Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 55°46′34″N 2°24′40″W / 55.776°N 2.411°W / 55.776; -2.411

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
County constituency
BerwickshireRoxburghSelkirkConstituency.svg
Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk shown within Scotland
Created: 2005
MP: Michael Moore
Party: Liberal Democrat
Type: House of Commons
Council areas: Scottish Borders
EP constituency: Scotland

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk is a constituency of the British House of Commons, located in the south of Scotland within the Scottish Borders council area. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) at least once every five years using the first-past-the-post system of voting.

Currently, the seat is held by the Liberal Democrat Michael Moore, the Secretary of State for Scotland from May 2010 to October 2013. Moore has held the seat since its creation in 2005, and was MP for the predecessor seat of Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale from 1997-2005. The seat and its predecessor seats have had a strong Liberal presence since the 1960s, with former Liberal leader David Steel having represented the seat from 1965 to 1997. The Conservative Party are the main challengers to the seat, and they hold the equivalent Holyrood seat. The seat is notable for producing the lowest percentage vote share for Labour in Scotland at the 2010 general election.

A mostly rural seat, it includes the towns of Eyemouth, Hawick, Galashiels, Duns, Jedburgh and Selkirk.

Boundaries[edit]

As created by the Fifth Review of the Boundary Commission for Scotland the constituency is one of six covering the Dumfries and Galloway council area, the Scottish Borders council area and the South Lanarkshire council area. The other five constituencies are: Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, Lanark and Hamilton East and Rutherglen and Hamilton West.

The Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency covers part of the Scottish Borders council area. The rest of the council area is covered by the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency, which also covers part of the Dumfries and Galloway council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.

The Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency is predominantly rural, and includes the towns of Eyemouth, Hawick, Galashiels, Duns, Jedburgh and Selkirk.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
2005 Michael Moore Liberal Democrat

Elections[edit]

General Election 2010: Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Michael Moore 22,230 45.4 +3.5
Conservative John Lamont 16,555 33.8 +4.9
Labour Ian Miller 5,003 10.2 -5.7
SNP Paul Wheelhouse 4,497 9.2 +0.6
UKIP Sherry Fowler 595 1.2 -0.1
Scottish Jacobite Chris Black 134 0.3 +0.3
Majority 5,675 11.6
Turnout 49,014 66.4 +2.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -0.7
General Election 2005: Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Michael Moore 18,993 41.8 -5.0
Conservative John Lamont 13,092 28.8 +6.8
Labour Sam Held 7,206 15.9 -1.0
SNP Aileen Orr 3,885 8.6 -2.8
Liberal John Hein 916 2.0 +1.6
Scottish Socialist Graeme McIver 695 1.5 0.0
UKIP Peter Neilson 601 1.3 +0.3
Majority 5,901 13.0
Turnout 45,388 63.3 +3.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -5.9

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