for the Scottish Parliament
|Council area||West Dunbartonshire|
Argyll and Bute
Dumbarton 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.
The other nine constituencies of the West Scotland region are Clydebank and Milngavie, Cunninghame North, Cunninghame South, Eastwood, Greenock and Inverclyde, Paisley, 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
The Dumbarton constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of an existing Westminster constituency. In 2005, however, the Westminster (House of Commons) constituency was abolished in favour of new constituencies.
The constituency takes in Helensburgh and Lomond from the Argyll and Bute council area and covers Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven in West Dunbartonshire. The rest of West Dunbartonshire is covered by the Clydebank and Milngavie. The rest of Argyll and Bute is covered by the Argyll and Bute constituency, which is within the Highlands and Islands electoral region.
From the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, Dumbarton had its boundaries altered to include the following electoral wards:
- From West Dunbartonshire: Dumbarton, Leven, Lomond
- From Argyll and Bute: Lomond North, Helensburgh Central, Helensburgh and Lomond South
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|Liberal Democrats||Aileen Morton||1,131||3.4||+0.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Helen Watt||858||3.0||N/A|
|Labour win (new boundaries)|
|Liberal Democrats||Alex Mackie||3,385||11.3||-4.2|
|Scottish Jacobite||John Black||309||1.0||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Eric Thompson||4,455||15.5||+3.9|
|Scottish Socialist||Les Robertson||2,494||8.7||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Coleshill||4,035||11.6||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|