Dumfriesshire (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Scottish Parliament
Dumfiresshire (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
South Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Dumfriesshire shown within the South Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 2011
MSP Elaine Murray
Council area Dumfries and Galloway
Party Labour

Dumfriesshire is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. It is also one of nine constituencies in the South of 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 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the constituency of Dumfries was abolished, with the constituency being divided between two new constituencies; Dumfriesshire and Galloway and West Dumfries.

Electoral region[edit]

The other eight constituencies of the South Scotland region are Ayr, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Clydesdale, East Lothian, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Galloway and West Dumfries, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.

The region covers the Dumfries and Galloway council area, part of the East Ayrshire council area, part of the East Lothian council area, part of the Midlothian council area, the Scottish Borders council area, the South Ayrshire council area and part of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

Dumfries and Galloway is represented in the Scottish Parliament by two constituencies: Dumfriesshire and Galloway and West Dumfries.

The electoral wards in the Dumfriesshire constituency are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

As Dumfries

Election Member Party
1999 Elaine Murray Labour

As Dumfriesshire

Election Member Party
2011 Elaine Murray Labour

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Dumfriesshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Murray 12,624 39.6 +4.7
Conservative Gillian Dykes 9,468 29.7 -7.3
SNP Aileen Orr 8,384 26.3 +6.6
Liberal Democrats Richard Brodie 1,419 4.4 -3.9
Majority 3,156 9.9
Rejected ballots 112 {{{change}}}
Turnout 32,007 53.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 5.2
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Dumfriesshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 11,499 37.0
Labour 10,850 34.9
SNP 6,107 19.6
Liberal Democrats 2,604 8.4
Others 50 0.2
Majority 649 2.1
Conservative hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Dumfries
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Murray 13,707 41.0 +1.0
Conservative Murray Tosh 10,860 32.5 -4.1
SNP Michael Russell 6,306 18.9 +6.7
Liberal Democrats Lynne Hume 2,538 7.6 +0.1
Majority 2,839 8.5
Rejected ballots 1006 {{{change}}}
Turnout 33,419 53.5 +1.3
Labour hold Swing 2.6
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Dumfries
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Murray 12,834 39.97 +3.2
Conservative David Mundell 11,738 36.56 +9.3
SNP Andrew Wood 3,931 12.24 -7.6
Liberal Democrats Clare Humblen 2394 7.46 -8.7
Scottish Socialist John Dennis 1213 3.78 n/a
Majority 1,096 3.41 -6.11
Turnout 32,110
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Dumfries
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elaine Murray 14,101 36.74 n/a
Conservative David Mundell 10,447 27.22 n/a
SNP James Donaldson 7,625 19.87 n/a
Liberal Democrats Iain Haughie 6,209 16.18 n/a
Majority 3,654 n/a
Turnout 38,382 n/a