservative Jackson Carlaw 10,650 33.36 -7.74 8,584 26.93
SNP Stewart Maxwell 7,777 24.36 +8.62 10,967 34.41
Liberal Democrats Gordon Cochrane 835 2.62 -7.45 906 2.84
Scottish Green   1,170 3.67
All Scotland Pensioners Party 365 1.15
Scottish Christian   234 0.73
BNP   195 0.61
UKIP   194 0.61
Socialist Labour   189 0.59
Ban Bankers Bonuses 119 0.37
Scottish Socialist   95 0.30
Pirate   82 0.26
Solidarity   41 0.13
Richard Vassie (Independent) 24 0.08
Informal votes 98 100
Total Valid votes 31,924 31,873
Labour gain from Conservative Majority 2,012 6.30

2000s

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Eastwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative 12,825 41.1
Labour 9,337 29.9
SNP 4,912 15.7
Liberal Democrats 3,141 10.1
Others 986 3.2
Majority 3,488 11.2
Turnout 31,201
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
2007 Scottish Parliament election: Eastwood [11]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Y or N denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
Labour Y Kenneth Macintosh 15,077 35.76 -0.10 12,365 29.41
Conservative Jackson Carlaw 14,186 33.64 +7.30 11,470 27.28
SNP Stewart Maxwell 7,972 18.91 +6.73 9,460 22.50
Liberal Democrats Gordon MacDonald 3,603 8.55 -4.45 3,332 7.92
Independent Frank McGee 1,327 3.15 +3.15
Scottish Green   1,515 3.60
Scottish Senior Citizens   737 1.75
Solidarity   631 1.50
BNP   505 1.20
Christian Peoples Alliance   502 1.19
Scottish Christian   500 1.19
Save Our NHS Group 376 0.89
Scottish Unionist   156 0.37
Scottish Socialist   143 0.34
Socialist Labour   126 0.30
UKIP   112 0.27
Scottish Voice   56 0.13
Scottish Jacobite   50 0.12
Socialist Equality   12 0.03
Informal votes 990 1,107
Total Valid votes 42,165 42,048
Turnout 43,155
Labour hold Majority 891 2.11 -7.41
2003 Scottish Parliament election: Eastwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Macintosh 13,946 35.86 -1.52
Conservative Jackson Carlaw 10,244 26.34 -6.36
Liberal Democrats Allan Steele 5,056 13.00 +3.15
SNP Stewart Maxwell 4,736 12.18 -7.12
Independent Margaret Hinds 3,163 8.13 New
Scottish Socialist Steve Oram 1,504 3.87 New
Scottish Peoples Alliance Martyn Greene 240 0.62 New
Majority 3,702 9.52 +4.84
Turnout 38,889 58.00 -9.51
Labour hold Swing

1990s

1999 Scottish Parliament election: Eastwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Macintosh 16,970 37.38 N/A
Conservative John Young 14,845 32.70 N/A
SNP Rachel Findlay 8,760 19.30 N/A
Liberal Democrats Anna McCurley 4,472 9.85 N/A
Independent Manar Tayan 349 0.77 N/A
Majority 2,125 4.68 N/A
Turnout 45,396 59.51 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

Notes and references