Glasgow Southside
burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Glasgow Southside (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Glasgow (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Glasgow Southside shown within the Glasgow electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Population70,916 (2019)[1]
Current constituency
Created2011
PartyScottish National Party
MSPNicola Sturgeon
Council areaGlasgow City

Glasgow Southside is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood), being one of eight constituencies within the Glasgow City council area. 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 Glasgow electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to the nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole. It is currently the constituency of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has held it for the Scottish National Party since the seat was created for 2011 Scottish Parliament election.

Electoral region

See also: Glasgow (Scottish Parliament electoral region)

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

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

Constituency boundaries and council areas

The electoral wards used in the creation of Southside were:[2]

Member of the Scottish Parliament

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has represented the constituency since its creation in 2011 election. She was previously an MSP for the Glasgow regional list from 1999 to 2007, and Glasgow Govan between 2007 and 2011 until the abolition of that constituency.

Constituency profile

The constituency has attracted a high amount media interest over the years due to its status as the constituency of the First Minister. A profile in The Scotsman described it as, "one of Scotland’s most diverse constituencies. It takes in the gated mansions of Pollokshields as well as Ibrox and Govan, which once teemed with shipyard workers. It takes in Strathbungo, with its Greek Thomson terraces as well as the Gorbals, a former melting pot of Irish, Italian and Jewish immigration."[3]

Problems with slum landlords, vermin and refuse collections have been highlighted as particular issues in the area.[4] During the 2021 Scottish Parliament election, Glasgow City Council were accused of dispatching cleaners to the constituency to spruce it up prior to press events in the area.[5]

Election Member Party
2011 Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

Elections

2020s

2021 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Southside[6][7][8]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Nicola Sturgeon[a] 19,735 60.2 Decrease1.2 13,661 41.6 Decrease3.7
Labour Co-op Anas Sarwar[b][c] 10,279 31.3 Increase8.4 7,729 23.5 Increase3.6
Green 6,063 18.4 Increase4.8
Conservative Kyle Thornton 1,790 5.5 Decrease6.9 2,901 8.8 Decrease2.8
Alba 636 1.9 New
Liberal Democrats Carole Ford 504 1.5 Decrease1.8 575 1.7 Decrease0.3
Independent Green Voice 295 0.9 New
All for Unity 223 0.7 New
Scottish Family 161 0.5 New
No label Greg Energy Adviser 147 0.4 New
Liberal Derek Jackson 102 0.3 New
Freedom Alliance Carol Dobson 204 0.6 New 99 0.3 New
TUSC 95 0.3 New
Women's Equality 88 0.3 Decrease 0.6
Communist 81 0.3 New
Libertarian 52 0.2 New
Abolish the Scottish Parliament 51 0.2 New
UKIP 48 0.2 Decrease 1.5
Independent Jayda Fransen 46 0.1 New
SDP 32 0.1 New
Reform UK 31 0.1 New
Independent Craig Ross 19 0.1 New
Reclaim 16 0.1 New
Renew 10 0.0 New
Independent Daniel Donaldson 10 0.0 New
Majority 9,456 28.9 Decrease9.6
Valid Votes 32,807 32,876
Invalid Votes 220 113
Turnout 33,027 59.78 Increase11.5 32,989 59.71 Increase11.3
SNP hold Swing Decrease4.8
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency
  2. ^ Sarwar stood on a joint ticket on behalf of Scottish Labour and the Scottish Co-operative Party. The regional list vote is for Scottish Labour only.
  3. ^ Incumbent member on the party list, or for another constituency

2010s

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Southside[9][6]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Nicola Sturgeon[a] 15,287 61.4 Increase7.0 11,393 45.3 Increase3.2
Labour Fariha Thomas 5,694 22.9 Decrease12.3 5,002 19.9 Decrease9.4
Green 3,444 13.7 Increase5.8
Conservative Graham Hutchison 3,100 12.4 Increase4.7 2,935 11.7 Increase5.0
Liberal Democrats Kevin Lewsey 822 3.3 Increase0.6 516 2.1 Decrease0.1
UKIP 420 1.7 Increase1.2
RISE 387 1.5 New
Solidarity 335 1.3 New
Women's Equality 209 0.8 New
A Better Britain – Unionist Party 190 0.8 New
Animal Welfare 172 0.7 New
Scottish Christian 136 0.5 Steady0.0
Independent Andrew McCullagh 15 0.1 New
Majority 9,593 38.5 Increase19.3
Valid Votes 24,903 25,154
Invalid Votes 279 68
Turnout 25,182 48.3 Increase4.7 25,222 48.4 Increase4.7
SNP hold Swing Increase9.7
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency
2011 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Southside[10][6]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
SNP Nicola Sturgeon[a] 12,306 54.4 N/A 9,548 42.1 N/A
Labour Stephen Curran 7,957 35.2 N/A 6,648 29.3 N/A
Green 1,779 7.8 N/A
Conservative David Meikle 1,733 7.7 N/A 1,518 6.7 N/A
Respect 1,359 6.0 N/A
Liberal Democrats Kenn Elder 612 2.7 N/A 497 2.2 N/A
All-Scotland Pensioners Party 319 1.4 N/A
BNP 261 1.2 N/A
Socialist Labour 200 0.9 N/A
Scottish Socialist 149 0.7 N/A
Scottish Christian 119 0.5 N/A
UKIP 114 0.5 N/A
Pirate 68 0.3 N/A
Scottish Unionist 68 0.3 N/A
Independent Caroline Johnstone 17 0.1 N/A
Scottish Homeland Party 16 0.1 N/A
Majority 4,349 19.2 N/A
Valid Votes 22,608 22,680
Invalid Votes 203 147
Turnout 22,811 43.6 N/A 22,827 43.6 N/A
SNP win (new seat)
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member for the Glasgow Govan constituency
Preceded byAberdeenshire East Constituency represented by the First Minister 2014 – Present Succeeded byIncumbent
Preceded byGlasgow Govan Constituency represented by the Deputy First Minister of Scotland 2011–2014 Succeeded byPerthshire North

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". 31 May 2013.)
  2. ^ "First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries Final Report" (PDF). Boundaries Scotland. May 2010. p. 170. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  3. ^ Garavelli, Dani (25 April 2021). "Insight: Why the Govanhill community has trust in Nicola Sturgeon to deliver". The Scotsman.
  4. ^ Horne, Marc (3 May 2018). "Landlords ordered to tackle filth and rats in Sturgeon's constituency". The Times.
  5. ^ Hayes, Georgina (15 April 2021). "SNP-run council accused of ordering cleaners to tidy streets in Sturgeon's constituency ahead of Anas Sarwar visit". The Telegraph.
  6. ^ a b c "Scottish Results". Glasgow City Council. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Constituencies A-Z: Glasgow Southside". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Region Results for Glasgow Southside (2021)". Glasgow City Council. 7 May 2021. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Region Results for Glasgow Southside (2016)". Glasgow City Council. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Region Results for Glasgow Southside (2011)". Glasgow City Council. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2021.