Edinburgh Southern (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Edinburgh Southern
Scottish Parliament
burgh constituency
Edinburgh Southern (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
Lothian (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Edinburgh Southern shown within the Lothian electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 2011
Created from Edinburgh South
MSP Jim Eadie
Council area City of Edinburgh
Party Scottish National Party

Edinburgh Southern 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, however, 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 Pentlands, 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 Southern constituency was created as a result of the First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries and largely replaced the Edinburgh South constituency.

For the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, Edinburgh South was redrawn and renamed "Edinburgh Southern". The electoral wards used in this seat are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
2011 Jim Eadie Scottish National Party

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Edinburgh Southern
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Jim Eadie 9,947 29.4 +12.3
Labour Paul Godzik 9,254 27.4 +3.3
Liberal Democrats Mike Pringle 8,297 24.6 -11.8
Conservative Gavin Brown 6,298 18.6 -3.7
Majority 693 2.1
Turnout 33,796 61.5
SNP gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Edinburgh Southern
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 11,731 36.4
Labour 7,776 24.1
Conservative 7,194 22.3
SNP 5,533 17.2
Majority 3,955 12.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

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