Dumbarton (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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 ten constituencies in the West Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Dumbarton shown within the West Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
MSPJackie Baillie
Council areaWest Dunbartonshire
Argyll and Bute

Electoral region

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

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

Constituency boundaries and council area

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]

The constituency takes in Helensburgh and Lomond from the Argyll and Bute council area and covers Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven in West Dunbartonshire. The rest of West Dunbartonshire is covered by the Clydebank and Milngavie. The rest of Argyll and Bute is covered by the Argyll and Bute constituency, which is within the Highlands and Islands electoral region.

From the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, Dumbarton had its boundaries altered to include the following electoral wards:

Member of the Scottish Parliament

1999 Jackie Baillie Labour

Election results


2016 Scottish Parliament election: Dumbarton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jackie Baillie 13,522 40.2 -3.8
SNP Gail Robertson 13,413 39.9 +1.6
Conservative Maurice Corry 4,891 14.6 +2.6
Liberal Democrats Aileen Morton 1,131 3.4 +0.4
Independent Andrew Muir 641 1.9 N/A
Majority 109 0.3 -5.4
Turnout 33,598 61.0 +9.1
Labour hold Swing


2011 Scottish Parliament election: Dumbarton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jackie Baillie 12,562 44.1 N/A
SNP Iain Robertson 10,923 38.3 N/A
Conservative Graham Smith 3,395 11.9 N/A
Liberal Democrats Helen Watt 858 3.0 N/A
Independent George Rice 770 2.7 N/A
Majority 1,639 5.7 N/A
Turnout 28,508 52.9 N/A
Labour win (new boundaries)


2007 Scottish Parliament election: 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 John Black 309 1.0 +1.0
Majority 1,611 5.4
Turnout 30,054 55.6 +3.8
Labour hold Swing


2003 Scottish Parliament election: Dumbarton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jackie Baillie 12,154 42.2 -1.6
SNP Iain Docherty 5,542 19.23 -10.8
Liberal Democrats Eric Thompson 4,455 15.5 +3.8
Conservative Murray Tosh 4,178 14.5 -0.1
Scottish Socialist Les Robertson 2,494 8.7 N/A
Majority 6,612 22.9 +9.2
Turnout 28,823, 51.9 -10.0
Labour hold Swing


1999 Scottish Parliament election: Dumbarton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jackie Baillie 15,181 43.8 N/A
SNP Lloyd Quinan 10,423 30.0 N/A
Conservative Donald Reece 5,060 14.6 N/A
Liberal Democrats Paul Coleshill 4,035 11.6 N/A
Majority 4,758 13.7 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

Notes and references

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