|Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley|
for the Scottish Parliament
|Party||Scottish National Party|
|Council area||East Ayrshire|
|Created from||Kilmarnock and Loudoun|
Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, it is one of nine constituencies in the South Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to the nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
The other eight constituencies of the South Scotland region are Ayr, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Clydesdale, Dumfriesshire, East Lothian, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Galloway and West Dumfries and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.
The region covers the Dumfries and Galloway council area, part of the East Ayrshire council area, part of the East Lothian council area, part of the Midlothian council area, the Scottish Borders council area, the South Ayrshire council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.
Constituency boundaries and council area
The electoral wards in the Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley constituency are:
- Annick, Kilmarnock North, Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse, Kilmarnock East and Hurlford, Kilmarnock South, Irvine Valley
The Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley constituency is a part-urban part-rural constituency located along the northern half of the East Ayrshire council area. Towards the south-west of the constituency is the town of Kilmarnock and its adjoining towns and villages. Kilmarnock is a former industrial town which is mostly made up of social housing, with some suburban housing towards the western end of the town. To the east of the town, along the valley of the River Irvine, is a string of industrial towns and villages such as Galston and Newmilns located within the parish of Loudoun. The region was once dependent upon the manufacture of textiles before the industry's collapse throughout the mid-20th Century. The north of the constituency is mostly made up of farmlands, with the historic town of Stewarton lying directly north of Kilmarnock along the Annick Water.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|2011||Willie Coffey||Scottish National Party|
|Scottish Libertarian||Stef Johnstone|
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen McQuistin|
|Abolish the Scottish Parliament|
|All for Unity|
|Independent Green Voice|
|Liberal Democrats||Rebecca Plenderleith||888||2.6||+0.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Robbie Simpson||614||1.9||N/A|
|SNP win (new seat)|