for the Scottish Parliament
|Party||Scottish National Party|
|Council area||South Lanarkshire|
Rutherglen is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) covering part of the council area of South Lanarkshire. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, it is 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.
Originally called Glasgow Rutherglen, the boundaries were redrawn and the new constituency renamed simply Rutherglen for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election. The seat has been held by Clare Haughey of the Scottish National Party since the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.
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 Glasgow Southside.
The region covers the Glasgow City council area and a north-western portion of the South Lanarkshire council area.
The redrawn seat of Rutherglen consists of the following electoral wards:
BBC profile for 2016 election:
Rutherglen was once a burgh - the oldest in Scotland - until local government reorganisation in 1975, and lies to the south east of Glasgow city centre. The name Rutherglen is said to come from Gaelic for "reddish glen" after the red clay found here.
At its northern border it blends into Glasgow's suburbs, though the town has always striven to maintain a distinct identity from Glasgow, which it predates by 500 years. The seat includes not only Rutherglen itself but also the town of Cambuslang, Burnside and the housing scheme at Fernhill, as well as Blantyre, all of which lie within the local government control of South Lanarkshire. Steel and pottery have been major industries in the past, but both have been in decline.
Janis Hughes won the seat for the Labour Party in the 1999 and 2003 elections. James Kelly then held the seat in 2007 and 2011.
|Labour Co-op||James Kelly[b][c]||15,083||37.6||2.8||11,005||27.4||1.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Sheila Thomson||1,112||2.8||4.9||1,011||2.5||1.6|
|All for Unity||356||0.9||New|
|Independent Green Voice||273||0.7||New|
|Abolish the Scottish Parliament||95||0.2||New|
|Labour Co-op||James Kelly[a][b]||11,479||34.8||11.3||9,372||28.4||10.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Robert Brown||2,533||7.7||3.3||1,351||4.1||1.1|
|A Better Britain – Unionist Party||336||1.0||New|
|SNP gain from Labour Co-op||Swing||9.0|
|Labour Co-op||James Kelly[a][b]||12,489||46.1||N/A||10,411||38.4||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Lisa Strachan||1,174||4.4||N/A||815||3.0||N/A|
|All-Scotland Pensioners Party||513||1.9||N/A|
|Scottish Homeland Party||30||0.1||N/A|
|Labour Co-op win (new seat)|