Galloway and Upper Nithsdale (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Former county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
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South of Scotland 1999 (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale shown within the South of Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Former constituency
Created 1999
Abolished 2011
Council area Dumfries and Galloway

Galloway and Upper Nithsdale was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elected one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. This constituency was ablished for the 2011 election, with 78.4% of the constituency being incorporated into the new Galloway and West Dumfries (Scottish Parliament constituency), with the rest becoming part of the Dumfriesshire (Scottish Parliament constituency).[1]

Electoral region[edit]

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

The Galloway and Upper Nithsdale 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.[2]

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Alex Fergusson represented the constituency from the 2003 election until its abolition in 2011, having previously been an MSP for the South of Scotland regional list from 1999 to 2003. Originally elected as a Conservative, he was the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament from 2007–2011, a post which required him to relinquish party allegiance.

Election Member Party
1999 Alasdair Morgan Scottish National Party
2003 Alex Fergusson Conservative
2007
2011 Constituency abolished, see Galloway and West Dumfries

Election results[edit]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Galloway and Upper Nithsdale[3]

Notes: Green background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%
Conservative Green tickY Alex Fergusson 13,387 44.16 +5.64 10,550 34.62
SNP Alasdair Morgan 10,054 33.16 -5.02 9,163 30.07
Labour Stephen Hodgson 4,935 16.28 +1.66 6,078 19.95
Liberal Democrats Alastair Cooper 1,631 5.38 -0.90 1,672 5.49
Independent Sandy Richardson 311 1.03 +1.03
Scottish Green   1,106 3.63
Scottish Senior Citizens   513 1.68
BNP   261 0.86
Scottish Christian   233 0.76
UKIP   233 0.76
Solidarity   192 0.63
Socialist Labour   172 0.56
Independent - Paddy Scott Hogg 97 0.32
Scottish Socialist   88 0.29
Christian Peoples   69 0.23
Scottish Voice   45 0.15
Informal votes 977 823
Total Valid votes 30,318 30,472
Turnout 31,295
Conservative hold Majority 3,333 10.99 +10.66
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alex Fergusson 11,332 38.2 + 8.0
SNP Alasdair Morgan 11,233 37.9 −1.4
Labour Norma Harte 4,299 14.5 −5.9
Liberal Democrats Neil Wallace 1,847 6.2 −3.9
Scottish Socialist Joy Cherkaoui 709 2.4 + 2.3
Majority 99 0.3
Conservative gain from SNP Swing 4.6
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Alasdair Morgan 13,873 39.3 n/a
Conservative Alex Fergusson 10,672 30.2 n/a
Labour Jim Stevens 7,209 20.4 n/a
Liberal Democrats Joan Mitchell 3,562 10.1 n/a
Majority 3,201 9.1 n/a
Preceded by
Ochil
Constituency represented by the Presiding Officer
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Mid Fife and Glenrothes

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ BBC News (PDF) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/08_09_10_boundaryreport.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ See The 5th Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Scotland
  3. ^ Sub-constituency election results for the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections - data- Scotland Office; 30 April 2008 (retrieved 5 April 2011)

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