Glasgow's East End

Glasgow East

Burgh constituency

for the House of Commons


Boundary of Glasgow East in Scotland.

Subdivisions of Scotland

City of Glasgow

Current constituency

Created

2005 (2005)

Member of Parliament

Margaret Curran (Labour)

Created from

Glasgow Baillieston
Glasgow Shettleston

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European Parliament constituency

Scotland

Glasgow East is a constituency of the British House of Commons, located in the city of Glasgow, Scotland. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) at least once every five years using the First-past-the-post system of voting.

One of the most safe seats for the Labour Party, it has voted Labour since the 1930s. It achieved national prominence in 2008, when a by-election saw the Scottish National Party overturn a majority of over 13,000 votes to take the seat. At the 2010 general election, Labour's Margaret Curran won the seat back from the SNP, with a renewed majority of over 11,000 votes. The seat is notable for receiving the lowest percentage of votes for the Liberal Democrats for any constituency at the 2010 General Election, and for being one of only two constituencies across the whole United Kingdom where the Conservative Party polled under 5% of the vote.

The seat is entirely within the Glasgow City Council area, taking in the towns of Baillieston, Carmyle, Easterhouse, Parkhead, Shettleston and Tollcross.

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Glasgow East is one of seven constituencies covering the Glasgow City council area. All are entirely within the council area.

Prior to the 2005 general election, the city area was covered by ten constituencies, of which two straddled boundaries with other council areas. The East constituency includes the area of the former Glasgow Baillieston constituency and parts of the former Glasgow Shettleston constituency.[1] Scottish Parliament constituencies retain the names and boundaries of the older Westminster constituencies.

Baillieston has always been represented by the Labour Party, as was its predecessor Glasgow Provan from its creation in 1955. Shettleston was won by the Labour Party at every election from 1950 onwards (in 1945 it was won by the Independent Labour Party). In 2008, the Scottish National Party succeeded in winning the seat from Labour in a by-election on a very large swing. Prior to the by-election, it had been one of the safest Labour seats in the United Kingdom. At the 2010 General Election, the constituency was re-gained by Labour from the SNP's by-election victor John Mason by more than 11,000 votes by Margaret Curran.[citation needed]

The East constituency contains part of the M8 motorway and main railway lines into the city centre; the home ground of Glasgow Celtic football club is within the constituency.

It is one of the most deprived areas in Britain: average male life expectancy is 68, five years less than the Scottish average, while in the Shettleston area it is 63.[2] A 2008 World Health Organisation report gave the average male life expectancy in Calton as 54.[3]

[edit] Members of Parliament

Election

Member [4]

Party

 

2005

David Marshall

Labour

 

2008 by-election

John Mason

SNP

 

2010

Margaret Curran

Labour

[edit] 2008 by-election

Main article: Glasgow East by-election, 2008

On 28 June 2008, David Marshall MP announced he would step down because of a stress-related illness and was appointed Steward of the Manor of Northstead on 30 June 2008, thus effectively resigning from the Commons.[5] Although the seat represented Labour's third highest majority in Scotland, they faced a strong challenge from the SNP, hot on the heels of Labour's disastrous performance in the 2008 Henley by-election.[6] Nominations for candidates closed at 4pm on 9 July, and the election took place on 24 July.[7]

On 25 July 2008, and after a recount, the SNP candidate John Mason won the seat with a majority of 365 votes over the Labour Party candidate Margaret Curran.[8]

[edit] Elections

General Election 2010: Glasgow East

Party

Candidate

Votes

%

±%

 

Labour

Margaret Curran

19,797

61.6

+19.9

 

SNP

John Mason

7,957

24.7

-17.0

 

Liberal Democrats

Kevin Ward

1,617

5.0

+1.5

 

Conservative

Hamira Khan

1,453

4.5

-1.8

 

BNP

Joe T Finnie

677

2.1

+2.1

 

Scottish Socialist

Frances Curran

454

1.4

-0.7

 

UKIP

Arthur Thackeray

209

0.6

+0.6

Majority

11,840

36.8

 

Turnout

32,164

52.3

32,164

 

Labour gain from SNP

Swing

3.4

 

 

Glasgow East by-election, 2008[9][10][11]

Party

Candidate

Votes

%

±%

 

SNP

John Mason

11,277

43.1

+26.1

 

Labour

Margaret Curran

10,912

41.7

-19.0

 

Conservative

Davena Rankin

1,639

6.3

-0.6

 

Liberal Democrats

Ian Robertson

915

3.5

-8.3

 

Scottish Socialist

Frances Curran

555

2.1

-1.4

 

Solidarity

Tricia McLeish

512

2.0

N/A

 

Scottish Green

Eileen Duke

232

0.9

N/A

 

Independent

Chris Creighton

67

0.3

N/A

 

Freedom-4-Choice

Hamish Howitt

65

0.2

N/A

Majority

365

1.4

+45.1

Turnout

26,219

42.25

-5.95

 

SNP gain from Labour

Swing

22.5

 

 

General Election 2005: Glasgow East

Party

Candidate

Votes

%

±%

 

Labour

David Marshall

18,775

60.7

N/A

 

SNP

Lachlan McNeill

5,268

17.0

N/A

 

Liberal Democrats

David Jackson

3,665

11.8

N/A

 

Conservative

Carl Thomson

2,135

6.9

N/A

 

Scottish Socialist

George Savage

1,096

3.5

N/A

Majority

13,507

43.7

 

Turnout

30,939

48.2

N/A

 

Labour hold

Swing

N/A

 

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