- Dumfries and Galloway (UK Parliament constituency)
Dumfries and Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway shown within Scotland Created: 2005 MP: Russell Brown Party: Labour Type: House of Commons Council areas: Dumfries and Galloway EP constituency: Scotland
Dumfries and Galloway is a county constituency of in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was first used in the 2005 general election, and replaced Galloway and Upper Nithsdale and part of Dumfries, and it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
grouped by the Fifth Review
Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders and South Lanarkshire
As created by the Fifth Review of the Boundary Commission for Scotland the constituency is one of six covering the Dumfries and Galloway council area, the Scottish Borders council area and the South Lanarkshire council area. The other five constituencies are: Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, Lanark and Hamilton East and Rutherglen and Hamilton West.
The Dumfries and Galloway constituency covers part of the Dumfries and Galloway council area. The rest of the council area is covered by the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency, which also covers part of the Scottish Borders council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.
The Dumfries and Galloway constituency includes Stranraer, Newton Stewart, The Machars, Kirkcudbright and a major part of the town of Dumfries. Although within the town of Dumfries, the Nithsdale East and Caerlaverock wards, as they were when the constituency was created, were excluded from the constituency. Ward boundaries changed in 2007.
Dumfries & Galloway's predecessor seats, Galloway & Upper Nithsdale (1983-2005) and Galloway (1918-83), had been represented by Conservative MPs in all but 2 parliaments since 1931. It was won by the Scottish National Party (SNP) in 1997, however became the only Scottish seat to return a Conservative MP at the 2001 General Election.
Boundary changes for the 2005 election saw the new seat have a very slim Labour majority over the Conservatives, and the SNP were in close third place. Russell Brown was the Labour candidate, who had been the MP for the neighbouring seat of Dumfriesshire since 1997, and Peter Duncan, the sitting MP for Galloway & Upper Nithsdale, stood as the Conservative candidate. Although the seat was the Conservatives' 2nd target seat across Britain, Labour increased it's vote share and Russell Brown was elected as the constituency's MP.
In 2010, Duncan attempted once again to become Dumfries & Galloway's MP however the election produced a swing against the Conservatives in the seat, and it was held by Labour. As of the last election, the seat has became a relatively safe Labour seat, with a majority of over 7,000 above the Conservatives. The SNP's share of the vote in the constituency collapsed at the 2005 general election, and remained static in 2010.
Members of Parliament
Election Member  Party 2005 Russell Brown Labour
General Election 2010: Dumfries and Galloway Party Candidate Votes % ±% Labour Russell Brown 23,950 45.9% +4.8 Conservative Peter Duncan 16,501 31.6% -3.7 SNP Andrew Wood 6,419 12.3% +0.2 Liberal Democrat Richard Brodie 4,608 8.8% +0.5 UKIP Bill Wright 695 1.3% +1.3 Majority 7,449 14.3% Turnout 52,173 70.0% +0.4 Labour hold Swing +4.3 General Election 2005: Dumfries and Galloway Party Candidate Votes % ±% Labour Russell Brown 20,924 41.1 +8.7 Conservative Peter Duncan 18,002 35.4 +3.3 SNP Douglas Henderson 6,182 12.1 -13.0 Liberal Democrat Keith Legg 4,259 8.4 -0.5 Scottish Green John Schofield 745 1.5 +1.5 Scottish Socialist John Dennis 497 1.0 -0.6 Christian Vote Mark Smith 282 0.6 +0.6 Majority 2,922 5.7 Turnout 50,891 68.5 +1.5 Labour hold Swing +2.7
Westminster constituencies of Scotland
Aberdeen North · Aberdeen South · Airdrie & Shotts · Angus · Argyll & Bute · Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock · Banff & Buchan · Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk · Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross · Central Ayrshire · Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill · Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East · Dumfries & Galloway · Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale · Dundee East · Dundee West · Dunfermline & West Fife · East Dunbartonshire · East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow · East Lothian · East Renfrewshire · Edinburgh East · Edinburgh North & Leith · Edinburgh South · Edinburgh South West · Edinburgh West · Falkirk · Glasgow Central · Glasgow East · Glasgow North · Glasgow North East · Glasgow North West · Glasgow South · Glasgow South West · Glenrothes · Gordon · Inverclyde · Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey · Kilmarnock & Loudoun · Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath · Lanark & Hamilton East · Linlithgow & East Falkirk · Livingston · Midlothian · Moray · Motherwell & Wishaw · Na h-Eileanan an Iar · North Ayrshire & Arran · North East Fife · Ochil & South Perthshire · Orkney & Shetland · Paisley & Renfrewshire North · Paisley & Renfrewshire South · Perth & North Perthshire · Ross, Skye & Lochaber · Rutherglen & Hamilton West · Stirling · West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine · West Dunbartonshire
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