- West Dunbartonshire (UK Parliament constituency)
West Dunbartonshire County constituency for the House of Commons
Boundary of West Dunbartonshire in Scotland.
Subdivisions of Scotland Scotland Major settlements West Dunbartonshire Current constituency Created 2005 Member of Parliament Gemma Doyle (Labour Co-op) Number of members One Created from Dumbarton
Clydebank & Milngavie
1950–1983 Number of members One Created from Dunbartonshire
Overlaps European Parliament constituency Scotland
West Dunbartonshire is a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster). It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election and covers the same area as the county of West Dunbartonshire.
The current constituency was first used in the 2005 general election. There was also an earlier West Dunbartonshire constituency, from 1950 to 1983.
The historic constituency was created under the House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1949, and first used in the 1950 general election.
As created in 1950, the constituency was one of two covering the county of Dunbarton. The other was East Dunbartonshire. The two new constituencies replaced the earlier constituencies of Dunbartonshire and Dumbarton Burghs.
The results of the First Periodical Review of the Boundary Commission were implemented for the 1955 general election, but there was no change to the boundaries of West Dunbartonshire, and the boundaries of 1951 and 1955 were used also in the general elections of 1959, 1964, 1966 and 1970.
The results of the Second Periodical Review were implemented for the February 1974 general election. The review took account of population growth in the county of Dunbarton, caused by overspill from the city of Glasgow into the new town of Cumbernauld and elsewhere, and West Dunbartonshire became one of three constituencies covering the county. The other two were East Dunbartonshire and Central Dunbartonshire. West Dunbartonshire now covered the Helensburgh and Vale of Leven districts and the burghs of Cove and Kilcreggan, Dumbarton, and Helensburgh.
In 1975, under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, Scottish counties were abolished in favour of regions and districts and islands council areas, and the county of Dunbarton was divided between several districts of the new region of Strathclyde. The Third Periodical Review took account of new local government boundaries, and the results were implemented for the 1983 general election.
as one of the council areas of Scotland
The existing constituency was created as a result of the Fifth Periodical Review of the Boundary Commission for Scotland, It covers and is entirely within the West Dunbartonshire council area.
The Fifth Periodical Review did not affect the boundaries of Scottish Parliament constituencies, which retain the boundaries of Westminster constituencies prior to implementation of the results of the review.
Member of Parliament, 2005 to present
- 2005 – 2010: John McFall, Labour Co-operative, previously MP for Dumbarton, since 1987.
- 2010 – present: Gemma Doyle, Labour Co-operative
Elections in the 2010s
General Election 2010: West Dunbartonshire Party Candidate Votes % ±% Labour Co-op Gemma Doyle 25,905 61.3 +9.4 SNP Graeme McCormick 8,497 20.1 −1.6 Liberal Democrat Helen Watt 3,434 8.1 −6.3 Conservative Martyn McIntyre 3,242 7.7 +1.2 UKIP Mitch Sorbie 683 1.6 +0.8 Socialist Labour Katharine McGavigan 505 1.2 N/A Majority 17,408 41.2 +11.0 Turnout 42,266 64.0 +2.6 Labour Co-op hold Swing +5.5
Elections in the 2000s
General Election 2005: West Dunbartonshire Party Candidate Votes % ±% Labour Co-op John McFall 21,600 51.9% -11.6 SNP Tom Chalmers 9,047 21.8% -2.2 Liberal Democrat Niall Walker 5,999 14.4% +12.0 Conservative Campbell Murdoch 2,679 6.4% +1.4 Scottish Socialist Les Robertson 1,708 4.1% -0.9 UKIP Bryan Maher 354 0.9% +0.9 Christian Vote Marlon Dawson 202 0.5% +0.5 Majority 12,553 30.2% Turnout 41,589 61.3 -2.9 Labour Co-op hold Swing -4.7
Members of Parliament, 1950 to 1983
Elections in the 1970s
General Election Oct 1974: West Dunbartonshire  Party Candidate Votes % ±% Labour Ian Campbell 15,511 SNP A. Murray 13,697 Conservative R.R. MacDonald 9,421 Liberal J.D. Murricane 2,029 Majority 1,814
Elections in the 1950s
General Election 1959: West Dunbartonshire  Party Candidate Votes % ±% Labour Tom Steele 22,105 Conservative N.M. Glen 19,964 Majority 2,141
Notes and references
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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