Glasgow North East

2015 Result:
Conservative: 1769 (4.7%)
Labour: 12754 (33.7%)
Lib Dem: 300 (0.8%)
SNP: 21976 (58.1%)
Green: 615 (1.6%)
TUSC: 218 (0.6%)
Others: 225 (0.6%)
MAJORITY: 9222 (24.4%)

Category: Safe SNP seat

Geography: Scotland, Glasgow. Part of the Glasgow council area.

Main population centres: Glasgow.

Profile: A grim slice of north-east Glasgow, scarred by gangs, deprivation and hard drugs. The innermost Dennistoun area retains the original Victorian tenements and has undergone some gentrification becoming popular with students and young professionals, to the north there are new developments on the outskirts of Glasgow at Robroyston. The rest of the seat though consists of the some of the most degraded, deprived and crime-ridden parts of the UK: the heroin-ravaged Possilpark, the tower blocks of Sighthill and Red Road, decayed housing estates of Springburn and the amenity-free Milton, product of earlier attempts at slum clearance.

Politics: As with most of Glasgow, the seat was previously solidly Labour but fell to the SNP in 2015. Between 2000 and 2009 the seat was presented by Michael Martin, the then Speaker of the Commons, and was not opposed by the Conservatives or Liberal Democrats - not that their candidates would have received many votes anyway.

Current MP
ANNE MCLAUGHLIN (SNP) First elected as MP for Glasgow North East in 2015.
Past Results
Con: 1569 (5%)
Lab: 20100 (68%)
LDem: 2262 (8%)
SNP: 4158 (14%)
Oth: 1320 (4%)
MAJ: 15942 (54%)
Lab: 15153 (53%)
SNP: 5019 (18%)
Oth: 8246 (29%)
MAJ: 7827 (28%)
Lab: 16053 (67%)
SNP: 4675 (19%)
Oth: 3376 (14%)
MAJ: 11378 (47%)
Con: 1893 (6%)
Lab: 22534 (71%)
LDem: 1349 (4%)
SNP: 5208 (16%)
Oth: 593 (2%)
MAJ: 17326 (55%)

2015 Candidates
ANNIE WELLS (Conservative)
WILLIAM BAIN (Labour) Born 1972, Glasgow. Educated at St Rochs Secondary and Strathclyde University. Law lecturer. MP for Glasgow North East 2009 by-election to 2015.
EILEEN BAXENDALE (Liberal Democrat) Former South Lanarkshire councillor. Contested Glasgow North East 2009 by-election, 2010.
ZARA KITSON (Green) Educated at Glasgow University. Executive Assistant. Contested Dunfermline 2013 by-election.
Comments - 62 Responses on “Glasgow North East”
  1. In 2015 90% of Yes voters voted SNP and in 2017 75% of Yes voters voted SNP. Is there any figures how –

    Yes / Remain voters voted
    Yes/ Leave voters voted

    I would imagine that Glasgow NE and Coatbridge have more of the former and Glasgow Central and Glasgow North have more of the latter.

  2. This seat was 57% Yes in the independence referendum. Truly remarkable to see Labour back here so soon after their stunning defeats in 2015 and 2016 and dysmal local council election results across Glasgow last month.

    Glasgow East now has an SNP majority of just 75 votes (0.2%), down from 10,387 (24.5%) two years ago. Glasgow South West has an even smaller SNP majority of 60 (0.2%), down from 9,950 (24.3%) two years ago.

    If Scottish Labour can maintain this kind of support across Glasgow at the next Scottish Parliamentary election then they could make a strong recovery in a number of constituencies they held in 2011 including Glasgow Pollok and Glasgow Maryhill & Springburn, alongside Glasgow Provan and Rutherglen which voted Labour at the general election.

  3. Labour must be hoping for 5-6 constituency seat gains in Lanarkshire at the next Scottish Parliamentary election and 2-3 gains in Fife if they can build upon their current position on Scotland a bit more.

  4. The council elections did flag some signs that Lab were starting to bounce back a bit in Glasgow… losing their majority and largest party status was a historic defeat, but they weren’t thumped to the extent they were in 2015 and 2016.

  5. That’s all well and good in hindsight, but really it was a council election where turnout is usually low and many believed Labour did well simply due to the lower turnout.

    They were behind by more than 10% in Glasgow, and polled ahead in NO WARDS! Unlike places like Coatbridge and Kirkcaldy there was no real indication based on the local elections to suggest that Labour were seriously competitive here.

  6. Yes, I didn’t quite expect Labour to win any seats in Glasgow even though they were only a bit behind in some of the wards here and SW and in Shettleston but I was still really surprised especially by Glasgow East.

    Maybe some of the local Green vote in Dennistoun went to Labour and in other parts of Glasgow (like in Edinburgh) as well as the SNP bleeding a lot of 2015 votes to abstention.

    I would have thought the SNP would have been saved by a higher turnout of young voters relative to the locals though to keep their vote at 40% across Scotland which maybe didn’t materialise so much.

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