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Paisley (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Not to be confused with Paisley (UK Parliament constituency).

Paisley is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of ten constituencies in the West Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Electoral region

The other nine constituencies of the West Scotland region are Clydebank and Milngavie, Cunninghame North, Cunninghame South, Dumbarton, Eastwood, Greenock and Inverclyde, Renfrewshire North and West, Renfrewshire South and Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

The region covers part of the Argyll and Bute council area, the East Dunbartonshire council area, the East Renfrewshire council area, the Inverclyde council area, North Ayrshire council area, the Renfrewshire council area and the West Dunbartonshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area

Renfrewshire is represented in the Scottish Parliament by three constituencies: Paisley, Renfrewshire North and West and Renfrewshire South.

The electoral wards of the Paisley constituency are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
1999 Wendy Alexander Labour
2003
2007
2011 George Adam SNP

Election results

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Paisley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP George Adam 10,913 42.6 +12.8
Labour Ewan Williams 10,665 41.7 -2.7
Conservative Gordon McCaskill 2,229 8.7 -0.1
Liberal Democrats Eileen McCartin 1,783 7.0 -8.9
Majority 248 0.9
Turnout 25,590 49.1
SNP gain from Labour Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Paisley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 11,566 44.4
SNP 7,755 29.8
Liberal Democrats 4,134 15.9
Conservative 2,304 8.8
Others 305 1.2
Majority 3,811 14.6
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Paisley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wendy Alexander 12,111 52.2 +4.3
SNP Andrew Doig 6,998 30.2 +1.7
Conservative Malcolm MacAskill 1,721 7.4 -1.0
Liberal Democrats Angela McGarrigle 1,570 6.8 -0.9
Scottish Socialist Iain Hogg 525 2.3 -5.3
Independent John Plott 281 1.2 +1.2
Majority 5,113 22.0
Turnout 23,206 53.4
Labour hold Swing 1.3

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