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South Lanarkshire
Sooth Lanrikshire
Siorrachd Lannraig a Deas
Logo Coat of arms
Logo Coat of arms
Location
South Lanarkshire in Scotland.svg
Geography
Area Ranked
 - Total
 - % Water  ?
Admin HQ Hamilton
ISO 3166-2 GB-SLK
ONS code S12000029
Demographics
Population Ranked
 - Total (2006)
 - Density
Politics
South Lanarkshire Council
Almada Street
Hamilton
South Lanarkshire
ML3 0AA
southlanarkshire.gov.uk
Control  
MPs * Angela Crawley (Lanark and Hamilton East)
  • Lisa Cameron (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)
  • Margaret Ferrier (Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
  • David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale)
MSPs * Aileen Campbell
  • Linda Fabiani
  • James Kelly
  • Michael McMahon
  • Christina McKelvie
Scotland

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 suburbs. It also contains many 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 part 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

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|- | style="background-color: #DC241F; width: 3px;" |   | style="width: 130px;" |Scottish Labour Party | style="text-align:right; " | 33 | style="text-align:right; " | 4 | style="text-align:right; " | 1 | style="text-align:right; " | +3 | style="text-align:right; " | 49.3 | style="text-align:right; " | 43.18 | style="text-align:right; " | 39,895 | style="text-align:right; " | +3.58 |-

|- | style="background-color: #FFFF00; width: 3px;" |   | style="width: 130px;" |SNP | style="text-align:right; " | 28 | style="text-align:right; " | 4 | style="text-align:right; " | 0 | style="text-align:right; " | +4 | style="text-align:right; " | 41.7 | style="text-align:right; " | 36.37 | style="text-align:right; " | 33,598 | style="text-align:right; " | +7.17 |-

|- | style="background-color: #0087DC; width: 3px;" |   | style="width: 130px;" |Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party | style="text-align:right; " | 3 | style="text-align:right; " | 0 | style="text-align:right; " | 5 | style="text-align:right; " | -5 | style="text-align:right; " | 4.5 | style="text-align:right; " | 10.84 | style="text-align:right; " | 10,015 | style="text-align:right; " | -2.06 |-

|- | style="background-color: #DDDDDD; width: 3px;" |   | style="width: 130px;" |Independent | style="text-align:right; " | 2 | style="text-align:right; " | 1 | style="text-align:right; " | 2 | style="text-align:right; " | -1 | style="text-align:right; " | 3.0 | style="text-align:right; " | 2.96 | style="text-align:right; " | 2,734 | style="text-align:right; " | -2.24 |-

|- | style="background-color: #fdbb30; width: 3px;" |   | style="width: 130px;" |Scottish Liberal Democrats | style="text-align:right; " | 1 | style="text-align:right; " | 0 | style="text-align:right; " | 1 | style="text-align:right; " | -1 | style="text-align:right; " | 1.5 | style="text-align:right; " | 2.75 | style="text-align:right; " | 2,544 | style="text-align:right; " | -4.45 |-

|- | style="background-color: #62A439; width: 3px;" |   | style="width: 130px;" |Scottish Green Party | style="text-align:right; " | 0 | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | 1.44 | style="text-align:right; " | 1,326 | style="text-align:right; " | -1.26 |-

|- | style="background-color: Template:East Kilbride Alliance/meta/color; width: 3px;" |   | style="width: 130px;" |East Kilbride Alliance | style="text-align:right; " | 0 | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | 0.74 | style="text-align:right; " | 681 | style="text-align:right; " | -0.46 |-

|- | style="background-color: #70147A; width: 3px;" |   | style="width: 130px;" |United Kingdom Independence Party | style="text-align:right; " | 0 | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | 0.56 | style="text-align:right; " | 515 | style="text-align:right; " | +0.56 |-

|- | style="background-color: Template:Scottish Unionist Party (1986)/meta/color; width: 3px;" |   | style="width: 130px;" |Scottish Unionist Party (1986) | style="text-align:right; " | 0 | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | 0.30 | style="text-align:right; " | 278 | style="text-align:right; " | -0.40 |-

|- | style="background-color: Template:Scottish Christian Party/meta/color; width: 3px;" |   | style="width: 130px;" |Scottish Christian Party | style="text-align:right; " | 0 | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | 0.25 | style="text-align:right; " | 230 | style="text-align:right; " | +0.15 |-

|- | style="background-color: Template:Christian Peoples Alliance/meta/color; width: 3px;" |   | style="width: 130px;" |Christian Peoples Alliance | style="text-align:right; " | 0 | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | 0.23 | style="text-align:right; " | 209 | style="text-align:right; " | +0.23 |-

|- | style="background-color: Template:Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party/meta/color; width: 3px;" |   | style="width: 130px;" |Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party | style="text-align:right; " | 0 | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | 0.22 | style="text-align:right; " | 199 | style="text-align:right; " | +0.22 |-

|- | style="background-color: #a22f32; width: 3px;" |   | style="width: 130px;" |Solidarity (Scotland) | style="text-align:right; " | 0 | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | - | style="text-align:right; " | 0.18 | style="text-align:right; " | 166 | style="text-align:right; " | -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

  • Hamilton Mausoleum
  • Bothwell Castle
  • Strathaven Castle
  • John Hastie Museum, Strathaven
  • Low Parks Museum, Hamilton
  • Rutherglen Town Hall and medieval church tower
  • Chatelherault Country Park, near Hamilton, including Cadzow Castle
  • Craignethan Castle
  • David Livingstone Centre, in Blantyre
  • Dollan Baths, East Kilbride
  • Falls of Clyde
  • Little Sparta, near Dunsyre near Lanark
  • New Lanark, a World Heritage Site
  • Clyde Valley
  • Sites of the Battle of Drumclog and the Battle of Bothwell Bridge

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