East Lothian (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|East Lothian shown within the South Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland|
|Council area||East Lothian|
East Lothian 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. Also, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the South 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.
The other eight constituencies of the South Scotland region are Ayr, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Clydesdale, Dumfriesshire, 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
The East Lothian 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, Scottish Westminster (House of Commons) constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.
Following their first Periodic Review into Scottish Parliament constituencies, the Boundary Commission for Scotland recommended the formation of a modified East Lothian, with the Musselburgh electorate wards part of a redrawn Midlothian North and Musselburgh constituency.
East Lothian is formed from the following electoral wards:
- Preston/Seton/Gosford, Fa’side, North Berwick Coastal, Haddington and Lammermuir, Dunbar and East Linton
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|Member||Party||Took office||Left office|
|John Home Robertson||Labour||1999||2007|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2011: East Lothian|
|Liberal Democrats||Ettie Spencer||1,912||5.94||-12.6%|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: East Lothian|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007: East Lothian|
|Liberal Democrats||Judy Hayman||6,249||18.1||+1.3|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2003: East Lothian|
|Labour||John Home Robertson||13,683||43.85||−7.29|
|Liberal Democrats||Judy Hayman||5,508||17.65||+ 6.62|
|Conservative||Stuart Thomson||5,459||17.49||+ 1.68|
|Scottish Socialist||Hugh Kerr||1,380||4.42||+ 4.42|
|Scottish Parliament election, 1999: East Lothian|
|Labour||John Home Robertson||19,220||51.14||n/a|
|Liberal Democrats||Judy Hayman||4,147||11.03||n/a|