Eastwood
county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Eastwood (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
West Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Eastwood shown within the West Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Population71,066 (2019)[1]
Current constituency
Created1999
PartyConservative
MSPJackson Carlaw
Council areaEast Renfrewshire

Eastwood is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) covering part of the council area of East Renfrewshire. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. It is also one of ten constituencies in the West Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to the ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

The seat has been held by Jackson Carlaw of the Scottish Conservatives since the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

Electoral region

See also: West Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region)

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

Constituency boundaries and council area

The Eastwood 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 name of the Westminster (House of Commons) constituency was changed to East Renfrewshire.[2]

In boundary changes in time for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the constituency of Eastwood was redrawn to be formed from the following electoral wards:

Constituency profile

The Eastwood constituency is a highly affluent, middle-class commuter seat located south-west of Glasgow. It covers a majority of the East Renfrewshire council area, based principally around the towns of Newton Mearns, Eaglesham, Giffnock, Thornliebank, Netherlee, Busby and Clarkston which adjoin the City of Glasgow. According to data derived from the Scottish Index for Multiple Deprivation 60% of the seat's datazones are among the 10% most affluent areas in Scotland, with a further 15% of the seat's datazones being among the 20% most affluent areas in Scotland.[3]

Data from the 2011 Scottish Census suggests that the seat has a substantial number of home-owners residing in large bungalows in comparison to the national average,[4] with large portion of the seat's working population being employed in managerial, administrative and professional occupations.[5]

Member of the Scottish Parliament

The MSP for this constituency from its creation in 1999 was Ken Macintosh of Labour. In the 2016 election, Macintosh lost the seat, finishing third behind the Conservative victor Jackson Carlaw; however, he was returned as an MSP for the West Scotland electoral region, following which he was elected as the Scottish Parliament's fifth Presiding Officer.

Election Member Party
1999 Ken Macintosh Labour
2016 Jackson Carlaw Conservative

Election results

2020s

2021 Scottish Parliament election: Eastwood[6]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
Conservative Jackson Carlaw[a] 17,911 41.9 Increase6.2 15,369 35.9 Decrease2.5
SNP Colm Merrick 15,695 36.8 Increase5.6 12,433 29.0 Decrease0.4
Labour Katie Pragnell 6,759 15.8 Decrease14.8 8,449 19.7 Decrease0.3
Green 3,524 8.2 Increase1.6
Independent David Macdonald 1,352 3.2 New
Liberal Democrats Tahir Jameel 911 2.1 Decrease0.4 1,243 2.9 Increase0.2
Alba 502 1.2 New
All for Unity 354 0.8 New
Scottish Family 307 0.7 New
Independent Green Voice 232 0.5 New
Abolish the Scottish Parliament 91 0.2 New
Freedom Alliance 71 0.2 New
Reform UK 64 0.1 New
Independent James Morrison 43 0.1 New
Libertarian 42 0.1 Decrease0.1
UKIP Janice MacKay 75 0.2 New 41 0.1 Decrease1.2
Independent Maurice Campbell 27 0.1 New
TUSC 26 0.1 New
Scotia Future 12 0.0 New
Renew 10 0.0 New
Majority 2,216 5.1 Increase0.6
Valid Votes 42,703 42,840
Invalid Votes 141 85
Turnout 42,844 76.4 Increase7.9 42,925 76.6 Increase8.0
Conservative hold Swing Increase0.8
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency

This was the smallest Conservative majority at the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.

2010s

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Eastwood[7]
Party Candidate Constituency Region
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
Conservative Jackson Carlaw[a] 12,932 35.7 Increase2.3 13,929 38.3 Increase11.4
SNP Stewart Maxwell[a] 11,322 31.2 Increase6.9 10,680 29.4 Decrease5.0
Labour Ken Macintosh[b] 11,081 30.6 Decrease9.1 7,263 20.0 Decrease7.3
Green 2,390 6.6 Increase2.9
Liberal Democrats John Duncan 921 2.5 Decrease0.1 999 2.7 Increase0.1
UKIP 458 1.3 Increase0.7
Scottish Christian 286 0.1 Increase0.1
Solidarity 135 0.4 Increase0.2
RISE 129 0.4 New
Libertarian 60 0.2 New
Majority 1,610 4.5 N/A
Valid Votes 36,256 36,329
Invalid Votes 116 58
Turnout 36,372 68.5 Increase5.1 36,387 68.5 Increase5.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Notes
  1. ^ a b Incumbent member on the party list, or for another constituency
  2. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Eastwood[8]
Party Candidate Constituency Region
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
Labour Ken Macintosh[a] 12,662 39.7 N/A 8,708 27.3 N/A
SNP Stewart Maxwell[b] 7,777 24.3 N/A 10,967 34.4 N/A
Conservative Jackson Carlaw[b] 10,650 33.4 N/A 8,584 26.9 N/A
Green 1,170 3.7 N/A
Liberal Democrats Gordon Cochrane 835 2.6 N/A 906 2.8 N/A
All-Scotland Pensioners Party 365 1.1 N/A
Scottish Christian 234 0.7 N/A
BNP 195 0.6 N/A
UKIP 194 0.6 N/A
Socialist Labour 189 0.6 N/A
Scottish Socialist 95 0.3 N/A
Solidarity 41 0.1 N/A
Independent Richard Vassie 24 0.1 N/A
Others 201 0.6 N/A
Majority 2,012 6.3 N/A
Valid Votes 31,924 31,873
Invalid Votes 98 100
Turnout 31,924 63.4 N/A 31,973 63.3 N/A
Labour win (new boundaries)
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency
  2. ^ a b Incumbent member on the party list, or for another constituency

2000s

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Eastwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 12,825 41.1
Labour 9,337 29.9
SNP 4,912 15.7
Liberal Democrats 3,141 10.1
Others 986 3.2
Majority 3,488 11.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing


Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Eastwood [9]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
Labour Green tickY Kenneth Macintosh 15,077 35.76 −0.10 12,365 29.41
Conservative Jackson Carlaw 14,186 33.64 +7.30 11,470 27.28
SNP Stewart Maxwell 7,972 18.91 +6.73 9,460 22.50
Liberal Democrats Gordon MacDonald 3,603 8.55 −4.45 3,332 7.92
Independent Frank McGee 1,327 3.15 +3.15
Green   1,515 3.60
Scottish Senior Citizens   737 1.75
Solidarity   631 1.50
BNP   505 1.20
CPA   502 1.19
Scottish Christian   500 1.19
Save Our NHS Group 376 0.89
Scottish Unionist Party (modern)   156 0.37
Scottish Socialist   143 0.34
Socialist Labour   126 0.30
UKIP   112 0.27
Scottish Voice   56 0.13
Scottish Jacobite   50 0.12
Socialist Equality   12 0.03
Informal votes 990 1,107
Total Valid votes 42,165 42,048
Turnout 43,155
Labour hold Majority 891 2.11 −.41
2003 Scottish Parliament election: Eastwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kenneth Macintosh 13,946 35.9 −1.5
Conservative Jackson Carlaw 10,244 26.3 −6.4
Liberal Democrats Allan Steele 5,056 13.0 +3.2
SNP Stewart Maxwell 4,736 12.2 −7.1
Independent Margaret Hinds 3,163 8.1 New
Scottish Socialist Steve Oram 1,504 3.8 New
Scottish People's Martyn Greene 240 0.6 New
Majority 3,702 9.6 +4.9
Turnout 38,889 58.0 −9.5
Labour hold Swing

1990s

1999 Scottish Parliament election: Eastwood
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Kenneth Macintosh 16,970 37.4
Conservative John Young 14,845 32.7
SNP Rachel Findlay 8,760 19.3
Liberal Democrats Anna McCurley 4,472 9.9
Independent Manar Tayan 349 0.8
Majority 2,125 4.68
Turnout 45,396 59.5
Labour win (new seat)

Notes

References

  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 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Scottish Government (11 July 2013). "Eastwood". www.gov.scot.
  4. ^ "Standard Outputs - Census Data Explorer - Scotland's Census - Log in". www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk.
  5. ^ "Standard Outputs - Census Data Explorer - Scotland's Census - Log in". www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk.
  6. ^ "Scottish parliamentary elections 2021". East Renfrewshire Council. 8 May 2021. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Scottish parliamentary elections 2016". East Renfrewshire Council. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Results and turnout at the 2011 Scottish Parliament election". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  9. ^ Sub-constituency election results for the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections - data- Scotland Office; 30 April 2008; retrieved 5 April 2011