Edinburgh Pentlands (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Edinburgh Pentlands
Scottish Parliament
burgh constituency
Edinburgh Pentlands (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Lothian (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Edinburgh Pentlands shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP Gordon MacDonald
Council area City of Edinburgh
Party Scottish National Party

Edinburgh Pentlands is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. 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.

Electoral region[edit]

The other eight constituencies of the Lothian region are Almond Valley, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Edinburgh Southern, Edinburgh Western, Linlithgow and Midlothian North and Musselburgh

The region includes all of the City of Edinburgh council area, parts of the East Lothian council area, parts of the Midlothian council area and all of the West Lothian council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

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 Pentlands 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.[1]

The newly formed Edinburgh Pentlands uses the following electoral wards:

Members of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Iain Gray Labour
2003 David McLetchie Conservative
2007
2011 Gordon MacDonald Scottish National Party

Election results[edit]

2011 election reults[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Edinburgh Pentlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Gordon MacDonald 11,197 37.3% +11.1%
Conservative David McLetchie 9,439 31.4% -3.7%
Labour Ricky Henderson 7,993 26.6% +0.1%
Liberal Democrats Simon Clark 1,420 4.5% -7.5%
Majority 1,758 5.9
Turnout 30,049 56.9
SNP gain from Conservative Swing

Liberal Democrats gained under 5% of the poll and thus lost their deposit

Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Edinburgh Pentlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 11,178 35.1
Labour 8,436 26.5
SNP 8,319 26.1
Liberal Democrats 3,882 12.2
Others 14 0.0
Majority 2,742 8.6
Conservative hold Swing

2007 election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Edinburgh Pentlands[3]

Notes: Green background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
Conservative Green tickY David McLetchie 12,927 37.60 +0.40 8,940 25.07
Labour Sheila Gilmore 8,402 24.44 -6.44 7,539 21.61
SNP Ian McKee 8,234 23.95 +7.12 7,879 22.09
Liberal Democrats Simon Clark 4,814 14.00 +2.19 3,401 9.54
Independent - Margo McDonald 2,857 8.01
Scottish Green   2,018 5.66
Scottish Senior Citizens   481 1.38
Scottish Christian   279 0.80
BNP   261 0.73
Solidarity   245 0.70
Socialist Labour   206 0.58
Scottish Socialist   161 0.45
Publican Party 130 0.37
Christian Peoples   102 0.29
UKIP   97 0.28
Adam Lyal's Witchery Tour Party 72 0.20
The Had Enough Party 70 0.20
Scottish Voice   69 0.20
Scotland Against Crooked Lawyers 32 0.09
Scottish Enterprise   23 0.07
Independent - Alex Scott 13 0.04
Independent - John Gibb Wilson 4 0.01
Independent - Duncan Thorp 3 0.01
Informal votes 1,528 1,023
Total Valid votes 34,377 34,882
Turnout 35,905 59.1
Conservative hold Majority 4,525 13.16 +6.84

2003 election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Edinburgh Pentlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David McLetchie 12,420 37.2 +8.3
Labour Iain Gray 10,309 30.9 −5.3
SNP Ian McKee 5,620 16.8 −5.3
Liberal Democrats Simon Clark 3,943 11.8 −0.9
Scottish Socialist Frank O'Donnell 1,090 3.3 +3.3
Majority 2,111 6.3
Turnout 33,382 57.03 −8.94
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 6.8%

1999 election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Edinburgh Pentlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Iain Gray 14,343 36.2 N/A
Conservative David McLetchie 11,458 28.9 N/A
SNP Stewart Gibb 8,770 22.2 N/A
Liberal Democrats Ian Gibson 5,029 12.7 N/A
Majority 2,885 7.3 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
  3. ^ Sub-constituency election results for the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections - data- Scotland Office; 30 April 2008; retrieved 5 April 2011

See also[edit]