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West of Scotland
Scottish Parliament electoral region
West of Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
The West of Scotland region
shown within Scotland
Created
1999
Current representation
Labour Party 8 MSPs
Scottish National Party 5 MSPs
Conservative 2 MSPs
Liberal Democrats 1 MSP
Constituencies
Clydebank and Milngavie
Cunninghame North
Dumbarton
Eastwood
Greenock and Inverclyde
Paisley North
Paisley South
Strathkelvin and Bearsden
West Renfrewshire
Council areas
Argyll and Bute (part)
East Dunbartonshire (part)
East Renfrewshire
Inverclyde
North Ayrshire (part)
Renfrewshire (part)
West Dunbartonshire

West of Scotland is one of the eight electoral regions of the Scottish Parliament which were created in 1999. Nine of the parliament's 73 first past the post constituencies are sub-divisions of the region and it elects seven of the 56 additional-member Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). Thus it elects a total of 16 MSPs.

The West of Scotland region shares boundaries with the Central Scotland, Glasgow, Highlands and Islands, and Mid Scotland and Fife regions.

Contents

Constituencies and local government areas

In terms of first past the post constituencies the region covers:

Constituency Map
  1. Clydebank and Milngavie covers the eastern portion of the West Dunbartonshire council area and a western portion of the East Dunbartonshire council area.
  2. Cunninghame North covers a north-western portion of the Ayrshire North council area.
  3. Dumbarton covers a western portion of the West Dunbartonshire council area and a south-eastern portion of the Argyll and Bute council area.
  4. Eastwood covers the East Renfrewshire council area.
  5. Greenock and Inverclyde covers a western portion of the Inverclyde council area.
  6. Paisley North covers an eastern portion of the Renfrewshire council area.
  7. Paisley South covers a south eastern portion of the Renfrewshire council area.
  8. Strathkelvin and Bearsden covers the majority of the East Dunbartonshire council area.
  9. West Renfrewshire covers a western portion of the Renfrewshire council area and an eastern portion of the Inverclyde council area.
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The constituencies were created in 1999 with the names and boundaries of Westminster constituencies, as existing in at that time. Scottish Westminster constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies in 2005[1].

In terms of local government areas the region covers:

Election results

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2007 Scottish Parliament election

In the 2007 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: West of Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Clydebank and Milngavie Des McNulty Labour hold
Cunninghame North Kenneth Gibson SNP gain from Labour
Dumbarton Jackie Baillie Labour hold
Eastwood Kenneth Macintosh Labour hold
Greenock and Inverclyde Duncan McNeil Labour hold
Paisley North Wendy Alexander Labour hold
Paisley South Hugh Henry Labour hold
Strathkelvin and Bearsden David Whitton Labour gain from Independent
West Renfrewshire Patricia Godman Labour hold

Additional member results

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: West of Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Labour 0 0 91,725 34.2% -1.6%
SNP Stewart Maxwell
Gil Paterson
Bill Wilson
Stuart McMillan
4 +1 75,953 28.3% +8.7%
Conservative Annabel Goldie
Jackson Carlaw
2 ±0 40,637 15.2% -0.5%
Liberal Democrats Ross Finnie 1 ±0 22,515 8.4% -3.9%
Scottish Green 0 0 8,152 3.0% -2.6%
Scottish Senior Citizens 0 0 5,231 2.0% -0.8%
Solidarity 0 0 4,774 1.8% N/A
Scottish Christian 0 0 3,729 1.4% N/A
British National Party 0 0 3,241 1.2% N/A
Christian Peoples 0 0 3,027 1.1% N/A
Save NHS Group 0 0 2,682 1.0% N/A
Scottish Socialist 0 -1 1,716 0.6% -6.6%
Socialist Labour 0 0 1,557 0.6% -0.6%
Scottish Unionist 0 0 1,245 0.5% -0.2%
UKIP 0 0 888 0.3% -0.3%
Scottish Voice 0 0 522 0.2% N/A
Scottish Jacobite Party 0 0 446 0.2% N/A
Socialist Equality Party (UK) 0 0 139 0.0% N/A

2003 Scottish Parliament election

In the 2003 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: West of Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Clydebank and Milngavie Des McNulty Labour
Cunninghame North Allan Wilson Labour
Dumbarton Jackie Baillie Labour
Eastwood Kenneth Macintosh Labour
Greenock and Inverclyde Duncan McNeil Labour
Paisley North Wendy Alexander Labour
Paisley South Hugh Henry Labour
Strathkelvin and Bearsden Jean Turner Independent
West Renfrewshire Patricia Godman Labour

Additional member results

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: West of Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Labour 0 0 83,931 32.6% -5.9%
SNP Campbell Martin
Bruce McFee
Stewart Maxwell
3 −1 50,387 19.6% -6.3%
Conservative Annabel Goldie
Murray Tosh
2 ±0 40,261 15.7% -
Liberal Democrats Ross Finnie 1 ±0 31,580 12.3% +1.3%
Scottish Socialist Frances Curran 1 +1 18,591 7.2% +5.3
Scottish Green 0 0 14,544 5.7% +3.1%
Scottish Senior Citizens 0 0 7,100 2.8% N/A
ProLife Party 0 0 3,674 1.40% N/A
Socialist Labour 0 0 3,155 1.2% -0.2%
UKIP 0 0 1,662 0.6% N/A
Scottish Unionist 0 0 1,617 0.6% -
Scottish People's 0 0 674 0.3% N/A

1999 Scottish Parliament election

In the 1999 Scottish Parliament election the region elected MSPs as follows:

Constituency results

Scottish Parliament election, 1999: West of Scotland
Constituency Elected member Result
Clydebank and Milngavie Des McNulty Labour
Cunninghame North Allan Wilson Labour
Dumbarton Jackie Baillie Labour
Eastwood Kenneth Macintosh Labour
Greenock and Inverclyde Duncan McNeil Labour
Paisley North Wendy Alexander Labour
Paisley South Hugh Henry Labour
Strathkelvin and Bearsden Sam Galbraith Labour
West Renfrewshire Patricia Godman Labour

Changes:

Additional member results

Scottish Parliament election, 1999: West of Scotland
Party Elected candidates Seats +/− Votes % +/−%
Labour 0 N/A 119,663 38.5% N/A
SNP Colin Campbell
Kay Ullrich
Lloyd Quinan
Fiona McLeod
4 N/A 80,417 25.9% N/A
Conservative Annabel Goldie
John Young
2 N/A 48,666 15.7% N/A
Liberal Democrats Ross Finnie 1 N/A 34,095 11.0% N/A
Scottish Green 0 N/A 8,174 2.6% N/A
Scottish Socialist 0 N/A 5,944 1.9% N/A
Socialist Labour 0 N/A 4,472 1.4% N/A
ProLife Alliance 0 N/A 3,227 1.0% N/A
Independent 0 N/A 2,761 0.9% N/A
Scottish Unionist 0 N/A 1,840 0.6% N/A
Natural Law Party 0 N/A 589 0.2% N/A
Independent 0 N/A 565 0.2% N/A

Footnotes

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

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