Coatbridge and Chryston
Burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Coatbridge and Chryston (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Central Scotland 2011 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Coatbridge and Chryston shown within the Central Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Population72,162 (2019)[1]
Current constituency
Created1999
PartyScottish National Party
MSPFulton MacGregor
Council areaNorth Lanarkshire

Coatbridge and Chryston (Gaelic: Coatbridge agus Chryston) is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament covering part of the council area of North Lanarkshire. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. It is also one of nine constituencies in the Central Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

The seat has been held by Fulton MacGregor of the Scottish National Party since the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

Electoral region

See also: Central Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region)

The other eight constituencies of the Central Scotland region are Airdrie and Shotts, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, East Kilbride, Falkirk East, Falkirk West, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Motherwell and Wishaw and Uddingston and Bellshill.

The region covers all of the Falkirk council area, all of the North Lanarkshire council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council areas

The 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, Scottish Westminster (House of Commons) constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.[2]

The Holyrood constituency is one of four covering the North Lanarkshire council area, the others being Airdrie and Shotts, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, and Motherwell and Wishaw; Uddingston and Bellshill spans parts of both North and South Lanarkshire. All five are within the Central Scotland electoral region.

Following the Boundary Review the electoral wards used in the creation of Coatbridge and Chryston are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
1999 Elaine Smith Labour
2016 Fulton MacGregor SNP

Election results

2020s

2021 Scottish Parliament election: Coatbridge and Chryston[3][4]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Fulton MacGregor[a] 20,577 57.5 Increase9.5 18,191 50.8 Increase2.3
Labour Michael McPake 11,140 31.1 Decrease3.6 8,724 24.3 Decrease5.2
Conservative Gordon Macdonald 3,028 8.5 Decrease1.6 4,546 12.7 Increase1.4
Green 2,125 5.9 Increase1.2
Alba 684 1.9 New
Liberal Democrats Mhairi Macdonald 622 1.7 Increase0.2 534 1.5 Increase0.3
All for Unity 248 0.7 New
Scottish Family Leo Lanahan 411 1.1 New 240 0.7 New
Independent Green Voice 220 0.7 New
Abolish the Scottish Parliament 76 0.2 New
Libertarian 62 0.2 New
Freedom Alliance 54 0.2 New
Reform UK 47 0.1 New
Independent Paddy Hogg 43 0.1 New
UKIP 35 0.1 Decrease1.7
Majority 9,437 26.4 Increase13.1
Valid Votes 35,778 35,829
Invalid Votes 113 75
Turnout 35,891 63.2 Increase9.8 35,904 63.2 Increase9.8
SNP hold Swing
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency

2010s

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Coatbridge and Chryston[5][6]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Fulton MacGregor 13,605 48.0 Increase7.5 13,775 48.5 Increase7.0
Labour Elaine Smith 9,826 34.7 Decrease17.5 8,369 29.5 Decrease12.6
Conservative Robyn Halbert 2,868 10.1 Increase4.4 3,201 11.3 Increase6.5
Green John Wilson 1,612 5.7 New 1,347 4.7 Increase2.7
UKIP 503 2.7 Increase1.4
Solidarity 394 1.4 Increase1.0
Liberal Democrats Jenni Lang 423 1.5 Decrease0.1 353 1.2 Increase0.1
RISE 184 0.6 New
Scottish Christian 219 0.8 Decrease0.8
Independent Deryck Beaumont 34 0.1 New
Majority 3,779 13.3 N/A
Valid Votes 28,334 28,379
Invalid Votes 73 34
Turnout 28,407 53.4 Increase7.6 28,413 53.4 Increase7.7
SNP gain from Labour Swing Increase12.6
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Coatbridge and Chryston[7]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Smith 12,161 52.2 N/A 9,805 42.1 N/A
SNP John Wilson 9,420 40.5 N/A 9,675 41.5 N/A
Conservative Jason Lingiah 1,317 5.7 N/A 1,123 4.8 N/A
All-Scotland Pensioners Party 525 2.3 N/A
Green 463 2.0 N/A
Scottish Christian 364 1.6 N/A
Socialist Labour 342 1.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Rod Ackland 381 1.6 N/A 247 1.1 N/A
BNP 219 0.9 N/A
Scottish Socialist 119 0.5 N/A
Solidarity 90 0.4 N/A
Independent Hugh O'Donnell 85 0.4 N/A
UKIP 72 0.3 N/A
Others 183 0.8 N/A
Majority 2,741 11.7 N/A
Valid Votes 23,279 23,312
Invalid Votes 105 76
Turnout 23,279 45.7 N/A 23,388 45.7 N/A
Labour win (new boundaries)
Notes

2000s

2007 Scottish Parliament election: Coatbridge and Chryston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Smith 11,860 46.1 -10.1
SNP Frances McGlinchey 7,350 28.6 +8.3
Conservative Ross Thomson 2,305 9.0 +0.5
Independent Julie McAnulty 1,843 7.2 New
Liberal Democrats Doreen Nisbet 1,519 5.9 -1.0
Scottish Voice Gaille McCann 848 3.3 New
Majority 4,510 17.5 -18.4
Turnout 25,725 47.3 +1.0
Labour hold Swing -9.2
2003 Scottish Parliament election: Coatbridge and Chryston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Smith 13,422 56.25 -3.10
SNP James Gribben 4,851 20.33 -4.57
Conservative Donald Reece 2,041 8.55 -0.94
Scottish Socialist Gordon Martin 1,911 8.01 N/A
Liberal Democrats Doreen Nisbit 1,637 6.86 +0.60
Majority 8,571 35.92 +1.47
Turnout 23,862 46.32 -11.56
Labour hold Swing

1990s

1999 Scottish Parliament election: Coatbridge and Chryston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Smith 17,923 59.35 N/A
SNP Peter Kearney 7,519 24.90 N/A
Conservative Gordon Lind 2,867 9.49 N/A
Liberal Democrats Jane Hook 1,889 6.26 N/A
Majority 10,404 34.45 N/A
Turnout 30,198 57.88 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

Notes

  1. ^ Scottish Parliamentary Constituency (SPC) Population Estimates (2011 Data Zone based), National Records of Scotland; retrieved 6 May 2021 (accompanying summary notes)
  2. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland Archived September 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Constituencies A-Z | Coatbridge & Chryston, BBC News; retrieved 7 May 2021
  4. ^ "Scottish Parliament Elections 6 May 2021". North Lanarkshire Council. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Central Scotland – 2016 Results and 2021 Candidates". Ballot Box Scotland. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Results and turnout at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election". The Electoral Commission. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Results and turnout at the 2011 Scottish Parliament election". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 June 2021.