East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow

2015 Result:
Conservative: 7129 (11.8%)
Labour: 17151 (28.3%)
Lib Dem: 1042 (1.7%)
SNP: 33678 (55.6%)
UKIP: 1221 (2%)
Independent: 318 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 16527 (27.3%)

Category: Safe SNP seat

Geography: Scotland, Central and South Scotland. Part of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Main population centres: East Kilbride, Strathaven, Lesmahagow.

Profile: A sprawling seat, largely made up of moorland but with most of its electorate in the town of East Kilbride in the north of the seat. East Kilbride is a dormitory town for Glasgow, the first Scottish newtown, built after 1947 to alleviate the Glasgow housing shortage. Beyond East Kilbride the constituency stretches south along the A71 to include Strathaven and an expanse of unpopulated moorland, before reaching the small town of Lesmagahow in the south-eastern corner of the seat.

Politics: A safe Labour seat at Westminister until 2015. The East Kilbride seat in the Scottish Parliament was won by the SNP in 2011 and the Westminster seat followed in 2015.

Current MP
LISA CAMERON (SNP) Educated at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. Former NHS consultant. First elected as MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow in 2015.
Past Results
Con: 6613 (13%)
Lab: 26241 (52%)
LDem: 5052 (10%)
SNP: 11738 (23%)
Oth: 1302 (3%)
MAJ: 14503 (28%)
Con: 4776 (10%)
Lab: 23264 (49%)
LDem: 7904 (17%)
SNP: 8541 (18%)
Oth: 3248 (7%)
MAJ: 14723 (31%)
Con: 4238 (10%)
Lab: 22205 (53%)
LDem: 4278 (10%)
SNP: 9450 (23%)
Oth: 1519 (4%)
MAJ: 12755 (31%)
Con: 5863 (12%)
Lab: 27584 (57%)
LDem: 3527 (7%)
SNP: 10200 (21%)
Oth: 1622 (3%)
MAJ: 17384 (36%)

2015 Candidates
GRAHAM SIMPSON (Conservative) Born Aberdeen. Journalist. South Lanarkshire councillor. Contested East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow.
MICHAEL MCCANN (Labour) Born 1964, Glasgow. South Lanarkshire councillor 1999-2010. MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow 2010 to 2015.
PAUL MCGARRY (Liberal Democrat)
LISA CAMERON (SNP) Educated at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. NHS consultant.
JOHN HOUSTON (Independent)
Comments - 12 Responses on “East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow”
  1. Lab 43

    Snp 25

    Con 15

    Ld 3

  2. I live in this seat and I for one hope the SNP take this. If the surge is genuine and real, McCann is in deep trouble.

  3. Labour Hold

  4. The Scottish Mail has a front page on the hypocrisy of this MP.

    Apparently she makes hundreds of thousands of pounds buying up council houses and selling them or renting them out, whilst opposing the sale of council houses.

  5. Another gone then?

  6. To be honest SNP MPs sometimes appear less like individual people and more as some kind of gestalt hive mind. It’s easy enough to confuse one with another (apparently even if they are different genders).

  7. Jeremy Corbyn is to visit 18 SNP marginal next month that Labour have identified as within the 60 UK seat Labour needs to win to form a government.

    The most difficult of the 18 is East Kilbride but there is an argument that Labour may have over performed in ‘marginals’ like Putney, Chipping Barnet, The Cities of London & Westminster and Chingford & Wood Green and may need to win more SNP seats. Equally, the SNP could rise back to the low 40s and Labour fall back to the low 20s which would mean that Labour would need to do better in London taking even more difficult seats than those listed above like Uxbridge.

    Here is the full SNP/ Labour battleground –

    01 Glasgow South West 60 (0.2%)
    02 Glasgow East 75 (0.2%)
    03 Airdrie & Shotts 195 (0.5%)
    04 Motherwell & Wishaw 318 (0.7%)
    05 *Lanark & Hamlton East 360 (0.7%)
    06 Inverclyde 384 (1.0%)
    07 Dunfermline & West Fife 844 (1.6%)
    08 Edinburgh North & Leith 1,625 (2.9%)
    09 Glasgow North 1,060 (3.1%)
    10 Glasgow South 2,027 (4.5%)
    11 Linlithgow & Falkirk East 2,919 (5.2%)
    12 West Dunbartonshire 2,288 (5.2%)
    13 Paisley &’ South 2,613 (5.6%)
    14 Paisley &’ South 2,541 (6.1%)
    15 Glasgow Central 2,267 (6.3%)
    16 Glasgow North West 2,561 (6.6%)
    17 Na h-Eileanan an Iar 1,007 (6.8%)
    18 East Kilbride 3,866 (7.2%)


    19 Livingston 3,878 (7.4%)
    20 Edinburgh East 3,425 (7.8%)
    21 Glenrothes 3,267 (8.1%)
    22 *Edinburgh South West 4,362 (8.8%)
    23 Falkirk 4,923 (9.1%)
    24 Cumbernauld & Kilsyth 4,246 (9.4%)
    25 *Ayrshire Central 5,009 (11.1%)
    26 Aberdeen North 4,139 (11.2%)
    27 *Ayrshire North & Arran 5,411 (11.4%)
    28 Kilmarnock & Loudoun 6,269 (13.4%)
    29 Dundee West 5,262 (13.6%)
    30 Dundee East 6,645 (15.4%)
    31 ~Fife North East 9,717 (23.3%)
    32 #Argyll & Bute 11,260 (23.4%)
    33 *Inverness, Nairn’ 12,490 (23.7%)
    34 #Ross, Skye & Lochaber 10,785 (28.0%)
    35 *Perth & North Perthshire 16,455 (31.9%)

    *Conservatives 2nd
    #Conservatives 2nd/ Lib Dems 3rd
    ~Lib Dems 2nd/ Conservatives 3rd

  8. I think that target list is about right, though I do wonder if Scotland’s results were a bit warped this time around by lukewarm turnouts. It’s possible that complacency kept some nationalists at home in places like Inverclyde (turnout fell 9%), as even when polls were shifting south of the border there was no sense that Labour was gaining traction in Scotland. With these seats now on such a knife-edge, and having seemingly given up on the borders and the north-east, the SNP won’t get caught sleeping again in the western and central regions.

  9. Polltroll
    That works both ways though, while its true the SNP may not have gave it their all due to complacency it can hardly be said that in these seats Labour did either. From what I’ve heard many/most of these seats were seen as complete write offs by Lab central office and the Lab campaign was very poor compared to the efforts exerted in the Lab held marginals, by all accounts most of Labs Scottish efforts were in holding Edinburgh South and trying to gain East Lothian (which they did) and East Renfrewshire (which turned out to be a fools errand)

    So while its true the SNP are going to up their game in these seats, I imagine Lab will as well, if nothing else they’ll probably get more money/resources from central office and a paid campaign manager for each target seat.

  10. Labour worst results in Scotland were clearly in Ayrshire. 7500 behind the Conservatives to the successor to South Ayrshire that had been a Labour seat from 1935 to 2015. 5000 votes behind the SNP and beaten by the Conservatives in Central and North & Arran. Kilmarnock is now almost as safe for the SNP as the Dundee seats. I think this is the only West of Scotland county were the Labour vote fell in every constituency and the anti SNP surge went to the Conservatives

  11. 3 Labour and 2 SNP Cllrs have formed an Ind Group here.

    The Council is still a messy:

    SNP 25
    Lab 19
    Cons 14
    Ind 5
    LD 1

  12. Cllr Fiona Dryburgh has defected from Labour to the LibDems here.

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