Clydesdale (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Clydesdale (Scottish Parliament constituency)
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
Clydesdale ScottishParliamentConstituency.PNG
Clydesdale shown within the South of Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP Aileen Campbell
Council area South Lanarkshire
Party Scottish National Party

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 of 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.


Electoral region

See also South of Scotland Scottish Parliament region

The other eight constituencies of the South of Scotland region are Ayr, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Cunninghame South, Dumfries, East Lothian, Galloway and Upper Nithsdale, Roxburgh and Berwickshire and Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale.

The region covers the Dumfries and Galloway council area, the Scottish Borders council area, the South Ayrshire council area, part of the East Ayrshire council area, part of the East Lothian council area, part of the Midlothian council area, part of the North 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[1].

The Holyrood constituency is one of five covering the South Lanarkshire council area. The others are the East Kilbride, Hamilton South, Hamilton North and Bellshill and Glasgow Rutherglen constituencies, all in other electoral regions.

East Kilbride, Hamilton South, and Hamilton North and Bellshill are in the Central Scotland region. Glasgow Rutherglen is in the Glasgow region.

Two constituencies straddle boundaries with other council areas. Hamilton North and Bellshill covers a portion of the North Lanarkshire council area. Glasgow Rutherglen covers a portion of the Glasgow City council area.

The Clydesdale constituency covers an eastern portion of the South Lanarkshire area, and has boundaries with the East Kilbride and Hamilton South constituencies. It includes the towns of Lanark, Biggar, Abingdon, Strathaven, Carluke and Kirkmuirhill.

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
1999 Karen Gillon Labour
2011 Aileen Campbell SNP

Election results

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Clydesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Aileen Campbell 14,931 49.9 +16.1
Labour Karen Gillon 10,715 35.8 -1.6
Conservative Colin McGavigan 4,291 14.3 -5.4
Majority 4,216 14.1
Turnout 29,937 52.3 +760
SNP gain from Labour Swing +8.9
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Clydesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Gillon 13,835 41.5 -4.1
SNP Aileen Campbell 10,942 32.8 +7.7
Conservative Colin McGavigan 5,604 16.8 +0.9
Liberal Democrats Fraser Grieve 2,951 8.8 +1.6
Majority 2,893 8.7
Turnout 33,332 50.5 -0.5
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Clydesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Gillon 14,800 46.62 +2.6
SNP John Brady 8,129 25.06 -8
Conservative Alastair Campbell 5,174 15.95 +1.02
Liberal Democrats Fraser Grieve 2,338 7.21 -1.78
Scottish Socialist Owen Meharry 1,422 4.38 N/A
Independent David Morrision 579 1.78 N/A
Majority 6,671 23.51 +13.64
Turnout 32,442 50.95 -9.66
Labour hold Swing +5.3
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Clydesdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Gillon 16,755 43.02 N/A
SNP Anne Winning 12,875 33.06 N/A
Conservative Charles Cormack 5,814 14.93 N/A
Liberal Democrats Sandra Grieve 3,503 7.89 N/A
Majority 3,880 9.87 N/A
Turnout 39,324 60.61 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A


  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland
  2. ^ [ Statement of Persons Nominated

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