Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Central Scotland 2011 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth shown within the Central Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Population64,322 (2019)[1]
Current constituency
Created2011
PartyScottish National Party
MSPJamie Hepburn
Council areaNorth Lanarkshire

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) 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 Jamie Hepburn of the Scottish National Party since the 2011 Scottish Parliament election.

Electoral region

See also: Central Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region)

The other eight constituencies of the Central Scotland Scottish Parliament region are Airdrie and Shotts, Coatbridge and Chryston, 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 area

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] Holyrood constituencies were themselves reviewed ahead of the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, however Cumbernauld and Kilsyth was left unaltered, being the only mainland seat to remain unchanged during this review.[3]

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

The electoral wards used in the creation of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
1999 Cathie Craigie Labour
2011 Jamie Hepburn SNP

Election results

2020s

2021 Scottish Parliament election: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth[4][5][6]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Jamie Hepburn[a] 19,633 58.6 Decrease1.5 16,592 49.5 Decrease2.9
Labour Mark Griffin[b] 9,792 29.2 Increase2.6 7,787 23.2 Decrease0.4
Conservative Haroun Malik 3,375 10.1 Decrease0.7 4,679 13.9 Increase1.8
Green 2,260 6.7 Increase1.7
Liberal Democrats Elaine Ford 678 2.0 Decrease0.4 575 1.7 Decrease0.2
Alba 568 1.7 New
All for Unity 258 0.8 New
Scottish Family 257 0.8 New
Independent Green Voice 198 0.6 New
Independent Paddy Hogg 86 0.3 New
Freedom Alliance 78 0.2 New
Abolish the Scottish Parliament 68 0.2 New
Reform UK 54 0.2 New
Libertarian 48 0.1 New
UKIP 38 0.1 Decrease1.9
Majority 9,841 29.4 Decrease4.1
Valid Votes 33,478 33,546
Invalid Votes 115 52
Turnout 33,593 65.3 Increase8.5 33,598 65.3 Increase8.4
SNP hold Swing
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency
  2. ^ Incumbent member on the party list, or for another constituency

2010s

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth[7][8]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Jamie Hepburn 17,015 60.1 Increase6.3 14,863 52.4 Increase1.2
Labour Mark Griffin 7,537 26.6 Decrease13.5 6,683 23.6 Decrease10.6
Conservative Anthony Newman 3,068 10.8 Increase6.2 3,441 12.1 Increase8.0
Green 1,431 5.0 Increase2.7
UKIP 579 2.0 Increase1.7
Liberal Democrats Irene Lang 688 2.4 Increase0.9 541 1.9 Increase0.8
RISE 265 0.9 New
Solidarity 263 0.9 Increase0.7
Scottish Christian 255 0.9 Decrease0.5
Independent Deryck Beaumont 51 0.2 New
Majority 9,478 33.5 Increase19.8
Valid Votes 28,308 28,372
Invalid Votes 93 58
Turnout 28,401 56.8 Increase4.1 28,430 56.9 Increase4.5
SNP hold Swing Increase9.9
Notes
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth[9]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Jamie Hepburn 13,595 53.8 N/A 12,873 51.2 N/A
Labour Cathie Craigie 10,136 40.1 N/A 8,607 34.2 N/A
Conservative James Boswell 1,156 4.6 N/A 1,021 4.1 N/A
All-Scotland Pensioners Party 577 2.3 N/A
Green 577 2.3 N/A
Scottish Christian 363 1.4 N/A
Liberal Democrats Martin Oliver 367 1.5 N/A 270 1.1 N/A
BNP 207 0.8 N/A
Independent Hugh O'Donnell 156 0.6 N/A
Socialist Labour 101 0.4 N/A
Scottish Socialist 97 0.4 N/A
UKIP 85 0.3 N/A
Solidarity 42 0.2 N/A
Others 160 0.6 N/A
Majority 3,459 13.7 N/A
Valid Votes 25,254 25,136
Invalid Votes 69 55
Turnout 25,323 52.7 N/A 25,191 52.5 N/A
SNP win (new boundaries)
Notes

2000s

2007 Scottish Parliament election: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cathie Craigie 12,672 48.0 +6.4
SNP Jamie Hepburn 10,593 40.2 +0.8
Liberal Democrats Hugh O'Donnell 1,670 6.3 +1.1
Conservative Anne Harding 1,447 5.5 +1.5
Majority 2,079 7.8 +5.6
Rejected ballots 803 3.0
Turnout 26,382 53.6 +3.5
Labour hold Swing -2.8
2003 Scottish Parliament election: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cathie Craigie 10,146 41.6 -8.0
SNP Andrew Wilson 9,626 39.4 +3.7
Scottish Socialist Kenny McEwan 1,823 7.5 +3.9
Liberal Democrats Hugh O'Donnell 1,264 5.2 -1.4
Conservative Margaret McCulloch 978 4.0 -0.5
Independent Christopher Donohue 567 2.3 New
Majority 520 2.2 -11.7
Turnout 24,404 50.1 -11.9
Labour hold Swing

1990s

1999 Scottish Parliament election: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cathie Craigie 15,182 49.6 N/A
SNP Andrew Wilson 10,923 35.7 N/A
Liberal Democrats Hugh O'Donnell 2,029 6.6 N/A
Conservative Robin Slack 1,362 4.5 N/A
Scottish Socialist Kenny McEwan 1,116 3.6 N/A
Majority 4,259 13.9 N/A
Turnout 30,612 62.0 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

Footnotes

  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. ^ "The New Scottish Parliament Constituencies 2011" (PDF). BBC News online. 8 September 2010. p. 2. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Central Scotland Region: Notice of Poll and Statement of Persons Nominated". North Lanarkshire Council. 31 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  5. ^ Constituencies A-Z | Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, BBC News; retrieved 8 May 2021
  6. ^ "Scottish Parliament Elections 6 May 2021". North Lanarkshire Council. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Central Scotland – 2016 Results and 2021 Candidates". Ballot Box Scotland. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Results and turnout at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election". The Electoral Commission. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Results and turnout at the 2011 Scottish Parliament election". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 June 2021.