Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse
burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Central Scotland 2011 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse shown within the Central Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
PartyScottish National Party
MSPChristina McKelvie
Council areaSouth Lanarkshire

Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse 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 Central Scotland 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.

For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, Hamilton North and Bellshill, and Hamilton South constituencies were significantly redrawn. Two new seats - Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse and Uddingston and Bellshill - were fought on the new boundaries.

Electoral region[edit]

The other eight constituencies of the Central Scotland region are Airdrie and Shotts, Coatbridge and Chryston, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, East Kilbride, Falkirk East, Falkirk West, Motherwell and Wishaw and Uddingston and Bellshill.

The region covers all of the Falkirk council area, all of the North Lanarkshire council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council areas[edit]

The rest of the South Lanarkshire area is covered by another four constituencies: East Kilbride and Uddingston and Bellshill, which are within the Central Scotland region. Rutherglen, within the Glasgow region, and Clydesdale, within the South Scotland region.

The Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse constituency consists of the following electoral wards:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
2011 Christina McKelvie SNP

Election results[edit]

2016 Scottish Parliament election: Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Christina McKelvie 13,945 48.3 +0.2
Labour Margaret McCulloch 8,508 29.5 −9.9
Conservative Margaret Mitchell 5,596 19.4 +9.3
Liberal Democrats Eileen Baxendale 836 2.9 +0.5
Majority 5,437 18.8 +10.1
Turnout 28,885 50.1
SNP hold Swing +5.1

2011 Scottish Parliament election: Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse[1][2]

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
SNP Green tickY Christina McKelvie 12,202 48.13 +17.68 11,666 45.77
Labour Red XN Tom McCabe 9,989 39.40 -4.31 8,571 33.62
Conservative Margaret Mitchell 2,547 10.05 -3.83 1,984 7.78
Liberal Democrats Ewan Hoyle 616 2.43 -5.54 419 1.64
Scottish Green   720 2.82
All Scotland Pensioners Party 657 2.58
Scottish Christian   332 1.30
BNP   228 0.89
Socialist Labour   220 0.86
Scottish Unionist   206 0.81
UKIP   170 0.67
Independent - Hugh O'Donnell 88 0.35
Scottish Socialist   65 0.25
Solidarity   50 0.20
Scottish Homeland Party 31 0.13
Informal votes 92 84
Total Valid votes 25,354 25,407
SNP gain from Labour Majority 2,213 8.73
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 11,945 43.7
SNP 8,322 30.5
Conservative 3,794 13.9
Liberal Democrats 2,179 8.0
Others 1,087 4.0
Majority 3,623 13.3
Labour hold Swing