Glasgow South West: New Boundaries 2018 Calculation

Glasgow South West: Overview

 Projection: SNP seat 

Implied MP at 2017: Chris Stephens  (SNP)
County/Area: Glasgow area (Scotland)
Electorate: 76,138
Turnout: 56.7%

 Implied 2017 VotesImplied 2017 Share
SNP17,51140.6%
LAB16,47738.2%
CON7,66817.8%
LIB1,0972.5%
UKIP3830.9%
SNP Majority1,0342.4%

See overview of other seats in Scotland.

Glasgow South West : Political and Demographic indicators

The table below shows some political and demographic numerical indicators for the new Glasgow South West constituency, the 'Scotland' area and nation.

The political measures include the Left/Right and International/National axes (what does this mean).

The demographic measures are from the 2011 Census and include categories relating to national identity, economic activity, health and education. These categories are those which have the most relevance to political attitudes.

IndicatorSeatScotlandAll GB
Party WinnerSNPSNPCON
Economic Position19° Left14° Left
National Position19° Int17° Int1° Int
EU Leave %36%38%52%
British Identity26%27%29%
Good Health44%52%48%
UK Born96%93%88%
Good Education37%36%39%
Good Job49%49%51%
High SEC51%55%51%
Average Age52.248.748.5
ABC1 Class50%50%53%

Glasgow South West ranks #549 for "Leave", #570 for "Right" and #529 for "National" out of 600 new seats.

Indicators: Legend and Descriptions

Indicators : Legend and Descriptions

The colour scheme used in the table above is explained in the legend table below. The eight census indicators (British Identity, Good Health, UK Born, Good Education, Good Job, High SEC, Average Age and AB1 Class) all use the same 'Census' colour scheme indicating whether the area's level is above or below the national average.

TopicCat 1Cat 2Cat 3Cat 4Cat 5
Economic PositionVery LeftLeftCentristRightVery Right
National PositionVery IntInternationalCentristNationalVery Nat
EU Leave %Very RemainRemainBalancedLeaveVery Leave
CensusVery LowLowMediumHighVery High

Indicator definitions are given in terms of political data definitions or census categories:

IndicatorCensus
Question
Definition / Included Census Categories
Party WinnerArea party winner : actual election result or projected by Electoral Calculus
Economic PositionEconomic position between 100° Left and 100° Right, estimated by Electoral Calculus from political and demographic data.
National PositionNational position between 100° International and 100° National, estimated by Electoral Calculus from political and demographic data.
EU Leave %EU Referendum vote share for 'Leave' : actual result or estimate
British IdentityNational Identity (KS202)Those answering British, British-Other, or Scottish-British
Good HealthHealth (KS301)Those answering 'Very Good Health'
UK BornCountry of Birth (QS203)Those answering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, GB Other, or UK Other
Good EducationHighest level of Qualification (QS501)Level 3 (A-level equivalent) or Level 4+ (degree equivalent)
Good JobOccupation (QS606)Occupation codes 1xx to 4xx (Managers, Professionals, Associates, and office workers)
High SECNS-SeC of Household Reference Person (QS609)National Statistics Socio-economic Classification from 1 to 4 (higher managers and professionals, lower managers and professionals, intermediate occupations, small employers and self-employed).
Average AgeAge (QS103)Average age of adults (18 years and above)
ABC1 ClassApproximated Social Grade (QS611)Approximated social grades A, B and C1

Glasgow South West: Map

Boundary Lines courtesy of Ordnance Survey OpenData © Crown copyright 2015

Introduction

This page shows the detail of the calculations performed to estimate the general election result for 2017 had the new boundaries for Glasgow South West been in force at that time. The basic idea of the calculation is to look at the district council wards which make up the new seat, and estimate how they voted in 2017. This estimate is based on the recent local election results in those wards, with adjustments made to allow for different turnouts and different voting patterns for local and general elections.

In many cases, wards are divided between several old constituencies or between new constituencies. So the same ward may be shown more than once, but the electorate shown will reflect that ward sub-section.

Election results from a recent local election are given. This is usually the local election closest to 2015 from the period 2012-2015. For multiple-member wards, the votes shown are the sum of the votes cast for all candidates of each party. A negative number indicates candidate(s) elected unopposed.

Calculation method

There are two problems with using the raw (actual) local election results to imply general election results ward-by-ward. Firstly, turnout can be different between local and general elections, which means that the total number of local votes cast does not equal the number of votes cast in each old seat at the general election. To correct for this, we adjust the local votes to match the general election turnout. Each ward's result is scaled, whilst keeping constant the percentage support for each party, so that the total turnout adds up to the old seat's general election turnout. All wards in the old seat are assumed to have the same percentage turnout.

Secondly, even though we now have the correct number of votes in the old seat, the party totals will not match the general election result. Some parties do better at the local election than the general election, and others do vice versa. We call these strong and weak parties respectively. The next step is to transfer votes from strong parties to weak parties. This is done by taking votes proportionally away from strong parties and putting them in a transfer pool. For instance if a party got 12,500 local votes, but only 10,000 general election votes, it will lose 20% over all the wards. These votes in each ward will be put in the ward's transfer pool and allocated to the weak parties. Weak parties will get votes transferred to them in proportion to the votes they need over the old seat. For instance, if two weak parties need 4,000 and 1,000 votes respectively, the first party will get 80% of each ward's transfer pool and the second party will get 20% of each ward's transfer pool. The transfer of votes between parties is done using the Electoral Calculus Transition Model.

More details of the calculation formulas are available.

List of old seats forming part of Glasgow South West

The old seat(s) needed are:

Old seat: Glasgow Central

The table shows the transfer-adjusted results for each ward in the old seat of Glasgow Central, as well as showing which new seat each ward is in.

Old seat: Glasgow CentralTransfer-adjusted Results
DistrictWardElectorate
2017
New SeatCON
Votes
LAB
Votes
LIB
Votes
UKIP
Votes
Green
Votes
SNP
Votes
MIN
Votes
OTH
Votes
Total
Votes
GlasgowAnderston / City20,859Glasgow Central1,6734,770258004,9640011,665
GlasgowCalton10,327Glasgow East5902,61491002,480005,775
GlasgowEast Centre61 416000130033
GlasgowGovan6,165Glasgow Central;
Glasgow South West
5281,139121001,660003,448
GlasgowLangside201Glasgow South East14398005000111
GlasgowPollokshields7,972Glasgow South West1,0241,206291001,937004,458
GlasgowSouthside Central18,761Glasgow South East1,1824,044276004,9900010,492
 Total64,346 5,01513,8281,0450016,0940035,982

The full details of these calculations are given on the Glasgow Central seat details page. Click on "Show workings".

Old seat: Glasgow South

The table shows the transfer-adjusted results for each ward in the old seat of Glasgow South, as well as showing which new seat each ward is in.

Old seat: Glasgow SouthTransfer-adjusted Results
DistrictWardElectorate
2017
New SeatCON
Votes
LAB
Votes
LIB
Votes
UKIP
Votes
Green
Votes
SNP
Votes
MIN
Votes
OTH
Votes
Total
Votes
GlasgowLangside17,907Glasgow South East2,0783,971351005,1400011,540
GlasgowLinn23,387Glasgow South East2,2786,300662005,8320015,072
GlasgowNewlands / Auldburn17,159Glasgow South East;
Glasgow South West
2,4014,074207004,3760011,058
GlasgowPollokshields9,043Glasgow South West1,5851,538219002,486005,828
GlasgowSouthside Central1,630Glasgow South East164402700478001,051
 Total69,126 8,50616,2851,4460018,3120044,549

The full details of these calculations are given on the Glasgow South seat details page. Click on "Show workings".

Old seat: Glasgow South West

The table shows the transfer-adjusted results for each ward in the old seat of Glasgow South West, as well as showing which new seat each ward is in.

Old seat: Glasgow South WestTransfer-adjusted Results
DistrictWardElectorate
2017
New SeatCON
Votes
LAB
Votes
LIB
Votes
UKIP
Votes
Green
Votes
SNP
Votes
MIN
Votes
OTH
Votes
Total
Votes
GlasgowCraigton22,626Glasgow South West1,7135,74319621004,8450012,707
GlasgowGovan15,683Glasgow Central;
Glasgow South West
1,7672,80820911803,907008,809
GlasgowGreater Pollok24,682Glasgow South West2,0455,77425615305,6340013,862
 Total62,991 5,52514,325661481014,3860035,378

The full details of these calculations are given on the Glasgow South West seat details page. Click on "Show workings".

New seat: Glasgow South West

The new seat of Glasgow South West is made up of the following wards, with the transfer-adjusted votes shown.

New seat: Glasgow South West
DistrictWardElectorate
2017
Old Seat CON
Votes
LAB
Votes
LIB
Votes
UKIP
Votes
Green
Votes
SNP
Votes
MIN
Votes
OTH
Votes
Total
Votes
GlasgowCraigton23,078Glasgow South West1,7135,74319621004,8450012,707
GlasgowGovan1,073Glasgow Central111192166027000595
GlasgowGovan2,730Glasgow South West28348741150687001,513
GlasgowGreater Pollok24,844Glasgow South West2,0455,77425615305,6340013,862
GlasgowNewlands / Auldburn6,592Glasgow South9061,53778001,651004,172
GlasgowPollokshields8,350Glasgow Central1,2221,286239002,072004,819
GlasgowPollokshields9,471Glasgow South1,3871,458271002,351005,467
 Total76,138 7,66716,4771,097384017,5100043,135

And these are the implied results for 2017 for the new seat of Glasgow South West.


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