Coatbridge and Chryston (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Coatbridge and Chryston
Scottish Parliament
burgh constituency
Coatbridge and Chryston (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Central Scotland 2011 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Coatbridge and Chryston shown within the Central Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP Elaine Smith
Council area North Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire
Party Labour

Coatbridge and Chryston is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. It is also one of ten constituencies in the Central 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.

Contents

Electoral region

See also Central Scotland Scottish Parliament region

The other nine constituencies of the Central Scotland region are Airdrie and Shotts, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, East Kilbride, Falkirk East, Falkirk West, Hamilton North and Bellshill, Hamilton South, Kilmarnock and Loudoun and Motherwell and Wishaw.

The region covers 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 areas

The 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 covers a western portion of the North Lanarkshire council area and a south-eastern portion of the East Dunbartonshire council area.

North Lanarkshire council area

The rest of the North Lanarkshire area is covered by Airdrie and Shotts, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Hamilton North and Bellshill and Motherwell and Wishaw, which are also within the Central Scotland electoral region. Hamilton North and Bellshill straddles the North Lanarkshire boundary with the South Lanarkshire council area, which is otherwise divided between the Central Scotland, Glasgow and South of Scotland regions.

East Dunbartonshire council area

The rest of the East Dunbartonshire area is covered by Clydebank and Milngavie and Strathkelvin and Bearsden, which are both within the West of Scotland region. Clydebank and Milngavie straddles the East Dunbartonshire boundary with the West Dunbartonshire council area, which is entirely within the West of Scotland region.

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
1999 Elaine Smith Labour
2003
2007
2011

Election results

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Coatbridge and Chryston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Smith 12,161 52.2 +4.5
SNP John Wilson 9,420 40.5 +11.1
Conservative Jason Lingiah 1,317 5.7 -2.1
Liberal Democrats Rod Ackland 381 1.6 -2.9
Majority 2,741 11.8
Turnout 23,279 44.9 -386
Labour hold Swing -3.3

Liberal Democrats polled under 5% and thus lost their deposit

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Coatbridge and Chryston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Smith 11,860 46.1 -10.1
SNP Frances McGlinchey 7,350 28.6 +8.3
Conservative Ross Thomson 2,305 9.0 +0.4
Independent Julie McAnulty 1,843 7.2 +7.2
Liberal Democrats Doreen Nisbet 1,519 5.9 -1.0
Scottish Voice Gaille McCann 848 3.3 +3.3
Majority 4,510 17.5
Turnout 25,725 47.3 +1.0
Labour hold Swing -9.2%
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Coatbridge and Chryston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Smith 13,422 56.25 -3.10
SNP James Gribben 4,851 20.33 -4.57
Conservative Donald Reece 2,041 8.55 -0.94
Scottish Socialist Gordon Martin 1,911 8.01 +8.01
Liberal Democrats Doreen Nisbit 1,637 8.01 -1.69
Majority 8,571 35.92 +1.47
Turnout 23,862 46.32 -11.56
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Coatbridge and Chryston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Smith 17,923 59.35 N/A
SNP Peter Kearney 7,519 24.90 N/A
Conservative Gordon Lind 2,867 9.49 N/A
Liberal Democrats Jane Hook 1,889 6.26 N/A
Majority 10,404 34.45 N/A
Turnout
Labour hold Swing N/A

Notes

  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland



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