Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Kilmarnock and Loudoun 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.

Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Former county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Kilmarnock and Loudoun shown within the Central Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Former constituency
Council areaEast Ayrshire (part)
Replaced byKilmarnock and Irvine Valley

From the 2011 Scottish Parliament election Kilmarnock and Loudoun was redrawn and renamed Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley.

Electoral region

The region covered all of the Falkirk council area, all of the North Lanarkshire council area, part of the South Lanarkshire council area, part of the East Ayrshire council area and a small part of the East Dumbartonshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area

The constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of an existing Westminster (House of Commons) constituency.[1] The Westminster constituency was created during the period of local government regions and districts, 1975 to 1996, when there was a Kilmarnock and Loudoun district of the Strathclyde region. In 1996 regions and districts were replaced with unitary council areas. Scottish Westminster constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies in 2005.[2]

The Holyrood constituency covers a northern portion of the East Ayrshire council area. The rest of the East Ayrshire area is covered by Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, which also covers a southern portion of the South Ayrshire council area. Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley is within the South of Scotland electoral region.

Boundary review

See Scottish Parliament constituencies and regions from 2011

Following their First Periodic review into constituencies to the Scottish Parliament in time for the 2011 elections, the Boundary Commission for Scotland recommended the creating of a new seat to be known as Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley

This new creation is formed by the Kilmarnock, Annick, and Irvine Valley electoral areas of East Ayrshire.

Member of the Scottish Parliament

1999 Margaret Jamieson Labour
2007 Willie Coffey Scottish National Party
2011 Constituency abolished; see Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley

Election results

2007 Parliamentary election

2007 Scottish Parliament election: Kilmarnock and Loudoun[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Willie Coffey 14,297 42.76 +6.52
Labour Margaret Jamieson 12,955 38.75 -1.33
Conservative Janette McAlpine 4,127 12.34 +1.89
Liberal Democrats Ron Aitken 2,056 6.15 +1.17
Majority 1,342 4.01 N/A
Turnout 34,453 56.68 +4.75
SNP gain from Labour Swing

2003 Parliamentary election

2003 Scottish Parliament election: Kilmarnock and Loudoun[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Jamieson 12,633 40.08 -4.00
SNP Daniel Coffey 11,423 36.24 -0.83
Conservative Robin Traquair 3,296 10.46 -1.20
Liberal Democrats Ian Gibson 1,571 4.98 -2.21
Scottish Socialist Colin Rutherford 1,421 4.51 N/A
Independent Mary Anderson 404 1.28 N/A
Independent Matthew Donnelly 402 1.28 N/A
Scottish Peoples Alliance Lyndsay McIntosh 371 1.18 N/A
Majority 1,210 3.84 -3.17
Turnout 31,705 51.93
Labour hold Swing

1999 Parliamentary election

1999 Scottish Parliament election: Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Jamieson 17,345 44.08 N/A
SNP Alex Neil 14,585 37.07 N/A
Conservative Lyndsay McIntosh 4,589 11.66 N/A
Liberal Democrats John Stewart 2,830 7.19 N/A
Majority 2,760 7.01 N/A
Turnout 39,349 N/A
Labour win (new seat)