Rutherglen and Hamilton West (UK Parliament constituency)
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|Rutherglen and Hamilton West|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Rutherglen and Hamilton West in Scotland
|Subdivisions of Scotland||South Lanarkshire|
|Major settlements||Blantyre, Burnside, Cambuslang, Newton, Rutherglen|
|Member of Parliament||Margaret Ferrier (Scottish National Party)|
|Created from||Glasgow Rutherglen and Hamilton South|
Rutherglen and Hamilton West is a burgh constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which was created for the 2005 general election. It covers almost all of the former constituency of Glasgow Rutherglen and most of the former constituency of Hamilton South, and it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election. The current MP is Margaret Ferrier of the Scottish National Party (SNP), who won the seat at the 2019 snap general election. She had previously held the seat from 2015 to 2017.
The Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency covers part of the South Lanarkshire council area. The rest of the council area is covered by the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency, the East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow and the Lanark and Hamilton East constituency. The Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency also covers part of the Dumfries and Galloway council area and part of the South Borders council area.
The seat contains significant commuter areas into the city of Glasgow, with trains being as short as 15 minutes away from the city centre. Like much of Greater Glasgow, the constituency contains a diverse range of economic profiles. The eastern edge of the constituency is largely dominated by prosperous, middle class suburban homes in Hamilton north and east and certain parts of Blantyre while the northern and western areas of the constituency have more areas of deprivation, such as Hillhouse. The seat itself contains a slightly higher than average proportion of remain voters at 62% and an average amount of no voters at 55%, making the seat an important Scottish bellwether. Historically dominated by Labour, the SNP gained the seat for the first time in their 2015 landslide and regained it in their 2019 landslide. The Conservatives have also made some inroads in the more prospourous areas within the seat, but not to the same level as the neighbouring constituency Lanark and Hamilton East.
Members of Parliament
|2005||Tommy McAvoy||Scottish Labour and Co-operative|
|2015||Margaret Ferrier||Scottish National Party|
|2017||Gerard Killen||Scottish Labour and Co-operative|
|2019||Margaret Ferrier||Scottish National Party|
Elections in the 2010s
|Labour Co-op||Gerard Killen||18,545||34.5||-3.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Mark McGeever||2,791||5.2||+1.0|
|SNP gain from Labour Co-op||Swing||+5.1|
This was the largest increase in UKIP vote share at the 2019 general election.
|Labour Co-op||Gerard Killen||19,101||37.5||+2.3|
|Conservative||Ann Le Blond||9,941||19.5||+12.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Robert Brown||2,158||4.2||+2.4|
|Labour Co-op gain from SNP||Swing||+8.9|
|Labour Co-op||Tom Greatrex||20,304||35.2||-25.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Tony Hughes||1,045||1.8||-10.2|
|SNP gain from Labour Co-op||Swing||+31.1|
|Labour Co-op||Tom Greatrex||28,566||60.8||+5.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Ian Robertson||5,636||12.0||-6.4|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||+1.5|
Elections in the 2000s
|Labour Co-op||Tommy McAvoy||24,054||55.6||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Ian Robertson||7,942||18.4||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||Bill Bonnar||1,164||2.7||N/A|
|Labour Co-op win (new seat)|
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