East Lothian (UK Parliament constituency)

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East Lothian
County constituency
EastLothianConstituency.svg
East Lothian shown within Scotland
Created: 1983
MP: Fiona O'Donnell
Party: Labour
Type: House of Commons
Council areas: East Lothian
EP constituency: Scotland

East Lothian is a constituency in Scotland which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983. Throughout this time, it has always been represented by the Labour Party. The current MP is Fiona O'Donnell.

The East Lothian Labour Party voted on 22 January 2010 to deselect the previous MP Anne Moffat.[1] The National Executive Committee upheld the decision on 23 March 2010.[2] Fiona O'Donnell was elected in 2010 with an increased majority from 2005.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the whole of the East Lothian council area in Scotland. The East Lothian town of Musselburgh was added to the seat from Edinburgh East and Musselburgh in 2005. Before the 1983 general election, the area lay in the Berwick and East Lothian constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 John Home Robertson Labour
2001 Anne Picking Labour
2010 Fiona O'Donnell Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: East Lothian
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Jason Rose[4]
Labour Fiona O'Donnell[5]
General Election 2010: East Lothian[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fiona O'Donnell 21,919 44.6 +3.1
Conservative Michael Veitch 9,661 19.7 +3.7
Liberal Democrat Stuart Ritchie 8,228 16.9 −8.0
SNP Andrew Sharp 7,883 16.0 +2.9
Scottish Green James Mackenzie 862 1.8 −0.7
UKIP Jonathan Lloyd 548 1.1 +0.4
Majority 12,258 24.9
Turnout 49,161 66.9 +2.2
Labour hold Swing −0.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: East Lothian
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anne Moffat 18,983 41.5 −7.4
Liberal Democrat Chris Butler 11,363 24.8 +7.6
Conservative William Stevenson 7,315 16.0 0.0
SNP Paul McLennan 5,995 13.1 −1.8
Scottish Green Michael Collie 1,132 2.5 N/A
Scottish Socialist Gary Galbraith 504 1.1 N/A
UKIP Eric Robb 306 0.7 N/A
Christian Vote William Thompson 178 0.4 N/A
Majority 7,620 16.6
Turnout 45,776 64.5 +3.6
Labour hold Swing −7.5
General Election 2001: East Lothian
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anne Picking 17,407 47.2 −5.5
Conservative Hamish Mair 6,577 17.8 −2.1
Liberal Democrat Judith Hayman 6,506 17.6 +7.1
SNP Hilary Brown 5,381 14.6 −1.1
Scottish Socialist Derrick White 624 1.7 N/A
Socialist Labour James Herriot 376 1.0 N/A
Majority 10,830 29.4
Turnout 36,871 62.5 −13.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: East Lothian[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Home Robertson 22,881 52.7 +6.2
Conservative Murdo Fraser 8,660 19.9 −8.3
SNP David McCarthy 6,825 15.7 +1.5
Liberal Democrat Alison MacAskill 4,575 10.5 −0.7
Referendum Party Norman Nash 491 1.1 N/A
Majority 14,221 32.7
Turnout 43,432 75.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: East Lothian[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Home Robertson 25,537 46.5 −1.6
Conservative James P. Heptburne-Scott 15,501 28.2 −0.1
SNP George R. Thomson 7,776 14.2 +6.9
Liberal Democrat Tim McKay 6,126 11.2 −4.3
Majority 10,036 18.3 −1.5
Turnout 54,940 82.4 +3.7
Labour hold Swing −0.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: East Lothian[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Home Robertson 24,583 48.0
Conservative SM Langdon 14,378 28.3
Liberal A Robinson 7,929 15.5
SNP A Burgon-Lyon 3,727 7.3
Scottish Green A Marland 451 0.9
Majority 10,105 78.7
Turnout 78.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: East Lothian[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Home Robertson 20,934 43.9
Conservative M Fry 14,693 30.8
Liberal M Kibby 9,950 20.9
SNP R Knox 2,083 4.4
Majority 5,241 13.1
Turnout 75.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moffat faces deselection after police called to club rebellion". Edinburgh Evening News. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Carrell, Severin (23 March 2010). "Labour party upholds decision to deselect East Lothian MP Anne Moffat". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ http://eastlothiangreens.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/east-lothian-greens-select-jason-rose.html
  5. ^ http://electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/east-lothian-2015.html
  6. ^ [1] BBC News
  7. ^ "Aristotle: East Lothian", Guardian Unlimited
  8. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
  9. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
  10. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 

Coordinates: 55°56′51″N 2°43′35″W / 55.94750°N 2.72639°W / 55.94750; -2.72639