|Former county constituency|
for the Scottish Parliament
|Replaced by||Renfrewshire North and West, and Renfrewshire South|
West Renfrewshire was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elected one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it was one of nine constituencies in the West of Scotland electoral region, which elected seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, West Renfrewshire was abolished. Two new seats were created: Renfrewshire North and West, and Renfrewshire South.
The other eight constituencies of the West of Scotland region are: Dumbarton, Clydebank and Milngavie, Cunninghame North, Eastwood, Paisley North, Greenock and Inverclyde, Paisley South and Strathkelvin and Bearsden.
The region covers the West Dunbartonshire council area, the East Renfrewshire council area, the Inverclyde council area, most of the Renfrewshire council area, most of the East Dunbartonshire council area, part of the Argyll and Bute council area and part of the North Ayrshire council area.
The West Renfrewshire 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 Westminster (House of Commons) constituency was divided between new constituencies.
The Holyrood constituency covered a western portion of the Renfrewshire council area and an eastern portion of the Inverclyde council area. The rest of the Renfrewshire area was covered by the Paisley North, Paisley South and Glasgow Govan constituencies; Glasgow Govan was in the Glasgow electoral region. The Greenock and Inverclyde constituency covered the rest of the Inverclyde area. The boundaries of these other constituencies were also redrawn in 2011.
|2011||constituency abolished: replaced by |
Renfrewshire North and West, and Renfrewshire South
|Liberal Democrats||Simon Hutton||2,206||7.6||-2.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Alison King||2,902||10.3||+2.5|
|Scottish Socialist||Gerry MaCartney||1,683||5.95||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Neal Ascherson||2,659||7.8||N/A|
|Socialist Workers||Patrick Clark||476||1.4||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|