Dumbarton (Scottish Parliament constituency)


Dumbarton (Scottish Parliament constituency)
Dumbarton
Scottish Parliament
county constituency
Dumbarton (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
West Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Dumbarton shown within the West Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP Jackie Baillie
Council area West Dunbartonshire (part)
Argyll and Bute (part)
Party Labour

Dumbarton is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the West 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 West of Scotland Scottish Parliament region

The other eight constituencies of the West of Scotland region are Clydebank and Milngavie, Cunninghame North, Eastwood, Greenock and Inverclyde, Paisley North, Paisley South, Strathkelvin and Bearsden and West Renfrewshire.

The region covers the West Dunbartonshire council area, the East Renfrewshire council area, the Inverclyde council area, most of the Renfrewshire council area, most of the East Dunbartonshire council area, part of the Argyll and Bute council area and part of the North Ayrshire council area.

Constituency boundaries

The Dumbarton 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, the Westminster (House of Commons) constituency was abolished in favour of new constituencies.[1]

From the Scottish Parliament election, 2011, Dumbarton will have its boundaries altered so to include the following electoral wards;

Council areas

The Holyrood constituency covers a western portion of the West Dunbartonshire council area and a south-eastern portion of the Argyll and Bute council area. The rest of the West Dunbartonshire area is covered by the Clydebank and Milngavie constituency, which also covers a western portion of the North Lanarkshire council area. The rest of the Argyll and Bute area is covered by the Argyll and Bute constituency, which is within the Highlands and Islands electoral region.

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
1999 Jackie Baillie Labour
2003
2007
2011

Election results

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Dumbarton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jackie Baillie 12,562 44.1 +5.4
SNP Iain Robertson 10,923 38.3 +5
Conservative Graham Smith 3,395 11.9 -3.8
Liberal Democrats Helen Watt 858 3 -8.3
Independent George Rice 770 2.7 +2.7
Majority 1,639 5.7 +0.2
Turnout 28,508 52.9
Labour hold Swing +0.2%
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Dumbarton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jackie Baillie 11,635 38.7 -3.5
SNP Graeme McCormick 10,024 33.4 +14.2
Conservative Brian Pope 4,701 15.6 +1.1
Liberal Democrats Alex Mackie 3,385 11.3 -4.2
Scottish Jacobite Party John Black 309 1.0 +1.0
Majority 1,611 5.4
Turnout 30,054 55.6 +3.8
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Dumbarton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jackie Baillie 12,154 42.17 -1.58
SNP Dr Iain Docherty 5,542 19.23 -10.81
Liberal Democrats Eric Thompson 4,455 15.46 +3.83
Conservative Murray Tosh 4,178 14.50 -0.08
Scottish Socialist Les Robertson 2,494 8.65 +8.65
Majority 6,612 22.94 +9.23
Turnout 28,823, 51.86 -10.00
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Dumbarton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jackie Baillie 15,181 43.75 N/A
SNP Lloyd Quinan 10,423 30.04 N/A
Conservative Donald Reece 5,060 14.58 N/A
Liberal Democrats Paul Coleshill 4,035 11.63 N/A
Majority 4,758 13.71
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Notes and references

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



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