Edinburgh West (Scottish Parliament constituency)
|Former burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
|Council area||City of Edinburgh|
|Replaced by||Edinburgh Western|
Edinburgh West 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 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.
From the Scottish Parliament election, 2011, Edinburgh West is to be re-drawn and renamed Edinburgh Western.
The other eight constituencies of the Lothians region are Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh, Edinburgh North and Leith, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh South, Linlithgow, Livingston and Midlothian.
Constituency boundaries and council area
The Edinburgh West 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.
The Holyrood constituency covers a western portion of the City of Edinburgh council area. The rest of the city area is covered by five other constituencies, all also in the Lothians electoral region: Edinburgh North and Leith, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Pentlands, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh and Edinburgh South,
Edinburgh West has boundaries with the Edinburgh North and Leith constituency, the Edinburgh Central constituency, and the Edinburgh Pentlands constituency.
Edinburgh East and Musselburgh also covers the Musselburgh portion of the East Lothian council area. The rest of the East Lothian area is covered by the East Lothian constituency, which is in the South of Scotland electoral region.
Edinburgh West includes the wards of Cramond, Dalmeny and Kirkliston, Davidson's Mains, East Craigs, Gyle, Muirhouse and Drylaw, Murrayfield, North East Corstorphine, South Queensferry, South East Corstorphine, and Stenhouse, part of the Craigleith ward, which is split with Edinburgh Central, and part of the Pilton ward, which is split with Edinburgh North and Leith. The wards were created in 1999, at the same time as the constituency, and are due to be replaced with new wards in 2007, without change to constituency boundaries.
From the 2011 election, Edinburgh West is to be redrawn and renamed "Edinburgh Western". The electoral wards used in this seat are;
- In full: Almond, Drum Brae/Gyle
- In part: Forth, Inverleith, Corstorphine/Murrayfield
Edinburgh West is mostly suburban, but takes in rural areas to the west. It includes Cramond, Davidson's Mains, East Craigs, Gyle, Murrayfield, Ratho, South Queensferry, a part of the Craigleith area and a part of the Pilton area.
Members of the Scottish Parliament
|1999||Margaret Smith||Liberal Democrat|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Edinburgh West|
|Liberal Democrats||Margaret Smith||13,677||39.4||-3.9|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
|Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Edinburgh West|
|Liberal Democrats||Margaret Smith||14,434||43.34||+6.88|
|Scottish Socialist||Pat Smith||993||2.98||+2.98|
|Scottish Peoples Alliance||Bruce Skivington||175||0.53||+0.53|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
|Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Edinburgh West|
|Liberal Democrats||Margaret Smith||15,161||36.46||N/A|