Edinburgh North and Leith (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Edinburgh North and Leith
Scottish Parliament
burgh constituency
Edinburgh North and Leith ScottishParliamentConstituency.PNG
Lothians 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Edinburgh North and Leith shown within the Lothians electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
Abolished 2011
Council area City of Edinburgh

Edinburgh North and Leith was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elected one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. Also, however, it was one of nine constituencies in the Lothians 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 Scottish Parliament election, 2011, the constituency was largely replaced by Edinburgh Northern and Leith.

Electoral region[edit]

See also Lothians Scottish Parliament region

The other eight constituencies of the Lothians region were Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh South, Edinburgh West, Linlithgow, Livingston and Midlothian.

The region covered the City of Edinburgh council area, the West Lothian council area, part of the Midlothian council area, and part of the East Lothian council area.

Constituency boundaries[edit]

The Edinburgh North and Leith constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the same name and boundaries as an existing Westminster constituency. In 2005, however, Scottish House of Commons constituencies were mostly replaced with new constituencies.[1]

Council area[edit]

The Holyrood constituency covered a northern portion of the City of Edinburgh council area. The rest of the city area was covered by five other constituencies, all also in the Lothians electoral region: Edinburgh East and Musselburgh, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh South, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh West.

Edinburgh North and Leith had boundaries with the Edinburgh East and Musselburgh constituency, the Edinburgh Central constituency and the Edinburgh West constituency.

The Edinburgh East and Musselburgh constituency also covered the Musselburgh portion of the East Lothian council area. The rest of the East Lothian area was covered by the East Lothian constituency, which was in the South of Scotland electoral region.

Wards[edit]

Edinburgh North and Leith included the wards of Broughton, Calton, Granton, Harbour, Lorne, New Town, Newhaven, Stockbridge, Trinity, and part of the Pilton ward, which is split with the Edinburgh West constituency. The wards were created in 1999, at the same time as the constituency, and was replaced with new wards in 2007, without change to constituency boundaries.

Constituency profile[edit]

Edinburgh North and Leith was an urban constituency. It included Granton, Leith, New Town, Newhaven, Stockbridge, Trinity and a part of the Pilton area.

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Malcolm Chisholm Labour
2003
2007

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Edinburgh Northern and Leith
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Malcolm Chisholm 12,858 41.6 +6.5
SNP Shirley-Anne Somerville 12,263 39.7 +11.8
Conservative Sheila Low 2,928 9.5 -0.6
Liberal Democrats Dan Farthing 2,836 9.2 -17.7
Majority 595 1.9 -5.8
Turnout 30,885 52.9 +0.1
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Edinburgh North and Leith
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Malcolm Chisholm 11,020 34.8 -3.4
Liberal Democrats Mike Crockart 8,576 27.1 +10.4
SNP Davie Hutchison 8,044 25.4 +6.0
Conservative Iain Whyte 4,045 12.8 -4.0
Majority 2,444 7.7
Turnout 31,685 52.8 +4.7
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Edinburgh North and Leith
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Malcolm Chisholm 10,979 38.21 −8.73
SNP Anne Dana 5,565 19.37 −5.34
Conservative Ian Mowat 4,821 16.78 + 3.05
Liberal Democrats Sebastian Tombs 4,785 16.65 + 5.65
Scottish Socialist Bill Scott 2,584 8.99 +6.51
Majority 5,414 18.84 −2.27
Turnout 28,734 47.49 −10.70
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Edinburgh North and Leith
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Malcolm Chisholm 17,203 46.94 N/A
SNP Anne Dana 9,467 25.83 N/A
Conservative Jamie Sempill 5,030 13.73 N/A
Liberal Democrats Sebastian Tombs 4,039 11.02 N/A
Scottish Socialist Ron Brown 907 2.48 N/A
Majority 7,736 21.11 N/A
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland
  2. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated Edinburgh Council

See also[edit]