Dundee East (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Dundee East in Scotland.
|Subdivisions of Scotland||Angus/City of Dundee|
|Member of parliament||Stewart Hosie (SNP)|
|European Parliament constituency||Scotland|
Dundee East is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (at Westminster). Created for the 1950 general election, it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post voting system.
Its MP, since 2005, has been Stewart Hosie of the Scottish National Party (SNP). On 14 November 2014, Hosie was elected deputy leader of the party, succeeding Nicola Sturgeon, who was elected the party leader.
Fanning out from the city's docklands, Dundee East takes in a series of mixed residential areas as far as the town of Carnoustie and the affluent suburb of Monifieth in the north-west. Prosperous middle-class enclaves like Barnhill and Broughty Ferry contrast with older tenement districts and council estates like Douglas and Whitfield.
Following the Representation of the People Act 1948, the seat of Dundee East was described as being formed from:
Between 1955 and 1974, the description of the seat changed to;
- The Barnhill, Broughty Ferry, Craigie, Harbour, Hilltown, and Linlathen wards
Between 1974 and 1983 the electoral wards used in the creation of Dundee East were altered again, to comprise Broughty Ferry, Caird, Craigie, Douglas, Harbour and Hilltown. For the period from 1983 to 1997, this altered to the whole of electoral divisions 11 - 20 of the City of Dundee, whilst the period from 1997 to 2005 this changed to the whole of ward 7, parts of wards 4-6 and 8.
Prior to the 2005 election, both constituencies were entirely within the city area, and north-eastern and north-western areas of the city were within the Angus constituency. Scottish Parliament constituencies retain the older boundaries.
The electoral boundaries used from 2005 comprise either the whole or part of the electoral wards of Monifieth and Sidlaw, Carnoustie and District, The Ferry, East End, North East, Maryfield, Strathmartine, and an uninhabited slice of Kirriemuir and Dean ward.
Politics and history of the constituency
The Dundee East constituency has been a marginal seat between the SNP and Labour since the 1973 byelection. Although Labour won the seat in that by-election, the SNP established itself as the clear challenger and continued to advance, winning the seat in the next general election. Labour were thought to have underperformed in not winning the seat back in the 1979 general election, and the choice of the former Communist Jimmy Reid as Labour candidate was blamed for the loss. John McAllion regained the constituency for Labour at the 1987 general election.
Boundary changes which came into force in 2005 brought in many voters from more suburban areas formerly in the Angus constituency. Although estimates of the 2001 general election result on the new boundaries showed Labour ahead, the lead was exceptionally narrow, and after the SNP won the Scottish Parliament seat on the original boundaries in 2003, a close fight was expected (and occurred) in the 2005 general election. The constituency was gained by the SNP's Stewart Hosie, who won the constituency with a 1.0% vote majority ahead of Labour in 2005, which he increased to 4.5% at the 2010 general election.
In 2015 the incumbent SNP MP Stewart Hosie retained the seat with a majority of 19,162 (39.8%). This was the largest majority of any of the 56 SNP MPs in percentage terms, although a slightly larger numerical majority was achieved in Falkirk.
Members of Parliament
|1952 by-election||George Thomson||Labour|
|1973 by-election||George Machin||Labour|
|Feb 1974||Gordon Wilson||SNP|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Craig Duncan||1,387||2.9||−7.7|
|Scottish Green||Helen Grayshan||895||1.9||+0.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Clive Sneddon||4,285||10.6||−0.8|
|Scottish Green||Shiona Baird||542||1.3||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||Angela Gorrie||254||0.6||−0.7|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Clive Sneddon||4,498||11.4||+2.7|
|Scottish Socialist||Harvey Duke||537||1.4||−1.2|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing||+1.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Raymond Lawrie||2,784||8.6||+4.5|
|Scottish Socialist||Harvey Duke||879||2.7||+2.1|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Gurudeo Saluja||1,677||4.1||0.0|
|Scottish Socialist||Harvey Duke||232||0.6||N/A|
|Natural Law||Elisabeth Mackenzie||146||0.4||+0.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Ian Yuill||1,725||4.1||−0.5|
|Scottish Green||Shiona Baird||205||0.5||N/A|
|Natural Law||Ronald Baxter||77||0.2||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|SNP||Robert Gordon Wilson||18,524||40.14||−3.7|
|Conservative||Paul Stanley Cook||5,938||12.87||−2.6|
|Liberal||Margo Kerr von Romberg||2,143||4.64||−3.1|
|Labour gain from SNP||Swing|
|SNP||Robert Gordon Wilson||20,276||43.8||+2.1|
|Conservative||Mrs Barbara Vaughan||7,712||15.5||−2.7|
|Liberal||Stephen William Rottger||3,546||7.7||+3.1|
Elections in the 1970s
|SNP||Robert Gordon Wilson||20,497||41.7||−6.7|
|Conservative||Brian James Taggart Townsend||9,072||18.2||+1.4|
|Liberal||Charles Gilchrist Brodie||2,317||4.6||+1.8|
|Workers Revolutionary||Roy Battersby||95||0.2||N/A|
|SNP||Robert Gordon Wilson||22,120||47.7|
|Conservative||William Charles Walker||7,784||16.8|
|Liberal||Charles Gilchrist Brodie||1,302||2.8|
|SNP||Robert Gordon Wilson||20,066||39.53|
|Conservative||James George Clyde||13,371||26.34|
|Christian Democratic Socialist||James Gourlay||220||0.43|
|SNP gain from Labour||Swing|
|Dundee East by-election, 1973|
|SNP||Robert Gordon Wilson||13,270||30.1|
|Labour Party of Scotland||George MacLean||1,409||3.2|
|Independent||John S Thomson||182||0.4|
|Labour||George M. Thomson||22,630||48.34|
|World Government Radical||E. G. Macfarlane||176||0.38|
Elections in the 1960s
|Conservative||John Leslie Marshall||19,804||43.68|
|Liberal National||John Leslie Marshall||21,499||45.20|
Elections in the 1950s
|Liberal National||RA McCrindle||22,082||45.68|
|Liberal National||R. R. Taylor||21,606||45.73|
|SNP||Donald James Stewart||2,931|
|Labour win (new seat)|
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