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Edinburgh West is a burgh constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (at Westminster), first used in the 1885 general election. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
Prior to the 2005 general election the constituency had the same boundaries as the Scottish Parliament constituency with the same name, which had been created in 1999. See Edinburgh West (Scottish Parliament constituency).
This commuter belt constituency, distinctively in the city, was a safe Unionist/Conservative seat for over 65 years, from the 1931 general election until the 1997 general election; since then the seat has been held by the Liberal Democrats.
The previous MP, Liberal Democrat John Barrett stood down at the 2010 general election.
The constituency was created when the Edinburgh constituency was abolished, in 1885, in favour of four new constituencies: Edinburgh East, Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh South and Edinburgh West. The Central constituency was abolished in 2005. The East constituency was abolished in 1997, but a new Edinburgh East was created in 2005. The South and West constituencies have been in continuous use (with alterations to boundaries) since 1885.
The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 provided that the constituency was to consist of the Municipal Wards of St. Andrew, St. Stephen, St. Bernard, and St. Luke.
In 1918 the constituency consisted of the "Dalry, Gorgie, Haymarket and St. Bernard's Municipal Wards of Edinburgh."
Prior to the 2005 general election, Edinburgh West was one of six constituencies covering the City of Edinburgh council area. Five were entirely within the city council area. One, Edinburgh East and Musselburgh, straddled the boundary with the East Lothian council area to take in Musselburgh.
Constituency boundaries were revised for the 2005 election. Edinburgh West was enlarged, to include an area formerly within Edinburgh Central, and became one of five constituencies covering the city area.
The constituency now covers a north western portion of the city area. It is mostly suburban, but takes in rural areas within the city area, to the west of central Edinburgh. In terms of wards used in elections to the City of Edinburgh Council, 1999 to 2007, the constituency includes the wards of Cramond, Dalmeny and Kirkliston, Davidson's Mains, East Craigs, Gyle, Muirhouse and Drylaw, Murrayfield, North East Corstorphine, Queensferry, South East Corstorphine and Stenhouse. These wards are due to be replaced with new wards in 2007, as a result of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004.
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- ^ Swanson, Ian (2009-07-25). "'Good to go out at the top' – MP Barrett to stand down". The Scotsman (Edinburgh).
- ^ Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, Sixth Schedule
- ^ Fifth Periodical Review, Boundary Commission for Scotland
- ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)
- ^ Edinburgh West UKPolling
- ^ "Lib Dems' Barrett to quit as MP". BBC News. 2009-07-25. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
- ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Edinburgh West". BBC News.
- ^ University of Keele - Political Science Resources - Edinburgh West
- ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.
- ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1944
- ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
- ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
- ^ a b British Parliamentary Elections 1918 1945 FWS Craig
- ^ Oliver and Boyd's Edinburgh Almanack, 1927
- ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
- ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
- ^ a b c Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
- ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
- ^ a b c Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1889
See also 
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|Liberal Democrat (11)
|Scottish National Party (6)
- Aberdeen North
- Aberdeen South
- Airdrie & Shotts
- Argyll & Bute
- Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock
- Banff & Buchan
- Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk
- Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross
- Central Ayrshire
- Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill
- Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East
- Dumfries & Galloway
- Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale
- Dundee East
- Dundee West
- Dunfermline & West Fife
- East Dunbartonshire
- East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow
- East Lothian
- East Renfrewshire
- Edinburgh East
- Edinburgh North & Leith
- Edinburgh South
- Edinburgh South West
- Edinburgh West
- Glasgow Central
- Glasgow East
- Glasgow North
- Glasgow North East
- Glasgow North West
- Glasgow South
- Glasgow South West
- Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey
- Kilmarnock & Loudoun
- Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath
- Lanark & Hamilton East
- Linlithgow & East Falkirk
- Motherwell & Wishaw
- Na h-Eileanan an Iar
- North Ayrshire & Arran
- North East Fife
- Ochil & South Perthshire
- Orkney & Shetland
- Paisley & Renfrewshire North
- Paisley & Renfrewshire South
- Perth & North Perthshire
- Ross, Skye & Lochaber
- Rutherglen & Hamilton West
- West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine
- West Dunbartonshire
Coordinates: 55°57′09″N 3°19′58″W / 55.95250°N 3.33278°W