Strathkelvin and Bearsden (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Strathkelvin and Bearsden 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.

Strathkelvin and Bearsden
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Strathkelvin and Bearsden shown within the West Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
PartyScottish National Party
MSPRona Mackay
Council areaEast Dunbartonshire

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 Renfrewshire South.

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 Strathkelvin and Bearsden 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 rest of East Dunbartonshire is represented by the Clydebank and Milngavie constituency.

For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election the boundaries of the seat were altered to include the following electoral wards:

Member of the Scottish Parliament

1999 Sam Galbraith Labour
2003 Jean Turner Independent
2007 David Whitton Labour
2011 Fiona McLeod SNP
2016 Rona Mackay

Election results

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Rona Mackay 17,060 43.5 +1.3
Conservative Andrew Polson 8,960 22.9 +9.7
Labour Margaret Mccarthy 8,288 21.1 -15.8
Liberal Democrats Katy Gordon 4,880 12.5 +4.7
Majority 8,100 20.6 +15.3
Turnout 39,188 62.6 +6.2
SNP hold Swing
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Fiona McLeod 14,258 42.2 N/A
Labour David Whitton 12,456 36.9 N/A
Conservative Stephen Fraser 4,438 13.1 N/A
Liberal Democrats Gordon Macdonald 2,600 7.7 N/A
Majority 1,802 5.3 N/A
Turnout 33,752 56.4 N/A
SNP win (new boundaries)
2007 Scottish Parliament election: Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Whitton 11,396 31.1 +1.2
SNP Robin Easton 8,008 21.9 +8.2
Independent Jean Turner 6,742 18.4 -12.7
Conservative Stephanie Fraser 5,178 14.2 +2.8
Liberal Democrats Cathy McInnes 4,658 12.7 -1.3
Scottish Christian Bob Handyside 613 1.7 N/A
Majority 3,388 9.3
Turnout 36,595 60.6
Labour gain from Independent Swing
2003 Scottish Parliament election: Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Jean Turner 10,988 31.1 +12.9
Labour Brian Fitzpatrick 10,550 29.9 -20.9
Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson 4,950 14.0 +4.2
SNP Fiona McLeod 4,846 13.7 - 8.4
Conservative Rory O'Brien 4,002 11.3 - 5.0
Independent gain from Labour Swing
Scottish Parliament by-election, 2001: Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Fitzpatrick 15,401 37.0 -13.0
Independent Jean Turner 7,572 18.2 N/A
Liberal Democrats John Morrison 7,147 17.2 +7.4
SNP Janet Law 6,457 15.5 -6.6
Conservative Charles Ferguson 5,037 12.1 -4.3
Labour hold Swing
1999 Scottish Parliament election: Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sam Galbraith 21,505 50.7 N/A
SNP Fiona McLeod 9,384 22.1 N/A
Conservative Charles Ferguson 6,934 16.4 N/A
Liberal Democrats Anne Howarth 4,144 9.8 N/A
Anti-Drug Maxi Richards 423 1.0 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

Notes and references

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