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Glasgow Rutherglen
Scottish Parliament burgh constituency
Glasgow Rutherglen ScottishParliamentConstituency.svg
Glasgow (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Glasgow Rutherglen shown within the
Glasgow electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created: 1999
MSP: James Kelly (Scottish politician)
Party: Labour
Council area: Glasgow City (part)
South Lanarkshire (part)

Glasgow Rutherglen 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 ten constituencies in the Glasgow 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.


Electoral region

See also Glasgow Scottish Parliament region

The other nine constituencies of the Glasgow region are Glasgow Anniesland, Glasgow Baillieston, Glasgow Cathcart, Glasgow Govan, Glasgow Kelvin, Glasgow Maryhill, Glasgow Pollok, Glasgow Shettleston and Glasgow Springburn.

The region covers the Glasgow City council area and a north-western portion of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council areas

The Glasgow Rutherglen 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 east of the Cathcart constituency and south of the Shettleston and Baillieston constituencies, which are all entirely within the Glasgow City council area. The Rutherglen constituency, however, covers a south-eastern portion of the city area and a north-western portion of the South Lanarkshire council area.

In the South Lanarkshire area, Glasgow Rutherglen is one of five constituencies covering the area: Glasgow Rutherglen, East Kilbride, Hamilton South, Hamilton North and Bellshill and Clydesdale. Glasgow Rutherglen borders the East Kilbride and Hamilton South constituencies.

The East Kilbride constituency, the Hamilton constituency and the Hamilton North and Bellshill constituency are all in the Central Scotland electoral region. The Clydesdale constituency is in the South of Scotland region.


The town of Rutherglen is the oldest royal burgh in Scotland, and 500 years older than the royal burgh of Glasgow. It was traditionally a Conservative seat, and has always striven to maintain some autonomy since it was absorbed by Glasgow in the 1970s. However, the changes in the 1970s led the Westminster constituency to be mostly made up of vast council estates south-east of the Glasgow city centre and it became a Labour safe seat. At its northern border it blends into Glasgow's suburbs and the vast Castlemilk housing scheme. The seat includes not only Rutherglen itself but also the town of Cambuslang, and the housing scheme at Fernhill and Whitlawburn. Steel and pottery have been major industries in the past, but both have been in decline over the last 30 years. Although now mostly outside Glasgow local government area, the constituency is still seen as a safe Labour seat. There were no surprises in the 1999 elections, which saw Janis Hughes win the seat with a majority of 25% of the vote.

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
1999 Janis Hughes Labour
2007 James Kelly Labour

Election results

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Glasgow Rutherglen
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Kelly 10,237 42.2 -3.6
SNP Margaret Park 5,857 24.2 +9.2
Liberal Democrats Robert Brown 5,516 22.7 +3.6
Conservative Christina Harcus 2,094 8.6 -2.0
Scottish Christian Tom Greig 548 2.3 +2.3
Majority 4,380 18.1
Turnout 24,252 48.5 +0.9
Labour hold Swing -6.5%
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Glasgow Rutherglen
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janis Hughes 10,794 45.8% -0.5%
Liberal Democrats Robert Brown 4,491 19.1% -0.9%
SNP Anne McLaughlin 3,517 14.9% -6.3
Conservative Gavin Brown 2,499 10.6% +2.6%
Scottish Socialist Bill Bonnar 2,259 9.6% +6.7%
Majority 6,303 26.8% +1.7%
Turnout 23,560 47.6%
Labour hold Swing -0.5%
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Glasgow Rutherglen
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janis Hughes 13,442 46.31% N/A
SNP Tom Chalmers 6,155 21.21% N/A
Liberal Democrats Robert Brown 5,798 19.98% N/A
Conservative Iain Stewart 2,315 7.98% N/A
Scottish Socialist William Bonnar 832 2.87% N/A
Socialist Labour James Nisbet 481 1.66% N/A
Majority 7,287 25.10% N/A
Turnout 15,583
Labour hold Swing N/A

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