Eastwood (UK Parliament constituency)

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Eastwood
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Eastwood in Scotland for the 2001 general election.
Subdivisions of ScotlandStrathclyde
Major settlementsRenfrewshire
19832005
Number of membersOne
Replaced byEast Renfrewshire
Created fromEast Renfrewshire

Eastwood was a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1983 until 2005. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1983 general election, when it partially replaced the former East Renfrewshire constituency, following changes in 1975 to local government boundaries.

The East Renfrewshire constituency was re-established for the 2005 general election, with the same boundaries as the Eastwood constituency. Despite the change of name, it is the only constituency in mainland Scotland whose boundaries were unchanged by the 2005 revision of Scottish constituencies.

In 1999, an Eastwood Scottish Parliament constituency was created with the name and boundaries of the Eastwood Westminster constituency. However, while this constituency still exists, its boundaries are now different from the East Renfrewshire UK Parliament seat.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency lay to the south of Glasgow and included Clarkston, Newton Mearns, Eaglesham, Barrhead and Neilston.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1983 Allan Stewart Conservative
1997 Jim Murphy Labour
2005 constituency renamed: see East Renfrewshire

Election results[edit]

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General election 1983: Eastwood[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Allan Stewart 21,072 46.5 N/A
Social Democratic James Pickett 12,477 27.6 N/A
Labour James McGuire 9,083 20.1 N/A
SNP Jenny Herriot 2,618 5.8 N/A
Majority 8,595 18.9 N/A
Turnout 45,250 72.6 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
General election 1987: Eastwood[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Allan Stewart 19,388 39.5 −7.0
Social Democratic Ralph Leishman 13,374 27.2 −0.4
Labour Peter Grant-Hutchinson 12,305 25.1 +5.0
SNP James Findlay 4,033 8.2 +2.4
Majority 6,014 12.3
Turnout 49,100 79.4 +6.8
Conservative hold Swing −3.3

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

General election 1992: Eastwood[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Allan Stewart 24,124 46.8 +7.3
Labour Peter Alexander Grant-Hutchinson 12,436 24.1 −1.0
Liberal Democrat Miss Moira Craig 8,493 16.5 −10.7
SNP Paul Henderson Scott 6,372 12.4 +4.2
Natural Law Dr. Lee Fergusson 146 0.3 N/A
Majority 11,688 22.7 +10.4
Turnout 51,571 81.0 +1.6
Conservative hold Swing +4.2
General election 1997: Eastwood[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jim Murphy 20,766 39.7 +15.6
Conservative Paul Benedict Cullen 17,530 33.5 −13.2
SNP Douglas Arthur Yates 6,826 13.1 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Christopher Michael Mason 6,110 11.7 −4.8
Referendum David Ian Miller 497 1.0 N/A
ProLife Alliance Dr. Manar Tayan 393 0.8 N/A
UKIP Douglas McPherson 130 0.2 N/A
Majority 3,236 6.2
Turnout 52,252 77.4 −3.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 14.4

Elections of the 2000s[edit]

General election 2001: Eastwood[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jim Murphy 23,036 47.6 +7.9
Conservative Raymond Scott Robertson 13,895 28.7 −4.8
Liberal Democrat Allan Richard Morison Steele 6,239 12.9 +1.2
SNP Stewart Maxwell 4,137 8.6 −4.5
Scottish Socialist Peter Joseph Murray 814 1.7 N/A
Independent Dr. Manar Tayan 247 0.5 N/A
Majority 9,141 18.9 +12.7
Turnout 48,368 70.7 −7.6
Labour hold Swing +6.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)
  2. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.