Cunninghame South (Scottish Parliament constituency)


Cunninghame South (Scottish Parliament constituency)
Cunninghame South
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
Cunninghame South (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
West Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Cunninghame South shown within the West Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP Margaret Burgess
Council area Dumfries and Galloway
Party SNP

Cunninghame South is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament. It elects one MSP by the first past the post method of election once every four years. Currently, the constituency comprises of the towns of Irvine, Kilwinning and Stevenston, located within the North Ayrshire council area in Scotland's south-west. Although it is traditionally a safe seat for the Labour Party, it fell to the SNP in 2011.

The seat 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.

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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, Clydesdale, 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 Cunninghame South 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 covers a south-eastern portion of the North Ayrshire council area. The rest of the council area is covered by the Cunninghame North constituency, which is in the West of Scotland electoral region.

From the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections, the newly reformed Cunninghame South will be formed from the following electoral wards:

  • In full; Irvine West, Irvine East, Kilwinning
  • In part; Saltcoats and Stevenston

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
1999 Irene Oldfather Labour
2003
2007
2011 Margaret Burgess SNP

Election results

[2]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Cunninghame South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Margaret Burgess 10,993 49.8 +15.2
Labour Irene Oldfather 8,645 39.2 -4.6
Conservative Alistair Haw 1,871 8.5 -4.7
Liberal Democrats Ruby Kirkwood 547 2.5 -6
Majority 2,384 10.6 +1.3
Turnout 22,056 42.8 -4.1
SNP gain from Labour Swing 9.9


Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Cunninghame South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Irene Oldfather 10,270 43.8 -5.2
SNP Duncan Ross 8,102 34.6 +12.3
Conservative Pat McPhee 3,073 13.1 +2.8
Liberal Democrats Iain Dale 1,977 8.4 +1.8
Majority 2,168 9.3
Turnout 23,422 46.9 +1.2
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Cunninghame South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Irene Oldfather 11,165 49.03 −3.79
SNP Michael Russell MSP 5,089 22.35 −7.34
Scottish Socialist Rosemary Byrne 2,677 11.76 +11.76
Conservative Andrew Brocklehurst 2,336 10.26 −1.16
Liberal Democrats Iain Dale 1,505 6.61 +0.54
Majority 6,076 26.68 + 3.55
Turnout 22,772 45.66 −10.40
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Cunninghame South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Irene Oldfather 14,936 52.82 n/a
SNP Michael Russell 8,395 29.69 n/a
Conservative Murray Tosh 3,229 11.42 n/a
Liberal Democrats Stuart Ritchie 1,717 6.07 n/a
Majority 6,541 23.13 n/a
Turnout

Footnotes

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



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