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. Scottish Parliament constituencies retain the boundaries of the older Westminster constituencies.
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. In terms of wards used in elections to the City of Edinburgh Council, 1999 to 2007, the constituency includes the wards of 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 are due to be replaced with new wards in 2007.
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
- Fifth Periodical Review, Boundary Commission for Scotland
- Edinburgh South West, UKPollingReport
- Hugo Wils and Paul Davies, "UK: Protesters confront anti-Muslim rightists", The Militant, 12 April 2010
- 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