Paisley & Renfrewshire South

Parliamentary constituency
SNP GAIN FROM LAB

Results

Scottish National Party
, with candidate Mhairi Black
, have the following results:
  • 23,548 total votes taken.
  • 50.9% share of the total vote
  • +32.9% change in share of the votes
Labour
, with candidate Douglas Alexander
, have the following results:
  • 17,864 total votes taken.
  • 38.6% share of the total vote
  • -21.0% change in share of the votes
Conservative
, with candidate Fraser Galloway
, have the following results:
  • 3,526 total votes taken.
  • 7.6% share of the total vote
  • -2.3% change in share of the votes
Liberal Democrat
, with candidate Eileen McCartin
, have the following results:
  • 1,010 total votes taken.
  • 2.2% share of the total vote
  • -7.3% change in share of the votes
Scottish Socialist Party (SSP)
, with candidate Sandra Webster
, have the following results:
  • 278 total votes taken.
  • 0.6% share of the total vote
  • -0.3% change in share of the votes

Change compared with 2010

SNP majority: 5,684 12.3%
Turnout
75.4%

Vote share

Party %
SNP 50.9
LAB 38.6
CON 7.6
LD 2.2
SSP 0.6

Vote share change since 2010

-%
+%
SNP
+32.9
SSP
-0.3
CON
-2.3
LD
-7.3
LAB
-21.0

Latest updates Paisley & Renfrewshire South

06.05.2016

00:33

"Hushed atmosphere"

Keir Murray
BBC Scotland

The last of the ballot boxes has arrived from the three constituencies being counted at Braehead - Paisley, Renfrewshire South, and Renfrewshire North and West. There's a rather hushed atmosphere in the arena, akin to a disappointing church jumble sale.

08.05.2015

13:40

Labour wipeout in west of Scotland

The majority of Labour seats in Scotland are lost in constituencies in Glasgow and the west of the country.
06:32
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Former Labour adviser Paul Sinclair told Glenn Campbell said he was "deeply sad" to see Douglas Alexander lose his seat in Paisley and Renfrewshire South.

"I think it is bad for Scotland as well because he was a big figure," Mr Sinclair said.

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"He was my boss and I found him a man of great integrity, great intelligence. A great man and we have lost him."

03:23
Newsbeat

The UK's youngest MP for 350 years

Twenty-year-old Mhairi Black from the Scottish National Party has become the youngest MP since 1667.
03:13

Alexander out

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Former shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander lost his Paisley and Renfrewshire South seat to the SNP's Mhairi Black.

02:55

Douglas Alexander loses seat to SNP

Labour's Douglas Alexander loses his seat to SNP's Mhairi Black, a 20-year-old politics student at Glasgow University.
02:31

@BBCsarahsmith

Sarah Smith
BBC Scotland news
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Tweets: #GE0215 amazing result as 20yr old SNP student beats Douglas Alexander. Emblematic of very bad night for Scot Lab

02:31

New SNP MSP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South

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SNP Mhairi Black is currently in her final year studying politics and public policy at the University of Glasgow, she is 20 years old. She volunteers for different organisations such as Oxfam. She was actively involved during the referendum by campaigning and speaking at various events throughout the campaign.

02:27

@TimReidBBC

Tim Reid
Political correspondent, BBC News
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Tweets: Douglas Alexander out

02:26

@Godden78

Steven Godden
BBC Scotland
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Tweets: SNP win Paisley & Renfrewshire South

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Constituency profile

The industrial east of the Paisley and Renfrewshire South seat takes in the southern half of Paisley itself, as well as the smaller Clydeside town of Johnstone. The constituency also covers large tracts of rural Renfrewshire, including a number of villages around the many lochs in the area.

Paisley grew up on the traditional linen trade and today the main sources of employment are in the electronics, communications, food, and oil and micro-technology industries. The southern part of the seat is less prosperous than the north, possibly due to it being further from the motorway and the airport.

Labour's Douglas Alexander, a former UK government cabinet member, won the former Paisley South seat in a 1997 by-election. He won the new Paisley and Renfrewshire South seat in 2005 with a majority of 16,614 votes.