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South Lanarkshire
Sooth Lanrikshire
Siorrachd Lannraig a Deas
South Lanarkshire in Scotland.svg
Coat of arms of South LanarkshireSooth LanrikshireSiorrachd Lannraig a Deas
Coat of arms
Official logo of South LanarkshireSooth LanrikshireSiorrachd Lannraig a Deas
Council logo
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Lieutenancy area Lanarkshire
Admin HQ Hamilton
Government
 • Body South Lanarkshire Council
Almada Street
Hamilton
South Lanarkshire
ML3 0AA
southlanarkshire.gov.uk
Area rank Ranked
Population
 (mid-2015 est.)
 • Total 317,100
 • Rank Ranked
ONS code S12000029
ISO 3166 code GB-SLK
Largest town East Kilbride
Largest urban area Hamilton, South Lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire (Scots: Sooth Lanrikshire; Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig a Deas) is one of 32 unitary authorities of Scotland. It borders the south-east of the City of Glasgow and contains some of Greater Glasgow's suburban towns, also containing many rural towns and villages. It also shares borders with Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, the Scottish Borders and West Lothian. It includes most of the historic county of Lanarkshire.

South Lanarkshire Council

South Lanarkshire Council has its headquarters in Hamilton, has 16,000 employees, and a budget of almost £1bn. The large and varied council area takes in rural and upland areas, market towns such as Lanark, Strathaven and Carluke, the urban burghs of Rutherglen, Cambuslang, and East Kilbride which was Scotland's first new town.

There are 20 council wards in South Lanarkshire, each represented on the council by 3 or 4 elected councillors using single transferable vote. South Lanarkshire operates a cabinet style system, with key decisions being taken by the Executive Committee, under the leadership of the Council Leader, and approved by the council, led by the provost.

South Lanarkshire shares borders with the unitary authorities of Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, City of Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, West Lothian and Scottish Borders.

The area was formed in 1996, from the areas of Clydesdale, Hamilton and East Kilbride districts, and some outer areas of Glasgow District (Rutherglen/Fernhill, Cambuslang/Halfway and part of King's Park/Toryglen).

Political composition

South Lanarkshire Local Election Result 2012
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 33 4 1 +3 49.3 43.18 39,895 +3.58
  SNP 28 4 0 +4 41.7 36.37 33,598 +7.17
  Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 3 0 5 -5 4.5 10.84 10,015 -2.06
  Independent 2 1 2 -1 3.0 2.96 2,734 -2.24
  Liberal Democrats 1 0 1 -1 1.5 2.75 2,544 -4.45
  Green 0 - - - - 1.44 1,326 -1.26
style="background-color: Template:East Kilbride Alliance/meta/color; width: 3px;" |   East Kilbride Alliance 0 - - - - 0.74 681 -0.46
  UKIP 0 - - - - 0.56 515 +0.56
  Scottish Unionist Party (1986) 0 - - - - 0.30 278 -0.40
  Scottish Christian 0 - - - - 0.25 230 +0.15
  CPA 0 - - - - 0.23 209 +0.23
  Scottish Senior Citizens 0 - - - - 0.22 199 +0.22
  Solidarity 0 - - - - 0.18 166 -0.02

Since the 2012 local government election, a by-election was held for Rutherglen South (Ward 11) on Thursday 14 February 2013 and for Hamilton South (Ward 19) on Thursday 24 October 2013. The current political composition is 2 Independents, 3 Conservative, 35 Labour, 1 Liberal Democrat and 26 SNP. The Council is currently ruled by a Labour Group majority administration.

Towns and villages

Principal settlements

Other settlements

Places of interest

Tertiary education

  • South Lanarkshire College
  • University of the West of Scotland (formerly Bell College, University Of Paisley)

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