Glasgow Baillieston (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Glasgow Baillieston 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. The seat was represented by Labour's Margaret Curran from the inception of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 until her retirement in 2011.

Glasgow Baillieston
Former burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Glasgow Baillieston shown within the Glasgow electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Former constituency
Council areaGlasgow City
Declaration of results in Glasgow Baillieston constituency in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election.

For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the constituency was abolished. The Baillieston electoral ward was divided between Provan and Shettleston seats.

Electoral region

Constituency boundaries

The current Glasgow Baillieston 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 is entirely within the Glasgow City council area, on the area's eastern boundary. It is east of the Shettleston and Springburn constituencies and north of the Rutherglen constituency. Shettleston and Springburn are also entirely within the city area. Rutherglen straddles the boundary between the Glasgow City and South Lanarkshire council areas.[1]

Boundary review

Following their First Periodic review of constituencies to the Scottish Parliament the Boundary Commission for Scotland recommended the abolition of the Baillieston constituency. The Garrowhill, Bailliston, Swinton, and Barlanark areas of the Baillieston electoral area were combined with Calton and Shettleston, to form an enlarged Glasgow Shettleston constituency, whilst the East Centre, North East, and remaining areas of the Baillieston ward form a newly created Glasgow Provan constituency.

Constituency profile

The constituency included the areas of Ballieston, Mount Vernon, Easterhouse, Barlanark and Gartloch. It is industrial in character and has high levels of unemployment, one-parent families and drug abuse.

Member of the Scottish Parliament

1999 Margaret Curran Labour
2011 Constituency abolished; see Glasgow Provan and Glasgow Shettleston

Election results

2007 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Ballieston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Curran 9,141 52.9 +0.0
SNP Lachlan McNeill 5,207 30.2 +11.2
Conservative Richard Sullivan 1,276 7.4 -0.7
Liberal Democrats David Jackson 1,060 6.1 -0.5
Scottish Christian George Hargreaves 588 3.4 N/A
Majority 3,934 22.7 -10.9
Rejected ballots 1850
Turnout 17,272 38.9 -0.5
Labour hold Swing
2003 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Ballieston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Curran 9,657 52.9 +5.3
SNP Lachlan McNeill 3,479 19.0 -15.7
Scottish Socialist Jim McVicar 2,461 13.5 +5.6
Conservative Janette McAlpine 1,472 8.1 +1.7
Liberal Democrats David Jackson 1,201 6.6 +3.2
Majority 6,178 33.8 +20.9
Turnout 18,270 39.4
Labour hold Swing +5.2


1999 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Ballieston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Curran 11,289 47.61 N/A
SNP Dorothy Grace Elder 8,217 34.66 N/A
Scottish Socialist Jim McVicar 1,864 7.86 N/A
Conservative Dr Kate Pickering 1,526 6.44 N/A
Liberal Democrats Judith Fryer 813 3.43 N/A
Majority 3,072 12.95 N/A
Turnout 23,709 N/A N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also