Renfrewshire South (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Renfrewshire South is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. It also forms 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.

Renfrewshire South
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Renfrewshire South shown within the West Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
MSPTom Arthur
Council areaRenfrewshire
East Renfrewshire

The constituency was created for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election largely from the former West Renfrewshire constituency, the majority of which went on to form Renfrewshire North and West.

Constituency boundaries and council area

Renfrewshire is represented in the Scottish Parliament by three constituencies: Paisley, Renfrewshire North and West and Renfrewshire South. While the rest of East Renfrewshire is represented by the Eastwood constituency.

The Renfrewshire South constituency was formed from the following electoral wards:

Constituency profile

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This is a new constituency, created in 2011, whose towns and villages grew up around housing estates formed during the industrial revolution. Its industry of old consisted of small-scale coal mining and larger-scale thread and cotton factories powered by the Black Cart Water, running north of Johnstone.

The seat has within its boundaries the villages of Elderslie - which is reputed to be the birthplace of Sir William Wallace - and Kilbarchan where Scottish political activist Mary Barbour was born. She led the Glasgow rent strike of 1915 and later became the city's first woman councillor.

Member of the Scottish Parliament

2011 Hugh Henry Labour
2016 Tom Arthur SNP

Election results

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Renfrewshire South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Tom Arthur 14,272 48.1 +9.6
Labour Paul O'Kane 9,864 33.2 -14.8
Conservative Ann Le Blond 4,752 16.0 +5.2
Liberal Democrats Tristan Gray 793 2.7 +0.1
Majority 4,408 14.9 +5.3
Turnout 29,681 60.1 +6.8
SNP gain from Labour Swing
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Renfrewshire South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hugh Henry 12,943 48.1 -2.9
SNP Andrew Doig 10,356 38.5 +7.9
Conservative Alistair Campbell 2,917 10.8 -1.7
Liberal Democrats Gordon Anderson 702 2.6 -1.7
Majority 2,587 9.6
Turnout 26,918 53.3
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Renfrewshire South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 14,838 51.0
SNP 8,902 30.6
Conservative 3,646 12.5
Liberal Democrats 1,251 4.3
Others 459 1.6
Majority 5,936 20.4
Labour hold Swing

Electoral region

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

Notes and references

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