Edinburgh South West (UK Parliament constituency)
|Edinburgh South West|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Edinburgh South West in Scotland.
|Subdivisions of Scotland||City of Edinburgh|
|Member of Parliament||Alistair Darling (Labour)|
|Created from||Edinburgh Pentlands and Edinburgh Central|
|European Parliament constituency||Scotland|
Edinburgh South West is a Scottish constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster), first used in the 2005 general election. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
Edinburgh South West is one of five constituencies covering the City of Edinburgh council area. All are entirely within the city council area.
Prior to the 2005 general election, the city area had been covered by six constituencies and, of the six, there was one, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh, which straddled the boundary with the East Lothian council area, to include Musselburgh.
Edinburgh South West is mostly a replacement for the former Edinburgh Pentlands constituency, but excludes some of the east of that constituency. Also, it includes a south western portion of the former Edinburgh Central constituency. The Scottish Parliament uses different boundaries. Edinburgh South West is mostly contained within the Edinburgh Pentlands constituency for elections to the Scottish Parliament, with some parts of the north and east of the seat being located in the constituencies of Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Southern and Edinburgh Western.
Edinburgh South West covers a south western portion of the city area. It has an urban north east and a suburban centre. The remainder is rural, and runs into the Pentland Hills in the south. The constituency comprises the following wards of the City of Edinburgh Council which were used in elections to the council at the time of the constituency's first contest in 2005: Balerno, Baberton, Colinton, Craiglockhart, Dalry, Firrhill, Fountainbridge, Moat, Murrayburn, Parkhead, Shandon and Sighthill. As a result of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, these wards were replaced with new wards in 2007. Current ward boundaries are not aligned with the constituency boundaries.
Member of Parliament
Since its creation, the seat has been represented by Alistair Darling, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, who previously represented the former seat of Edinburgh Central from 1987 to 2005.
This seat was formed from Edinburgh Central and Edinburgh Pentlands.
Edinburgh South West
|General Election 2010: Edinburgh South West|
|Liberal Democrat||Tim McKay||8,194||18.0||-3.1|
|Scottish Green||Clare Cooney||872||1.9||-1.6|
|Scottish Socialist||Colin Fox||319||0.7||-0.6|
|Communist League||Caroline Bellamy||48||0.1||N/A|
|General Election 2005: Edinburgh South West|
|Liberal Democrats||Simon Clark||9,252||21.1||N/A|
|Scottish Green||John Blair-Fish||1,520||3.5||N/A|
|Scottish Socialist||Pat Smith||585||1.3||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
|Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
2007 – 2010