Glasgow Kelvin
burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Glasgow Kelvin shown within the Glasgow electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Population93,212 (2019)[1]
Current constituency
Created1999
PartyScottish National Party
MSPKaukab Stewart
Council areaGlasgow City

Glasgow Kelvin is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the Glasgow 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.

Electoral region

See also: Glasgow (Scottish Parliament electoral region)

The other eight constituencies of the Glasgow region are Glasgow Anniesland, Glasgow Cathcart, Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, Glasgow Pollok, Glasgow Provan, Glasgow Shettleston, Glasgow Southside and Rutherglen.

The region covers the Glasgow City council area and a north-western portion of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries

The original Glasgow Kelvin 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.

Boundary review

Following its First Periodic review into Scottish Parliament constituencies, a newly shaped Kelvin was formed in time for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election. The Glasgow City Council electoral wards used in the creation of the new Glasgow Kelvin seat are:

Constituency profile

Glasgow city centre is in this constituency, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the cathedral, and the SEC Centre. All three of Glasgow's universities are here as well, making it reputedly the most educated constituency in Scotland; the large student population is an important factor in elections. It is also home to the Merchant City: described as 'yuppie housing', it was built out of the disused cotton and tobacco warehouses. This area is a symbol of the rebirth of the city, and Kelvin is arguably the most affluent constituency in Glasgow, although it also includes more deprived areas.[2]

History

The predecessor to the Westminster constituency seat, Glasgow Hillhead, was the last Conservative seat in the city until Roy Jenkins won it for the Social Democratic Party at a by-election in 1982. He held it in 1983 general election but it was taken by Labour's George Galloway in 1987.

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
1999 Pauline McNeill Labour
2011 Sandra White SNP
2021 Kaukab Stewart

Election results

Elections in the 2020s

2021 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Kelvin[3][4]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Kaukab Stewart 14,535 40.3 Increase1.8 14,227 39.4 Increase2.8
Green Patrick Harvie[a] 9,077 25.2 Increase0.9 7,568 21.0 Increase0.7
Labour Pam Duncan-Glancy[b] 8,605 23.9 Increase2.9 7,279 20.2 Increase1.3
Conservative Grahame Cannell 2,850 7.9 Decrease3.9 3,910 10.8 Decrease2.2
Liberal Democrats David McKenzie 977 2.7 Decrease1.0 1,049 2.9 Decrease0.4
Alba 613 1.7 N/A
Independent Green Voice 256 0.7 N/A
All for Unity 254 0.7 N/A
Scottish Family 179 0.5 N/A
Women's Equality 145 0.4 Decrease1.6
Freedom Alliance 136 0.4 N/A
Communist 103 0.3 N/A
Reform UK 78 0.2 N/A
TUSC 77 0.2 N/A
Libertarian 57 0.2 N/A
Abolish the Scottish Parliament 56 0.2 N/A
Independent Craig Ross 26 0.1 N/A
Reclaim 25 0.1 N/A
UKIP 25 0.1 Decrease1.2
SDP 21 0.1 N/A
Independent Daniel Donaldson 12 0.03 N/A
Renew 8 0.02 N/A
Majority 5,458 15.1 Increase0.9
Valid Votes 36,044 36,104
Invalid Votes 185 96
Turnout 36,229 54.54 Increase8.6 36,200 54.50 Increase8.6
SNP hold Swing Increase0.5
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member on the party list, or for another constituency
  2. ^ Elected on the party list

Elections in the 2010s

In 2016 the Scottish Greens overtook Scottish Labour to take second place in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency on the constituency element of the vote. This was their best ever first past the post election result, with party co-convenor Patrick Harvie finishing behind the SNP's Sandra White by 14.2% of the vote.

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Kelvin[5][6][7]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Sandra White[a] 10,964 38.5 Decrease4.8 10,416 36.6 Decrease0.6
Green Patrick Harvie[b] 6,916 24.3 N/A 5,760 20.2 Increase4.8
Labour Michael Shanks 5,968 21.0 Decrease18.8 5,373 18.9 Decrease8.1
Conservative Sheila Mechan 3,346 11.8 Increase4.2 3,701 13.0 Increase6.0
Liberal Democrats Carole Ford 1,050 3.7 Decrease4.0 945 3.3 Decrease1.6
Independent Tom Muirhead 198 0.7 Decrease1.0
Women's Equality 573 2.0 New
RISE 506 1.8 New
UKIP 367 1.3 Increase1.0
Solidarity 234 0.8 New
Animal Welfare 231 0.8 New
A Better Britain – Unionist Party 160 0.6 New
Scottish Christian 158 0.6 Decrease0.1
Independent Andrew McCullagh 40 0.1 New
Majority 4,048 14.2 Increase10.6
Valid Votes 28,442 28,464
Invalid Votes 113 87
Turnout 28,555 45.9 Increase5.8 28,551 45.9 Increase5.8
SNP hold Swing Decrease14.6
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency
  2. ^ Incumbent member on the party list, or for another constituency
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Kelvin[8][5]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Sandra White[a] 10,640 43.3 N/A 8,867 35.9 N/A
Labour Pauline McNeill[b] 9,758 39.8 N/A 6,662 27.0 N/A
Green 3,820 15.5 N/A
Conservative Ruth Davidson[c] 1,845 7.5 N/A 1,732 7.0 N/A
Liberal Democrats Natalie McKee 1,900 7.7 N/A 1,225 5.0 N/A
Respect 985 4.0 N/A
Independent Tom Muirhead 405 1.6 N/A
Scottish Socialist 247 1.0 N/A
All-Scotland Pensioners Party 204 0.8 N/A
Socialist Labour 187 0.8 N/A
Scottish Christian 160 0.6 N/A
UKIP 160 0.6 N/A
BNP 157 0.6 N/A
Pirate 136 0.6 N/A
Scottish Unionist 74 0.3 N/A
Independent Caroline Johnstone 34 0.1 N/A
Scottish Homeland Party 19 0.1 N/A
Majority 882 3.6 N/A
Valid Votes 24,548 24,669
Invalid Votes 246 135
Turnout 24,794 40.1 N/A 24,804 40.1 N/A
SNP win (new boundaries)
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member on the party list, or for another constituency
  2. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency
  3. ^ Elected on the party list

Elections in the 2000s

2007 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Kelvin
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Pauline McNeill 7,875 33.5 -2.2
SNP Sandra White 6,668 28.4 +7.6
Green Martin Bartos 2,971 12.6 N/A
Liberal Democrats Katy Gordon 2,843 12.1 -3.0
Conservative Brian Cooklin 1,943 8.3 +0.1
Independent Niall Walker 744 3.2 N/A
Scottish Christian Isobel Macleod 456 1.9 N/A
Majority 1,207 5.1 -9.8
Turnout 23,500 42.7 +3.3
Labour hold Swing
2003 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Kelvin
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Pauline McNeill 7,880 35.7 −9.1
SNP Sandra White 4,591 20.8 −8.5
Liberal Democrats Douglas Herbison 3,334 15.1 +2.0
Scottish Socialist Andy Harvey 3,159 14.3 +9.5
Conservative Gawaine Towler 1,816 8.2 +0.3
Independent Green Voice Alistair McConnachie 1,300 5.9 N/A
Majority 3,289 14.9 -0.6
Turnout 22,080 39.4 -6.7
Labour hold Swing
1999 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Kelvin
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Pauline McNeill 12,711 44.8
SNP Sandra White 8,303 29.3
Liberal Democrats Moira Craig 3,720 13.1
Conservative Assad Rasul 2,253 7.9
Scottish Socialist Heather Ritchie 1,375 4.8
Majority 4,408 15.5
Turnout 28,362 46.1
Labour win (new seat)

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Scottish Parliamentary Constituency (SPC) Population Estimates (2011 Data Zone based), National Records of Scotland; retrieved 6 May 2021 (accompanying summary notes)
  2. ^ Ferguson, Laura (23 April 2021). "Glasgow Kelvin: Everything you need to know about your area in this election". GlasgowLive. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Election Results". Glasgow City Council. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  4. ^ Constituencies A-Z | Glasgow Kelvin, BBC News; retrieved 8 May 2021
  5. ^ a b "Scottish Results". Glasgow City Council. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Kelvin Constituency Election Region Results". Glasgow City Council. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Glasgow Kelvin - Scottish Parliament constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Region Results for Glasgow Kelvin (2011)". Glasgow City Council. Retrieved 20 August 2021.