Aberdeen Donside (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|Aberdeen Donside shown within the North East Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland|
|Council area||Aberdeen City|
|Party||Scottish National Party|
Aberdeen Donside is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of ten constituencies in the North East Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
The other nine constituencies of the North East Scotland region are Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Aberdeenshire East, Aberdeenshire West, Angus North and Mearns, Angus South, Banffshire and Buchan Coast, Dundee City East and Dundee City West.
Constituency boundaries and council area
The Holyrood constituency is within the Aberdeen City council area, which is divided between three constituencies: Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen Donside and Aberdeen South and North Kincardine. Central and Donside are entirely within the city area, while South and North Kincardine also takes in North Kincardine in the Aberdeenshire council area.
Following their First Periodic review of parliamentary constituencies to the Scottish Parliament, the Boundary Commission for Scotland created three newly shaped seats for the Aberdeen City council area.
In forming the new Aberdeen Donside, the electoral wards used are:
- In full: Dyce/Bucksburn/Danestone, Bridge of Don, Kingswells/Sheddocksley, Northfield
- In part: Hilton/Stockethill (shared with Aberdeen Central)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|Aberdeen Donside By-Election, 20 June 2013|
|Liberal Democrats||Christine Jardine||1,940||8.3||+2.3|
|Scottish Green||Rhonda Reekie||410||1.8||N/A|
|National Front||Dave MacDonald||249||1.1||+0.3|
|Scottish Christian||Tom Morrow||222||0.9||N/A|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Aberdeen Donside|
|SNP||Brian Adam||14,790||55.4||+ 10.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Millie McLeod||1,606||6.0||-10|
|National Front||Christopher Willett||213||0.8||+0.8|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Aberdeen Donside|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Aberdeen North|
|Liberal Democrats||Steve Delaney||3,836||15.4||-7.6|
Politics and history of the constituency
Prior to the 2011 election, the Liberal Democrat candidate (Cllr Gordon Leslie), stood down amid allegations related to prostitution.
- Passengers’ flight tax rise may cost country £80m, Press & Journal, February 18th, 2011
- Lib Dem candidate stands down over prostitute charges, BBC News, February 22nd, 2011