Clydesdale (Scottish Parliament constituency)
for the Scottish Parliament
|Party||Scottish National Party|
|Council area||South Lanarkshire|
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.
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.
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
|1999||Karen Gillon||Scottish Labour Party|
|2011||Aileen Campbell||Scottish National Party|
|Clydesdale and South Scotland Independent||Bev Gauld||909||2.7||+2.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Jennifer Ball||820||2.4||+2.4|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+8.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Fraser Grieve||2,664||9.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Fraser Grieve||2,951||8.8||+1.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Fraser Grieve||2,338||7.21||-1.78|
|Scottish Socialist||Owen Meharry||1,422||4.38||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Sandra Grieve||3,503||7.89||N/A|