Edinburgh Central (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|Edinburgh Central shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland|
|MSP||Marco Biagi MSP|
|Council area||City of Edinburgh|
|Party||Scottish National Party|
Edinburgh Central 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, it is one of nine constituencies in the Lothian 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 constituency was created with the name and boundaries of a constituency of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster). The Westminster constituency was later abolished, in 2005. See Edinburgh Central (UK Parliament constituency).
Since 1999, the constituency MSP has been an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Scotland. From 1925 until 1999, that role had been taken by the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Westminster constituency.
The other eight constituencies of the Lothian region are Almond Valley, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh Southern, Edinburgh Western, Linlithgow and Midlothian North and Musselburgh
Constituency boundaries and council area
The City of Edinburgh is represented in the Scottish Parliament by five constituencies: Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh Southern and Edinburgh Western.
The Edinburgh Central 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.
In time for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, the seat of Edinburgh Central has been redrawn. Each electoral ward used in the creation of the redrawn Central is split, shared with neighbouring constituencies.
- Inverleith (shared with Edinburgh Northern and Leith and Edinburgh Western)
- Corstorphine/Murrayfield (shared with Edinburgh Western)
- Sighthill/Gorgie (shared with Edinburgh Pentlands and Edinburgh Southern)
- Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart (shared with Edinburgh Southern)
- Meadows/Morningside (shared with Edinburgh Southern)
- City Centre (shared with Edinburgh Eastern)
- Southside/Newington (shared with Southern)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
|Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Edinburgh Central|
|Liberal Democrats||Alex Cole-Hamilton||5,937||20.5||-10.3|
|SNP gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||3.2|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Edinburgh Central|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Labour||Swing|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Edinburgh Central (constituency vote)|
|Liberal Democrats||Siobhan Mathers||7,962||27.1||+4.3|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Edinburgh Central|
|Liberal Democrats||Andy Myles||6,400||22.85||+6.31|
|Scottish Socialist||Catriona Grant||2,552||9.11||+6.89|
|Scottish Peoples Alliance||James O'Neill||229||0.82||+0.82|
|Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Edinburgh Central|
|Liberal Democrats||Andy Myles||6,187||16.54||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||Kevin Williamson||830||2.22||N/A|
Regional List votes
|Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Edinburgh Central (additional member vote)|
|Scottish Green||Regional list||4,213||14.4||+2.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Regional list||2,849||9.7||-5.7|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Edinburgh Central (additional member vote)|
|Liberal Democrats||Regional list||4,621||15.4|
|Scottish Green||Regional list||3,619||12.1|
- See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland
- Statement of Persons Nominated Edinburgh Council
- Sub-constituency election results for the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections
- Scottish Parliamentary Election Regional list by Constituency, Lothians Region