First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries

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The First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries was carried out by the Boundary Commission for Scotland. It was announced on 3 July 2007[1] that the review was taking place and the final proposals were published on 26 May 2010.[2] The new constituencies and regions were used for the first time at the 2011 Scottish Parliament election.

The Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Act 2004 requires the commission to review boundaries of all constituencies except Orkney and Shetland (which cover, respectively, the Orkney Islands council area and the Shetland Islands council area) so that the area covered by the reviewed constituencies will continue to be covered by a total of 71 constituencies.

The Orkney and Shetland constituencies were taken into account, however, in review of boundaries of the additional member regions.

Final recommendations followed public consultations and a series of local inquiries, and the terms of the 2004 act required final recommendations to be submitted in a report to the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Boundary changes[edit]

For the purposes of the review the Boundary Commission for Scotland must take into account the boundaries of the local government council areas. In order to do this some council areas were grouped together; the largest of these groupings of provisional proposals consisted of four of Scotland's 32 council areas, and the smallest only containing one. Constituencies created in 1999 were based on Scottish Westminster constituencies that were created in 1997 and were based on the boundaries of local government regions and districts and islands areas that existed at that time but have since been abolished and replaced with the council areas.

Following the provisional proposal stages the Commission published their Final Recommendations. All the review processes were completed with the outlined constituencies below.

Constituencies[edit]

Council area or areas Map of Council areas Existing constituency or constituencies Map of existing Proposed constituency or constituencies Map of proposed
Aberdeen City,

Aberdeenshire, Angus,

and

Moray

Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Moray.svg Aberdeen Central (part of Aberdeen City council area),

Aberdeen South (part of Aberdeen City council area),
Aberdeen North (part of Aberdeen City council area),
Banff and Buchan (part of Aberdeenshire council area),
Gordon (part of Aberdeenshire and part of Moray council areas),
Moray (part of Moray council area),
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (part of Aberdeenshire council area),
part of Angus (part of Angus council area), and
part of North Tayside (part of Angus council area)

Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Moray 1999.svg Aberdeen Central (part of Aberdeen City council area),

Aberdeen Donside (part of Aberdeen City council area),
Aberdeen South and North Kincardine (part of Aberdeen City and part of Aberdeenshire council area),
Aberdeenshire East (part of Aberdeenshire council area),
Aberdeenshire West (part of Aberdeenshire council area),
Angus North and Mearns (part of Aberdeenshire and Angus council areas),
Angus South (part of Angus council area),
Banffshire and Buchan Coast (part of Aberdeenshire council area and part of Moray council area), and
Moray (part of Moray council area)

Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Moray 2011.svg
Argyll and Bute,

East Dunbartonshire,

and

West Dunbartonshire

Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire.svg Argyll and Bute (part of Argyll and Bute council area),

Dumbarton (part of Argyll and Bute and part of West Dunbartonshire council areas),
Clydebank and Milngavie (part of West Dunbartonshire council area), and
Strathkelvin and Bearsden (part of East Dumbartonshire council area)

Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire 1999.svg Argyll and Bute (part of Argyll and Bute council area),

Dumbarton (part of Argyll and Bute and West Dunbartonshire council areas),
Clydebank and Milngavie (part of East Dumbartonshire and part of West Dunbartonshire council areas), and
Strathkelvin and Bearsden (part of East Dumbartonshire council area)

Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire 2011.svg
Clackmannanshire,

and Stirling

Clackmannanshire, Stirling.svg Stirling (part of Stirling council area), and

part of Ochil (Clackmannanshire and part of Stirling council areas)

Clackmannanshire, Stirling 1999.svg Clackmannanshire and Dunblane (Clackmannanshire council area and part of Stirling council area), and

Stirling (part of Stirling council area)

Clackmannanshire, Stirling 2011.svg
Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries and Galloway council area.svg Dumfries, and
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Dumfries and Galloway 1999.svg Dumfriesshire, and
Galloway and West Dumfries
Dumfries and Galloway 2011.svg
Dundee City Dundee City council area.svg Dundee East,

Dundee West, and
parts of Angus

Dundee 1999.svg Dundee City East, and
Dundee City West
Dundee 2011.svg
East Ayrshire,

and

South Ayrshire,

East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire.svg Ayr (part of South Ayrshire council area),

Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (part of East Ayrshire and part of South Ayrshire council areas),
Kilmarnock and Loudoun (parts of East Ayrshire council area),

East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire 1999.svg Ayr (part of South Ayrshire council area),
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (part of South Ayrshire and East Ayrshire council areas),
Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley (part of East Ayrshire council area),
East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire 2011.svg
East Lothian,

Midlothian,

and

Scottish Borders

East Lothian, Midlothian, Scottish Borders.svg East Lothian (part of East Lothian council area),

Midlothian (part of Midlothian council area),
Roxburgh and Berwickshire (part of Scottish Borders council area),
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale (part of Scottish Borders and part of Midlothian council areas), and
part of Edinburgh East and Musselburgh (part of East Lothian council area)

East Lothian, Midlothian, Scottish Borders 1999.svg East Lothian (part of East Lothian council area),

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire (part of East Lothian and part of Midlothian council areas),
Midlothian North and Musselburgh (part of Scottish Borders council area), and
Midlothian South, Tweedale and Lauderdale (part of Midlothian and part of Scottish Borders council areas)

East Lothian, Midlothian, Scottish Borders 2011.svg|
East Renfrewshire,

Inverclyde,

and

Renfrewshire

East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire.svg Eastwood (East Renfrewshire council area)
Greenock and Inverclyde

Paisley North

Paisley South

West Renfrewshire

East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire 1999.svg Eastwood (parts of East Renfrewshire council area)

Greenock and Inverclyde (part of Inverclyde council area)
Paisley (part of Renfrewshire council area)
Renfrewshire North and West (parts of Inverclyde council area and parts of Renfrewshire council area)
Renfrewshire South (parts of East Renfrewshire council area and Renfrewshire council area)

East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire 2011.svg
Edinburgh, City of City of Edinburgh council area.svg Edinburgh Central,

Edinburgh North and Leith,
Edinburgh South,
Edinburgh Pentlands,
Edinburgh West, and
part of Edinburgh East and Musselburgh

City of Edinburgh 1999.svg Edinburgh Central,

Edinburgh Eastern,
Edinburgh Northern and Leith,
Edinburgh Pentlands,
Edinburgh Southern,
Edinburgh Western

City of Edinburgh 2011.svg
Falkirk Falkirk council area.svg Falkirk East, and

Falkirk West

Falkirk 1999.svg Falkirk East, and

Falkirk West

Falkirk 2011.svg
Fife Fife council area.svg Central Fife,

Dunfermline East,
Dunfermline West,
Fife North East, and
Kirkcaldy

Fife 1999.svg Cowdenbeath,

Dunfermline,
Kirkcaldy,
Mid Fife and Glenrothes, and
North East Fife

Fife 2011.svg
Glasgow City Glasgow City.svg Glasgow Anniesland,

Glasgow Baillieston,
Glasgow Cathcart,
Glasgow Govan,
Glasgow Kelvin,
Glasgow Maryhill,
Glasgow Pollok,
Glasgow Shettleston,
Glasgow Springburn, and
part of Glasgow Rutherglen

Glasgow 1999.svg Glasgow Anniesland,

Glasgow Cathcart,
Glasgow Kelvin,
Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn,
Glasgow Pollok,
Glasgow Provan,
Glasgow Shettleston, and
Glasgow Southside

Glasgow 2011.svg
Highland Highland council.svg Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross,

Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber, and
Ross, Skye and Inverness West

Highland 1999.svg Caithness, Sutherland and Ross,

Inverness and Nairn, and
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch

Highland 2011.svg
Na h-Eileanan Siar Na h-Eileanan an Iar council area.svg Western Isles Na h-Eileanan Siar 1999.svg Na h-Eileanan an Iar Na h-Eileanan Siar 2011.svg
Perth and Kinross Perth and Kinross council area.svg Perth,

part of Angus,
part of North Tayside, and
part of Ochil

Perth and Kinross 1999.svg Perthshire North, and

Perthshire South and Kinross-shire

Perth and Kinross 2011.svg
North Ayrshire North Ayrshire council area.svg Cunninghame North, and

Cunninghame South

Ayrshire North 1999.svg Cunninghame North, and

Cunninghame South

North Ayrshire 2011.svg
North Lanarkshire,

and

South Lanarkshire

North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire.svg Motherwell and Wishaw

Airdrie and Shotts

Coatbridge and Chryston

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth

Hamilton North and Bellshill

Clydesdale

East Kilbride

Glasgow Rutherglen(part of South Lanarkshire council area and part of Glasgow City council area)

Hamilton South
North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire 1999.svg Airdrie and Shotts,
Coatbridge and Chryston,
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth,
East Kilbride, Falkirk East, Falkirk West, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Motherwell and Wishaw, and Uddingston and Bellshill
North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire 2011.svg
West Lothian West Lothian council area.svg Livingston,

Linlithgow

West Lothian 1999.svg Almond Valley

Linlithgow

West Lothian 2011.svg

Electoral regions[edit]

The Boundary Commission have also recommended changes to the electoral regions used to elect "list" members of the Scottish Parliament. The recommendations[3] can be summarised below;

Region Constituencies Map
Central Scotland Airdrie and Shotts
Coatbridge and Chryston
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
East Kilbride
Falkirk East
Falkirk West
Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse
Motherwell and Wishaw
Uddingston and Bellshill
Glasgow Anniesland
Cathcart
Kelvin
Maryhill and Springburn
Pollok
Provan
Shettleston
Southside
Rutherglen
Highlands and Islands Argyll and Bute
Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
Inverness and Nairn
Moray
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Orkney
Shetland
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
Lothian Almond Valley
Edinburgh Central
Edinburgh Eastern
Edinburgh Northern and Leith
Edinburgh Pentlands
Edinburgh Southern
Edinburgh Western
Linlithgow
Midlothian North and Musselburgh
Mid Scotland and Fife Clackmannanshire and Dunblane
Cowdenbeath
Dunfermline
Kirkcaldy
Mid Fife and Glenrothes
North East Fife
Perthshire North
Perthshire South and Kinross-shire
Stirling
North East Scotland Aberdeen Central
Aberdeen Donside
Aberdeen South and North Kincardine
Aberdeenshire East
Aberdeenshire West
Angus North and Mearns
Angus South
Banffshire and Buchan Coast
Dundee City East
Dundee City West
South Scotland Ayr
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley
Clydesdale
Dumfriesshire
East Lothian
Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Galloway and West Dumfries
Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley
Midlothian South, Tweeddale, and Lauderdale
West Scotland Clydebank and Milngavie
Cunninghame North
Cunninghame South
Dumbarton
Eastwood
Greenock and Inverclyde
Paisley
Renfrewshire North and West
Renfrewshire South
Strathkelvin and Bearsden

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