Aberdeen South (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Aberdeen South
Scottish Parliament
burgh constituency
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North East Scotland 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Aberdeen South shown within the North East Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
Abolished 2011
Council area Aberdeen City (part)

Aberdeen South 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 nine constituencies in the North East Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

For the Scottish Parliament election, 2011, Aberdeen South is to be expanded into Aberdeenshire for the newly created constituency of Aberdeen South and North Kincardine

Electoral region[edit]

See also North East Scotland Scottish Parliament region

The other eight constituencies of the North East Scotland region are Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen North, Angus, Banff and Buchan, Dundee East, Dundee West, Gordon and West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

The region covers the Aberdeenshire council area, the Aberdeen City council area, the Dundee City council area, part of the Angus council area, a small part of the Moray council area and a small part of the Perth and Kinross council area.

Constituency boundaries[edit]

The Aberdeen South constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of an existing Westminster constituency. In 2005, however, the boundaries of the Westminster (House of Commons) constituency were subject to some alteration.

Council area[edit]

The Holyrood constituency is within the Aberdeen City council area, which is divided between three North East Scotland constituencies: Aberdeen South, Aberdeen Central and Aberdeen North. All three are entirely within the city area.

Boundary review[edit]

See Scottish Parliament constituencies and regions from 2011

Following their First Periodic review of parliamentary constituencies to the Scottish Parliament, the Boundary Commission for Scotland has created three newly shaped seats for the Aberdeen City council area. These seats, to be formed in time for the next elections in 2011, are Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen Donside, and Aberdeen South and North Kincardine.

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Nicol Stephen Liberal Democrat
2003
2007

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Aberdeen South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Nicol Stephen 10,843 36.3 -9.6
SNP Maureen Watt 8,111 27.1 +12.8
Labour Rami Okasha 5,499 18.4 -0.9
Conservative David Davidson 5,432 18.2 +0.8
Majority 2,731 9.1
Turnout 29,885 52.7 +1.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -11.2%
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Aberdeen South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Nicol Stephen 13,821 45.9 +13.3
Labour Richard Baker 5,805 19.3 -8.2
Conservative Ian Duncan 5,230 17.4 -2.8
SNP Maureen Watt 4,315 14.3 -4.8
Scottish Socialist Keith Farnsworth 953 3.2 N/A
Majority 8,016 26.6
Turnout 30,124 51.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +10.8
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Aberdeen South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Nicol Stephen 11,300 32.6 N/A
Labour Mike Elrick 9,540 27.5 N/A
Conservative Nanette Milne 6,993 20.2 N/A
SNP Irene McGugan 6,651 19.2 N/A
Socialist Workers Scott Sutherland 206 0.6 N/A
Majority 1,760 6.1
Turnout 28,690
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Politics and history of the constituency[edit]

Preceded by
Orkney
Constituency represented by the Deputy First Minister
2005 – 2007
Succeeded by
Glasgow Govan