East Dunbartonshire

2015 Result:
Conservative: 4727 (8.6%)
Labour: 6754 (12.3%)
Lib Dem: 19926 (36.3%)
SNP: 22093 (40.3%)
Green: 804 (1.5%)
UKIP: 567 (1%)
MAJORITY: 2167 (3.9%)

Category: Marginal SNP seat

Geography: Scotland, West. Part of the East Dunbartonshire council area.

Main population centres: Bearsden, Bishopbriggs, Milngavie, Lenzie.

Profile: East Dunbartonshire covers the rural hinterland and affluent commuter towns to the north of Glasgow. It is a desirable residential area with a high rate of owner-occupiers, favoured by Glasgow`s middle class professionals.

Politics: Dunbartonshire East was created in 2005, bringing together the more middle class parts of the old Strathkelvin and Bearsden and Clydebank and Milngavie seats. In England it would almost certainly have been a new Conservative seat, but in Scotland they languish in a poor fourth place. Between 2005 and 2015 it was held by the Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson who managed to keep most of her vote share in 2015, but managed to lose her seat anyway as Labour voters deserted en masse for the SNP.


Current MP
JOHN NICOLSON (SNP) Born Glasgow. Educated at Glasgow University. Former journalist. First elected as MP for Dunbartonshire East in 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 7431 (15%)
Lab: 16367 (34%)
LDem: 18551 (39%)
SNP: 5054 (11%)
Oth: 545 (1%)
MAJ: 2184 (5%)
2005
Con: 7708 (16%)
Lab: 15472 (33%)
LDem: 19533 (42%)
SNP: 2716 (6%)
Oth: 1295 (3%)
MAJ: 4061 (9%)
2001*
Con: 6635 (16%)
Lab: 19250 (46%)
LDem: 7533 (18%)
SNP: 6675 (16%)
Oth: 1393 (3%)
MAJ: 11717 (28%)
1997
Con: 9986 (20%)
Lab: 26278 (53%)
LDem: 4843 (10%)
SNP: 8111 (16%)
Oth: 494 (1%)
MAJ: 16292 (33%)

2015 Candidates
ANDREW POLSON (Conservative) Educated at Douglas Academy. Radio station manager.
AMANJIT JHUND (Labour) Born 1981, Glasgow. Educated at Edinburgh university. Doctor and entrepreneur. Contested Windsor 2010.
JO SWINSON (Liberal Democrat) Born 1980, Milngavie. Educated at Douglas Academy and LSE. Marketing manager. Contested Hull East 2001 and Strathkelvin and Bearsden 2003 Scottish Parliament election. MP for East Dunbartonshire 2005 to 2015. Parliamentary under-secretary for business since 2012.
WILFRED ARASARATNAM (UKIP)
ROSS GREER (Green) Educated at Strathclyde University.
JOHN NICOLSON (SNP) Born Glasgow. Educated at Glasgow University. Journalist.
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Comments - 607 Responses on “Dunbartonshire East”
  1. Kind of suggests that their prominence was mostly in the political bubble and that Joe Public didn’t really notice them much at all. Have to say I was surprised as well.

  2. Recalling Steel, Campbell but not Darrin or Swinson is odd.

    Mind you, you get some crazy answers on those shows which illustrates to what extent some just don’t bother with party politics – unlike people like us!

    One recently on The Chase was:
    Q. “During most of the 1980s, Neil Kinnock was leader of which political party?”
    A. “Er….Conservative…?”

    This was from a fifty/sixty something bloke.

  3. Recalling Steel and Campbell but not Farron, Cable or Swinson is odd.

    Mind you, you get some crazy answers on those shows, which can illustrate to what extent some just don’t bother with party politics – unlike people like us!

    One recently on The Chase was:
    Q. “During most of the 1980s, Neil Kinnock was leader of which political party?”
    A. “Er….Conservative?”

    This was from a fifty/sixty something bloke.

  4. Ofc because of the very low post GE2015 Lib Dems Commons seat total the leaders were given far less tv/ media time and only one question during PMQs.

  5. I didn’t realise the Lib Dems had been restricted to one question at PMQs but I seldom watch it nowadays

    So too Question Time, where the SNP have supplanted the Lib Dems as the third party on every week alongside a representative of the two main parties

    The point though definitely holds

    Technically I’m still a Lib Dem member – I spotted my annual membership fee debiting my account a few months back – but apart from long-standings MPs – of which there are currently two – Ed Davey & Alaistar Carmichael – and high-profile ones like Layla Moran – I couldn’t even name the others

    A lot of very good Liberal Democrat MPs were elected from 1992-2010 – Nick Clegg, Steve Webb, David Laws, Nick Harvey, Cable, Davey himself, even Jeremy Browne – to name a few – and their exposure as the UK’s third party on shows like Question Times, definitely helped keep them at a level in the polls they can only now dream off

    So whilst things do look decisively grim for the Lib Dems at the moment, the foothold they regained in the local elections last year suggests they might not be quite as f*cked as some might like to think

  6. “Apart from the long-standing MPs, of which there are currently two – Alistair Carmichael and Ed Davey – and other high-profile MPs like Layla Moran, I couldn’t even name the others.”

    I can’t tell whether this was a genuine omission or an absolutely savage takedown of Tim Farron MP.

  7. I’d forgotten about Faron entirely – which kind of makes my point

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